Right from Theda Bara in the age of silent films to the iconic portrayal of ‘Beatrix Kiddo’ in the 21st century Tarantino pastiche ‘Kill Bill’, the ‘Femme Fatale’ as a stock character in noir and neo-noir films have always attracted widespread intrigue among viewers. ‘Snapped’ is a television show that deals with these ‘femme fatales’ of reality proving to be a gold-mine for crime film/television enthusiasts.
‘Snapped’ first premiered way back in 2004 on the Oxygen Network. The true-crime reality series continues to enjoy an uninterrupted run, with the 25th season airing currently. It is by all means the longest running tv series on the ‘Oxygen’ network, enjoying a formidable score of 8/10 on IMDb. Edited in a documentary format, each episode of ‘Snapped’ deals with a different felon, usually a female, who has committed murder or attempted so. Actress, Sharon Martin has been the narrator for the majority of the series’ tenure, finally quitting in 2018. The end credits of the latest season (Season 25) suggests that actress Jody Flader has been casted as the new narrator. Post 2007, the length of each episode has been around 43 minutes.
Bizarre, high profile cases of murderous women, set the premise of each episode. Using interviews of individuals privy to first hand information of the case, such as law enforcement officials, journalists, and friends and family of both the victim and the and the accused, ‘Snapped’ strives to outline what the real motivation for murder was. Repeats of the series broadcasts over the air, exclusively on the digital sub-channel network ‘Escape’. Spin-offs inspired by the series include ‘Snapped: Killer Couples’ and ‘Snapped: She Made Me Do It’. These extensions of the tv franchise shifts the focus to couples who commit crimes and women who manipulated others into doing their dirty work, respectively. It is produced by the unscripted television production company, Jupiter Entertainment.
Snapped Cast: Who is in it?
Due to its structure which features a separate real life murder case per episode, and its extensive run spanning over a decade, ‘Snapped’ has dealt with a tremendous number of female felons in its tenure. Celeste Beard Johnson, the infamous American husband-killer featured in the first ever episode of ‘Snapped’ and it has been uphill since. The documentary style employed by the show allows for it to include interviews of people directly involved with these murder cases, creating a bone-chilling sense of intrusion into the motives and inner working of the featured criminals.
Actresses Laura San Giacomo and Ronnie Farer narrated the first two seasons, and were followed by actress Sharon Martin, who then continued to be the voice over narrator till as late as 2018. Jody Flader is the new narrator of ‘Snapped’ as per end of episode credits in ‘Season 25’. Some of the more high-profile cases featured in the series include Susan Lucille Wright (Season 1, Episode 10), Pamela Smart (Season 2 Finale), the ‘Han Twins Murder Conspiracy’ (Season 3, Episode 4), the murder of wealthy US gambling executive Ted Binion (Season 4, Episode 1), the ‘circus like’ Susan Folk (Season 5, Episode 7), Linda Henning (Season 6, Episode 15), Clara Schwartz (Season 9, Episode 6), and many more.
Snapped Plot: What is it about?
As mentioned earlier, each episode of ‘Snapped’ features a separate criminal case in a documentary-esque format. It features non fiction narratives of women who have attempted or committed murder, or were accused of doing the same. Even men feature sometimes, as co-conspirators of the crime. The series includes interviews with individuals directly involved with the respective cases, extending to include interviews of even the accused in some instances. While Brecht wanted to alienate the audience, ‘Snapped’ wants to embrace them; involving them mentally and spiritually with the spine chilling narratives of these cold-blooded killers.