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Love & Hate Crime

Love & Hate Crime

  • Premiered: 
    February 25, 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

LOVE & HATE CRIME is a series of one-hour specials that take an intimate look at the dangers facing those who are singled out in America as racial tensions continue to increase and minorities are being blatantly targeted. This poignant and timely series explores how quickly love can turn to hate, and how some of America's most heartbreaking murders are fueled by passion and fear of the unknown. Delving into the complex issues of gender, race, sexuality and mental health, LOVE & HATE CRIME reveals how the actions of a few can inflame passions and expose prejudice. Investigation Discovery plans three specials during 2018.

In the first installment of the series -- scheduled to premiere on Sunday, February 25, 2018 at 8pm ET/PT -- director Ben Steele sets the stage in Mississippi to follow the story of Mercedes Williamson, a transgender 17-year-old teen who was violently murdered by her gang member boyfriend, Josh Vallum, 29. Vallum, while in the throws of passion, suddenly discovers that his girlfriend is trans and he loses control and gruesomely kills her. As details of the relationship unfold, Vallum defends himself using the classic "gay/trans panic" defense while his membership in a notorious gang, The Latin Kings, emerges as a possible motivation in this crime of passion. In May 2017 Josh's conviction became the first-ever conviction of a federal hate crime charge arising from the murder of a transgender woman.