True crime documentaries and docuseries are becoming exceptionally popular these days. Such shows, earlier made popular by HBO, have been taken to another level since Netflix arrived on the scene. The streaming giant has wowed us with their true crime shows like ‘Ted Bundy Tapes’, ‘Inside The Mind of A Serial Killer‘, ‘The Keepers‘, and many more. Recently, HBO became the talk of the town once again with shows like ‘Leaving Neverland‘, which discusses the child molestation cases against pop music legend Michal Jackson, and ‘The Case Against Adnan Syed‘, which is based on a real-life murder case.
‘Murder For Hire’ is another title to the list of growing true-crime docuseries that Oxygen, the channel which focuses only on true-crime programming, has developed over last few years. It’s a show that deals in cases where people hire contract killers to eliminate their adversary who is becoming a problem in their lives. With the help of real footages of such cases, the show delves into a completely new and shocking world where human lives are treated as nothing more than objects.
‘Murder For Hire’ is by produced Wolf Reality, Shed Media, and Green Lakes Production. Tom Thayer, Pam Healey, Dan Peirson, Adam Kassen, and Dick Wolf are co-executive producers of the series. This is the third series which Wolf is working on with Oxygen after ‘Criminal Confessions’ and ‘Cold Justice’.
Since 2017, Oxygen has turned their focus completely towards true-crime programs. Earlier, a time slot on Friday, Saturday, Sunday, and Monday nights was introduced on the channel called “Crime Time” where they only aired true-crime shows. This time slot received so much traction that NBCUniversal (Oxygen’s parent company) decided that it should focus only on true-crime shows. ‘Cold Justice’, ‘Snapped’, and ‘Snapped: She Made Me Do It’ are among the most popular shows airing on Oxygen right now. ‘Murder For Hire’, with its unique concept, is surely a valuable addition to Oxygen’s repertoire.
Murder For Hire Cast: Who is in it?
Since the show finds its content in real-life events, there are no cast members whom we see in every episode. Instead, each episode has an undercover agent who tries to prevent the murder and get the perpetrators arrested. This agent carries out a sting operation to gather evidence about the contract being given, and how the killers are planning to carry out the murder.
In their description of the show, the makers say that the people who request services of such contract killers include housewives, bankers, respectable military officials, and shockingly enough, grandmothers. Moreover, there are interviews with the authorities who try to prevent the crime from happening. While talking about the cases, they also point out the degradation of humanity in people who can want someone’s life to end just to suit their needs.