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The Lake Erie Murders

The Lake Erie Murders

  • Premiered: 
    December 30, 2018
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  • Network: ID
  • Category: Series
  • Genre: Documentary
  • Type: Live Action
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  • Subject Matter: Crime
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Plot Synopsis

THE LAKE ERIE MURDERS is a one-hour true-crime docuseries that chronicles dark and deadly crimes near Lake Erie, the ominously named body of water that borders four states and parts of Canada.

The series opens with a three-part special, "Who Killed Amy Mihaljevic?," on Sunday, December 30, 2018 from 9pm-Midnight ET/PT on Investigation Discovery, focusing on the 1989 kidnapping and murder of a 10-year-old girl. Still an unsolved murder with an active investigation, Amy Mihaljevic's story continues to haunt the region and remains a source of intrigue and speculation. The special takes viewers through the facts of the case and painstakingly follows how each lead was exhausted and how suspects were dismissed one by one. In a chilling revelation, the special also features multiple women with stories similar to Amy's when they were also young girls, who have chosen to remain anonymous due to the fear that the abductor is still out there. The hours expose a series of other child murders in the area to explore potential similarities to Amy's case, in the hopes that the details will help bring forward new leads and suspects.

On week after this three-hour special, THE LAKE ERIE MURDERS continues weekly with hour-long episodes that tell four additional haunting murder mysteries which were solved by law enforcement, reminding viewers that when it comes to Lake Erie, there really is something about the water. These additional four episodes include:

"High School Horror" (Sunday, January 6, 2019 at 10pm): When the body of high school student Debbie Gama is discovered in a creek wrapped in wire, suddenly anyone close to the 16-year-old victim becomes a suspect in her brutal murder. Ex-boyfriends and then her stepfather all fall under intense police scrutiny and the deeper investigators dig, the more they discover about a secret world of drugs, sadomasochism and bondage, buried just beneath the surface of the tranquil lakeside town. Location: Erie, PA

"Alley of Death" (Sunday, January 13, 2019 at 10pm): When 14-year old Gloria Pointer is found raped and murdered in an alleyway, it is the start of a 30-year quest for answers by her mother who will not give up until she finds justice for her daughter. Her quest for answers will take her on a twisting path from the streets of East Cleveland to death row, pushing the very frontiers of forensic science to reveal the evil killer living in their midst. Location: Cleveland, OH

"The Butcher of Buffalo" (Sunday, January 20, 2019 at 10pm): Mother of three Joan Giambra is discovered strangled, lying naked under her comatose young daughter, Kat. In a close-knit community, ex-husband Sam rapidly becomes the prime suspect but without hard evidence, the investigation hangs on the testimony of 11-year old Kat. But her memories of the incident are blurry and it becomes a race against time to catch a serial killer before he comes back to silence the only witness to this heinous crime. Location: Buffalo, NY

"Blood in the Water" (Sunday, January 27, 2019 at 10pm): When a bag containing body parts washes up on the shore of the lake, the search for missing 10-year old Holly Jones becomes a grim murder investigation. While her parents are plunged into a world of unfathomable grief and a whole city is gripped with fear and paranoia, the investigating officers race to find the perpetrator of this terrible and shocking crime before another child is killed. Location: Parkdale, Ontario

Other Titles

  • Also known as: The Lake Erie Murders: Who Killed Amy Mihaljevic?

Production & Distribution

  • Produced by Talos Films