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From fiery red hair to long, lean legs, it’s amazing to witness unique traits handed down the family line. But when a relative exhibits characteristics of a more malevolent manner, it raises an age-old debate with an unsettling twist: could nature have produced an evil mutation or has nurture created a monster?
Premiering Wednesday, August 28 at 9 PM E/P, Investigation Discovery’s new series EVIL KIN examines families unraveled by the cruel conduct of a black sheep. Murder. Abuse. Cult activity. Mind games. Identity theft. Even incest. Every town has “that family” that incites fear as much as it fuels morbid curiosity. Whether it’s siblings from hell, the spawn of Satan, or an entire household of horrors, it’s not hard to dig up the root of all evil in these six episodes of family trees nearly cut down by one of their own.
Each episode of EVIL KIN tells the story of one family and is interlaced with expert commentary from local authorities and true-crime experts as well as first-person accounts from actual family members and family friends. Please see below for full episode descriptions.
EVIL KIN is produced for Investigation Discovery by Sirens Media with Rebecca Toth Diefenbach and Valerie Haselton as executive producers. For Investigation Discovery, Pamela Deutsch is executive producer, Sara Kozak is senior vice president of production, Kevin Bennett is general manager, and Henry Schleiff is group president.
Thicker than Blood Premieres Wednesday, August 28 at 9 PM E/P
Kenneth and Kari Allen appeared to be loving siblings from an all-American family in Indianapolis. But a contentious divorce tore the siblings apart and sent them down two different paths. Hardened by crime and isolation, and crippled with a gambling addiction, Kenneth returns home in late 2004 with a plan to make a better life for his family. His plan, however, includes a rampage of murder, mutilation, and incest… and with his sister Kari’s help. The two siblings make a break for it, but they’re halted by a routine traffic stop, one sheriff’s deputy discovers just how far this brother and sister would go in their attempt to start a new life together.
Old Men Die Hard Premieres Wednesday, September 4 at 9 PM E/P
The Koymatti family would never be a candidate for family of the year, but they are determined workers who managed to eke out a small, moderately successful life in a blue-collar town. But when family patriarch Paul Koymatti, Sr., finally retires, it doesn’t take long for his family to decide that they’d all be better off (and more well off) if he were six feet under. What follows is a series of botched murder attempts against one very cranky, very crafty old man, until one night when it comes to a violent climax. Sometimes, the people who are supposed to love you the most are the ones most eager to put you in the ground.
Home Is Where The Hate Is Premieres Wednesday, September 11 at 9 PM E/P
Sometimes, the second time is the charm. Bob Devor and his wife Pauline are both on their second marriage, happily in love, and living well of Pauline’s large real estate holdings. But everything changes when Pauline’s estranged daughter Delores moves back to town. Before long, Pauline suddenly vanishes, and her daughter steps into her mother’s role in all aspects of life—her car, her income, and even her bed. There’s more than one person being played, and it will all end badly in a twisted miasma of sex, drugs, lies, money, and suicide.
The Evil Inside Premieres Wednesday, September 18 at 9 PM E/P
From the moment the Mallo clan moved into the little house on Frame Street, they were nothing but trouble. From rumors of severed cat heads to frightening encounters on the street, the Mallos quickly developed a terrible reputation, but such strange behavior was only the tip of the iceberg. When one of the most gruesome murders ever encountered by local police occurs across the street, the most unlikely of killers will confess, and a shocking number of unspeakable secrets will be revealed when detectives open the doors on the most disturbed family to ever set foot in Charleston, WV.
Episode 5 Premieres Wednesday, October 2 at 9 PM E/P
Brus Post and his younger brother Joe were born three years apart, but the two seem to share the same brain … and knack for getting into trouble. Their childhood misdeeds started out small—harassing kids in their neighborhood, stealing from their neighbors—but as they grew, their behavior became increasingly strange, almost cinematic. The brothers worshipped the Nazis and dressed like Adolf Hitler, right down to the mustache, and worshipped violent gangster movies. Together, they created a gang that sought to keep their town ethnically pure by harassing immigrants and minorities. But when sedition arises from within, the Post brothers go postal, and their lives turn into the movies they’d grown up watching, thus begging the question of whether or not life imitates art, or if art makes some people evil to the core.
Episode 6 Premieres Wednesday, October 9 at 9 PM EP
Cherub-faced brothers Derek and Alex King never had it easy. They were forced into a children’s home at a very young age and spent years bouncing around the foster system until the two were finally reunited once again under their father’s roof. But the years have turned Derek and Alex into very different boys than the children they once were, and when their father is murdered during a mysterious fire and the two boys vanish, a twisted world of lies, alleged abuse, and mind games is revealed, and a vicious killer in the most unlikely of guises will be unmasked.