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Homicide Hunter: Lt. Joe Kenda

Homicide Hunter: Lt. Joe Kenda

Photo Credit:  Kim Cook / Investigation Discovery
  • Premiered: 
    October 25, 2011
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  • Network: ID
  • Category: Series
  • Genre: Docudrama
  • Type: Live Action
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  • Subject Matter: Crime
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Plot Synopsis

Retired detective Lt. Joe Kenda investigates murder cases, from the point he receives the initial homicide call through the time he closes the case. By using personal interviews and providing intimate details, Kenda unveils the emotional and psychological effects of murder on the investigator himself. In each 60-minute episode, Kenda focuses on a different case, such as: a woman who was never seen alive again after being dropped off at a bar by her sister's boyfriend; a young woman who was found strangled in the backseat of her car; and many more adrenaline-packed murder cases. HOMICIDE HUNTER returned for its third season on Tuesday, October 1, 2013 at 9pm ET/PT on Investigation Discovery with a season opener that featured the case of a young woman found naked and strangled in a park less than 200 yards from her apartment. Later episodes in Season 3 relived these cases: a bloody car is found by hunters on a remote mountain road, leading investigators to the buckshot-riddled body of the car's owner; a mother of two who is brutally run over in a quiet neighborhood on Memorial Day; and many more cases that continue to plague Lt. Kenda. On Tuesday, August 19, 2014 at 10pm ET/PT, Investigation Discovery aired the Season 4 premiere of HOMICIDE HUNTER, shortly after a six-hour (2-8pm) marathon of episodes from the show's third season. In the season opener, Lt. Kenda investigates a rogue's gallery of hustlers, thugs and career criminals after a park ranger discovers the corpse of amateur boxer Corey Edge floating in a shallow creek, but he soon realizes the real killers have been hiding in plain sight. HOMICIDE HUNTER returned for its fifth season on Tuesday August 18, 2015 at 10pm ET/PT on Investigation Discovery, with Lt. Joe Kenda coming back to reveal more chilling memories of murders that still haunt him. In the season opener, "Bad Blood," a popular army vet is found bleeding to death on the cold asphalt of a shadowy parking lot -- his chest littered with too many knife wounds to count. A gruesome clue leads Kenda's team to an unlikely killer whose motive for murder is as heartless. Season 6 of HOMICIDE HUNTER premiered on Wednesday, August 24, 2016 at 10pm ET/PT on Investigation Discovery, Lt. Kenda opens up to the camera to reveal vivid memories of the most disturbing murders still haunting him today. The result is a personal journey for Kenda as he chips away at the long-suppressed nightmares that have plagued him for so long, re-opening his "murder books" for viewers -- folders in which every detail of his murder cases is held -- to revisit each case and detail the beats and process of how he solved each crime. In the season opener, "Avert Your Eyes," Lt. Kenda explores the shocking case of Pamela Edwards, a beloved mother shot and killed in her own home with her young daughters upstairs. When Kenda arrives to the house, his first task is to shield her daughters from the horrendous scene. Seeing their pain only strengthens his determination to find the killer, and when they close in on him, the story ends with an intense foot chase across Colorado Springs. Additional cases covered this season include one where a dog finds a dismembered head, and Kenda's very first case as a rookie beat cop, where he was shot at in the line of duty.
A new season of HOMICIDE HUNTER premiered on Wednesday, August 29, 2018 at 10pm ET/PT on Investigation Discovery. In the season opener, "My Second Case," a woman's mangled body is found beside a lonely stretch of highway. When the coroner suspects foul play, Kenda is called in to solve the second homicide case of his career. But along the way, the rookie detective learns a painful lesson.


Production & Distribution

  • Produced by ITV Studios