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Giving Voice to the Voiceless

'The View' co-host Sunny Hostin talks about her new Investigation Discovery series, 'Truth About Murder with Sunny Hostin,' at the Television Critics Association summer press tour. (Photo: Willy Sanjuan, Invision/AP)

By Valerie Milano

Beverly Hills, CA (The Hollywood Times) 10/15/19 – The twists and turns of criminal cases are oftentimes a long, winding, and convoluted road. With such little time until a case runs cold, the victims of these tragedies rarely are granted the honor of having their stories told, let alone receive justice. Former prosecutor Sunny Hostin teams up with the Investigation Discovery with new series, “The Truth about Murder” and travels across the nation to understand how justice has been served to the most wretched homicides that take place in our great nation.

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Personally, what continues to be fascinating about crime TV is that all of the horrific scenarios and violence has actually taken place; families have lost loved ones and real pain and trauma has occurred. The Truth about Murder goes forth to the stories that do not make it to nation wide media, and does not bask in the privilege of getting sensationalized like most other high profile cases, rather than sticking to the mainstream and sensationalized case studies. Household name, and The Views own Sunny Hostin has made it her mission to shed light on cases that have been forgotten by the nation, and to empower those victims and families who very well may have been overlooked. The bold and courageous Hostin elaborates, “We looked for cases like that, cases where people don’t have voices, families don’t have voices, and I wanted to give voice to those stories. And my goal — and I think Hilary and I spoke about this early on — my life’s work I think is to give voice to the voiceless. But if there is a viewer that is watching one of our shows and says, wow, I feel like my friend is going through something like that, or I feel like my mom is going through something like that, or you know what? I’m going through this, and if that causes that person to leave or that causes that person to take action, then we’ve done our job.” The groundbreaking feel concerning Truth about Murder, is that the program does not seem to be your run-of-the-mill investigatory show; connections are made and trust is formed to ultimately stare murder in the face, and attempt to reconcile the senseless violence of the our world today.

After an episode, viewers may be left wondering about the passion that is present throughout the program; the tones of the music and the fire behind host Sunny Hostin’s eyes. For Hostin, the need to seek justice out to the very end in the midst of such murderous situations is an issue that hits very close to home for her. Hostin recalls,  “It happened when I was about seven, and it was my father’s only brother. He was my favorite uncle, Uncle Ed, and he was dating a married woman. And I was always his sidekick, and I loved him and adored him — much like other women did, obviously — and her husband came home. And the three of us were there, and her husband ran into the kitchen and pulled out — from what I remember — almost a butcher knife and tried to stab my uncle to death in front of me, while I tried to shield him from that.” She continues, “And what I remembered most was that this man was not arrested, he was not charged, and there was no justice. And I remember thinking that that was wrong, really, really wrong. And I think it’s one of the reasons why I decided to be a prosecutor, actually. I held onto that experience and it colors the way I do everything, even the way that I parent. I’m sort of one of those paranoid parents, because I’ve seen so much violence and evil.”

Sunny Hostin, Hilary Estey McLoughlin and Terence Noonan of Truth About Murder with Sunny Hostin speak during the Discovery segment of the Summer 2019 Television Critics Association Press Tour 2019 at The Beverly Hilton Hotel on July 25, 2019 in Beverly Hills, California.
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Travel state to state with Sunny Hostin as she makes impactful connections and analyzes the details of some of recent history’s solved and unsolved murders on Investigation Discovery on October 22nd, 10pm/9ct!

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Valerie Milano is the well-connected Senior Editor and TV Critic at, a website that aggregates showbiz news curated for, and written by, insiders of the entertainment industry. (@HwoodTimes @TheHollywood.Times) Milano, whose extraordinary talents for networking in the famously tight-clad enclave of Hollywood have placed her at the center of the industry’s top red carpets and events since 1984, heads daily operations of a uniquely accessible, yet carefully targeted publication. For years, Milano sat on the board as a chief organizer of the Television Critics Association’s press tours, held twice a year in Beverly Hills and Pasadena. She has written for Communications Daily, Discover Hollywood, Hollywood Today, Television International, and Video Age International, and contributed to countless other magazines and digests. Valerie works closely with the Human Rights Campaign as a distinguished Fed Club Council Member. She also works with GLSEN, GLAAD, Outfest, NCLR, LAMBDA Legal, and the Desert Aids Project, in addition to donating both time and finances to high-profile nonprofits. She has been an active member of the Los Angeles Press Club for a couple of years and looks forward to the possibility of contributing to the future success of its endeavors. Milano’s passion for meeting people extends from Los Feliz to her favorite getaway, Palm Springs. There, she is a member of the Palm Springs Museum of Art and a prominent Old Las Palmas-area patron.