Five-episode documentary series about author and journalist Jillian Lauren’s unprecedented relationship and most prolific serial killer in American history, Sam Little, will bow to Starz this spring after a Film Festival premiere SXSW.
The story will detail Lauren’s race against time to identify Little’s victims. The series will be produced and directed by filmmaker Joe Berlinger (The lost paradise Trilogy, Metallica: a kind of monster, Conversations with a Killer: The Ted Bundy Tapes) with Po Kutchins (The Murder of Laci Peterson, Prison Town, USA, The Circus: Inside the Greatest Political Show on Earth) as showrunner and executive producer.
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Little recently died in prison. He is estimated to have killed at least 93 victims during his decades-long crime spree. The incidents only came to light after he was convicted of murdering three Los Angeles women and began speaking to investigators about his other crimes.
Through the perspectives of Lauren and several female investigators, survivors and family members of the victims, Confront a serial killer highlights the systemic problems of the criminal justice system. The documentary series is produced by Lionsgate Television, Third Eye Motion Picture Company and RadicalMedia.
The series will have its world premiere at the annual SXSW film festival in March, Confront a serial killer will air this spring on Starz in the United States and Canada, and will air day and date on the international streaming service Starzplay across Europe, Latin America and Japan.
“It was important to me and to everyone working on this project that we focused on the truly devastating impact that prejudice in our justice system can have on under-represented groups, especially women of color.” , said Berlinger. “We follow Jillian in her relentless pursuit of justice for some of Sam’s victims and the loved ones they left behind, giving those who had been largely forgotten a voice, name and identity.
In the series, New York Times best-selling author and memoirist Jillian Lauren (Some girls: my life in a harem) uncover Sam Little’s darkest secrets and help law enforcement solve a multitude of cold business murders. This while struggling to reconcile her own history of drug addiction and abuse, with her current mission to restore the identities of previously unnamed bodies and forgotten women. As she slips deeper into her sordid world, Jillian realizes that she could become, psychologically, Little’s latest victim.
Jon Doran and Jon Kamen are also executive producers on the project. SVP and head of unscripted programming Alice Dickens-Koblin is the executive oversight Confront a serial killer on behalf of Starz and Lionsgate.