For a new true crime series on the Investigation Discovery network, Eugene (Geno) McDermott ’04 has been dusting off the files of Philadelphia’s most notorious homicides. Geno’s production company Blackfin is producing the show, Homicide City, which premiered on February 21, 2018.
The first season will revisit six high-profile murder cases in the greater Philadelphia area, as told by the veteran detectives involved in the cases. The first episode, “A Manager’s Murder,” reexamines a robbery-turned-homicide that took place at an Abington restaurant twenty-two years ago.
“When we come up with shows like this, it’s very interesting to look at communities like Abington and Malvern,” said Geno in an interview with Philly Voice. “On the surface, they’re these kind of rich suburbs, but then we find ourselves looking at the evil behind that facade. We were noticing in Philly, as in other cities, that crime transcends socioeconomic background when it comes to murder.”
Because the show is predicated on dredging up terrible memories, Geno tries to tread lightly. “What we try to do, it’s one of those things that can go south quickly,” said Geno. “We had to pick how literal we would get with our recreations.”
Homicide City airs on Tuesday nights at 10/9c on Investigation Discovery. The show can also be watched online at IDGo.com.