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.
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.”
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!