Deadly Women is a television series first aired in 2005 on the Wikipedia:Discovery Channel Discovery Channel, focusing on female killers. It was originally a mini-series consisting of three episodes: "Obsession," "Greed" and "Revenge". After a three-year hiatus, the show resumed production in 2008 and began airing on the Investigation Discovery channel as a scheduled series. The 2008–present TV series is produced in Australia by Beyond International.
The series also airs, dubbed in Spanish, on Discovery en Español under the title Verdaderas mujeres asesinas (True Killer Women).
Each episode deals with three stories (four in each of the three mini-series episodes) centered around the theme of each episode, through re-enactments, The stories are narrated by Lynnanne Zager (Marsha Crenshaw in the mini-series). Surviving family and friends of the deceased (and of the killers' family and friends, occasionally), reporters and authors who dealt with the story, and the law enforcement officials involved (police, district attorneys) augment the narration. Subject-matter experts (SMEs), such as former FBI criminal profiler Candice DeLong and former Hennepin County (Minnesota) Medical Examiner Janis Amatuzio, add perspective to each story from their areas of expertise.
Each episode has a unifying theme such as jealousy, financial gain, mental illness, or crimes committed by teenagers or the elderly. The titles of the episodes reflect the theme. The stories are told through re-enactments and interviews.
Episodes also feature contributors in relevant fields (e.g. law enforcement, the law, the media, forensic medicine and medicine). Diane Fanning, M. William Phelps, Gregg Olsen, Wensley Clarkson, and Dr. Janis Amatuzio have made multiple appearances. Occasionally, family or friends of the subject or their victims appear to add context and or perspective.
At the end of each segment, the actress playing the subject (and her male and female conspirators, if any) break the fourth wall and look directly at the camera as their fates are revealed. In later seasons, photos of the actual subject are shown.
- Main article: Category:Episodes
- Deadly Women on Wikipedia.