Separating fact from fiction and real life from reel life, the Smithsonian Channel original series “The Real Story” launches its fifth season on June 30th, and it will include the true story behind box office hit Scream, airing July 28th.
“THE REAL STORY: SCREAM” – Premieres Sunday, July 28, at 8 p.m. ET/PT
Slasher movie Scream, which portrays a brutal serial killer who terrorizes an entire town, has spawned one of the most commercially successful horror franchises in movie history. “THE REAL STORY” reveals that the facts are far more terrifying than Hollywood fiction. Over a week in the summer of 1990, 36-year-old masked serial killer Danny Harold Rolling stalked, tortured, and murdered five young students in Gainesville, Florida. The “Gainesville Ripper” serial killings sparked mass panic, a student exodus, and the largest manhunt in Florida’s history.
“THE REAL STORY” explores the impact Rolling’s shocking killing spree had on the university town, from the media frenzy to the mass paranoia that swept across the small community, and follows the trials and tribulations of the year-long investigation to track down the murderer. Viewers will hear from firsthand witnesses, homicide investigators, and scientists how the forensic team finally pieced together the murderer’s methodology and learn the trail of evidence that finally led police to unmask the killer.
“The Real Story” is a co-production of Blink Films and Smithsonian Channel. Executive producer for Blink Films is Dan Chambers. Executive producers for Smithsonian Channel are David Royle and Charles Poe.
Other segments focus on “The Real Story” behind Star Trek, Live Free or Die Hard, Platoon, and The Da Vinci Code. For more info visit the official Smithsonian Channel website.
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