Some people become famous for the wrong reasons altogether, and ‘Murder Made Me Famous’ by Reelz is one such show that tells the stories of people who became household names for committing heinous crimes. From unforgiving serial killers slaughtering prostitutes and young women to beloved husbands and girlfriends killing their partners; crimes of passion to cold-blooded murders, ‘Murder Made Me Famous’ has details that will make your blood curdle and chill your bones.
Season 1 of ‘Murder Made Me Famous aired on August 15, 2015, and Season 2 followed on March 19, 2016. A bit over a year later, Season 3 released on April 8, 2017. Season 4 followed on April 14, 2018, and a few months later, Season 5 released on August 18, 2018. ‘Murder Made Me Famous’ made a return only months later, with Season 6 premiering on November 17, 2018. Season 7 premiered on March 16, 2019. Now, the question is whether the show will have another season.
Murder Made Me Famous Cast: Who’s in it?
Being a documentary, the show has no characters. It is narrated by Brad Osborne, with Steve Helling serving as a commentator and host. The cast of the show comprises numerous actors and actresses who create short representations of the people involved in the cases.
Murder Made Me Famous Plot: What is it about?
Hosted by veteran crime reporter Steve Helling, the documentary series uses archival footage and commentary from those involved in each case to dramatically recreate some of the most high-profile cases of murder and mass murder in the world. Each episode is one hour long and focuses on one particular killer (or group) who gained widespread media attention owing to the heinous nature of their crimes. The episodes explore cases in quite depth, aided by commentary from Helling and personal accounts from victims’ family members, law enforcement officials, and jurors and journalists associated with each case. All of this, together, creates an in-depth inquiry into each case, while also providing viewers with an insight into the psychology of the killer(s).
Here, it must be said that the show’s range of killers is expansive. For instance, one episode focuses on Jodi Arias who savagely murdered her boyfriend out of jealousy and obsession – a crime of passion. Another episode focuses on one of the most high-profile serial killers, Ted Bundy, who killed at least 36 young women starting in the 1970s. Yet another episode tells the story of cult leader Jim Jones, who was responsible for the mass murder of 900 of his followers at an event in 1978 – the biggest single loss of American lives before 9/11. In this way, the show not only explores one type of killers, but ranges from single murders to psychopaths, to crime bosses and terrorists and their exploits.
For those interested, Season 1 comprised six one-hour long episodes, focusing on Jodi Arias, Scott Peterson, the Menendez Brothers, Drew Peterson, Ted Bundy, and Jordan Van Der Sloot. Season 2 also comprised six episodes that told the stories of Pamela Smart, Steve Avery, Robert Chambers, Charles Manson, and Jean Harris. Season 3 was much longer and comprised of 12 episodes focusing on The Craigslist Killer, Angry Betty Broderick, Jim Jones, Robert Durst, the Hillside Strangler, the Playmate Killer, David Koresh, John Gotti, Susan Smith, the Night Stalker, the Dating Game Killer, and Yolanda Saldivar. Season 4 again returned to the six episode format, and told the stories of the Green River Killer, Heaven’s Gate, the Unabomber, Aaron Hernandez, Prom Mom, and Whitey Bulger. Season 5 had just two episodes – the infamous Jack the Ripper, and Jeffrey Dahmer. Season 6 focused on some very high-profile killers – the BTK Killer, John Wayne Gacy, Aileen Wuornos, the DC Sniper, the Ken & Barbie Killers, and the Gainesville Ripper.