ID Network's First Scripted Drama Evokes Soap Operas And Ted Bundy

Investigation Discovery, or ID, is mostly known for its reenactment-heavy true-crime shows (including guilty-pleasure fodder like Wives With Knives, Momsters, and Frenemies: Loyalty Turned Lethal). The network’s first scripted series arrives in June with a suitably lurid title: Serial Thriller: Angel of Decay.

According to Deadline, the show is a three-night miniseries rather than a full series, and the description is as follows:

Seems a “magnetic, charming” guy is dispatching lovely young women in the Pacific Northwest in the 1970s. The terrorized community looks to a pair of local police investigators to examine some gory crime scenes and figure out who is behind the bloodshed before the killer strikes again. Details of personal and intimate relationships emerge that might offer clues, but what do they all mean?

“With so many mass murderers etched into the public mind, the severity and depravity of their crimes is often lost in the ether,” said Henry Schleiff, Group President at Discovery. “We wanted to remind the audience that these killers were once just faces in a crowd, chillingly under the radar as they committed the most heinous of acts.”

The location, the time period, and the fact that the killer drives a champagne-colored VW Beetle all scream “TED BUNDY.” The production values look pretty cheesy (bad lighting, copious lip gloss), but maybe that’ll add to an agreeable layer of sleaze to this “three night event”?

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It has a 70s era look and there’s the VW bug, so its either a straight up Ted Bundy story or a re-imagining of his murders. Not sure I’ll be watching this.