Discovery Channel To Air Special About People Who Faked Their Own Deaths

Ever imagine faking your own death? Discovery is set to delve into the subject with a three-part series featuring the real-life accounts of people who have faked their own death. It’s probably safe to assume their attempts were unsuccessful, given the fact that they’re being featured on this show.

I Faked My Own Death will premiere on Saturday, September 3rd at 10:00 p.m. ET/PT on Discovery. The series, which is broken up into three parts, includes first-person testimonies from people who have attempted to fake their own death. From their motivation (sex, drugs, money, etc) to the plans involved in staging the death, viewers will have the opportunity to see how everything played out.

Through first-person, on-camera accounts (some from prison) and cinematic reenactments, discover how the fakers planned and pulled off their elaborate “deaths.” Candid interviews with police detectives will also reveal how authorities pieced the convincing evidence to ultimately crack each case and realize some of the biggest lies to ever come through our country’s legal system.

When I think of “cinematic reenactment,” I picture muffled or echoing audio, black and white and/or blurry video where people’s faces aren’t entirely shown, and an overall corniness that actually detracts from the intensity of the story being told rather than enhancing it. It’s entirely possible that being exposed to too many episodes of shows like Rescue 911 and Unsolved Mysteries during my younger years has tainted my view of the story-telling tactic. Perhaps I Faked My Own Death will managed to pull off the effect much better than how I’m picturing it in my head. Regardless, it’s an intrigue subject to showcase and it'll be interesting to hear the stories told when the series premieres next month.

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