In the “life is unfair” category, this one stands out: When it comes to serial killers, the victims are usually relegated to a number — faceless and forgotten. Like, “6 dead, 7 wounded.”
You’ll hear that number in tonight’s episode of Hidden City: New York City, at 9/8c: Host Marcus Sakey revisits the summers of 1976 and 1977, when a lone gunman — the Son of Sam, as he came to be known — accosted young couples in parked cars and shot them, point blank, in the head with a .44-caliber pistol.
6 dead, 7 wounded…
Who were the dead? Years ago, I tried to find out. READ MORE
The bright lights of Tinseltown have lured their share of young women. Among them was a raven-haired girl from Massachusetts who hoped to make it big in Los Angeles. But in the end, Elizabeth Short came to be known as the tragic Black Dahlia. In tonight’s episode of Hidden City: Los Angeles, at 10|9c, host Marcus Sakey explores Short’s mysterious death, which culminated in the gruesome discovery of her mutilated body in a vacant lot in 1947.
Sadly, Short was hardly the only woman whose life ended young — and, in several cases, under mysterious circumstances. Call it the Black Dahlia Club. If you’re planning a trip to Los Angeles, take a detour down these haunted streets; echoes of lives cut short still resound (hat tip: Esotouric and photographer Derek Hutchison): READ MORE
Have you figured out who this is yet? Come on, guess! OK, we’ll tell you. It’s Hidden City’s host Marcus Sakey! In the Boston episode, Marcus is transformed into an older man so he can walk around Faneuil Hall to get a feel for what it is like to hide in plain sight, just like mob boss Whitey Bulger. Whitey was living in Santa Monica, CA, for several years before the FBI finally arrested him. Read Marcus’s take on the experience in his blog.
In addition to Whitey Bulger’s story, Marcus also dives into the Great Brinks Robbery and the case of the Boston Strangler. When the Great Brinks Robbery was carried out in 1950, it was the largest bank heist in US history. The thieves made off with more than $2.7 million in assets. The Boston Strangler case is one that still causes debate about whether Albert DeSalvo was really the true killer. Marcus gets forensic psychologist Dr. David Bernstein to weigh in on the case and give him a glimpse into the mind of a psychopath. Dr. Bernstein then turns the tables on Marcus and gives him a psychopath quiz.
Catch Hidden City: Boston on Tuesday, Dec. 13 @ 10|9c.
Cities are more than brick and concrete. They’re made of stories. And the best stories are usually about the worst people. In the new Travel Channel series Hidden City, crime novelist Marcus Sakey travels from city to city to explore 3 crimes or criminals who reveal the dark undercurrent of that city. We kick the season off by taking a unique look at Chicago.
Marcus starts by getting into the head of America’s first serial killer, H.H. Holmes. Holmes built a “castle” that became a death chamber for hundreds of victims. Marcus talks with architect Carlos Martinez about how Holmes used his twisted mind to create a hotel of horrors that included torture chambers, hidden passages and asphyxiation chambers. Then he talks with a police officer and demonstrator who were on opposite sides of the baton during the 1968 Democratic National Convention riots. Marcus also gets pepper sprayed to put himself in the shoes of the protestors. His time in Chicago ends with firing a Tommy gun and learning about John Dillinger’s death from gangster expert Jon Eig. Discover more about each of these stories in the Hidden City Crime Files: Chicago.
Catch the premiere of Hidden City on Tuesday, Dec. 6, at 10|9c.