February 5th, 2019

HLN to Present New Episodes of Its Hit Original Series “Unmasking A Killer” — Exposing Lead-Up to Capture of Suspected Golden State Killer — in a Two-Night Event Premiering February 17 & February 18

Season 2 of Unmasking a Killer Podcast Available Weekly Starting February 12

UAK trailer

February 5, 2019 – New episodes of the popular HLN Original Series Unmasking A Killer, covering the fascinating events leading to the capture of the suspected Golden State Killer (GSK), will premiere in a two-night event on Sunday, February 17 and Monday February 18, both at 9pm ET/PT.

These new episodes follow the highly successful five-part HLN Original Series that aired in March-April 2018, just prior to the suspect’s capture on April 24. A marathon of the first season will re-air on HLN on Sunday, February 17 beginning at 4pm ET and leading up to the 9pm ET premiere of night one of the series finale.

Unmasking a Killer is executive produced by Joke Fincioen and Biagio Messina for Joke Productions.

Following are synopses of the two-night event:

UNMASKING A KILLER/NIGHT 1 (premieres Sunday, February 17, 9pm ET/PT)

Closing in on The Golden State Killer: Part 1

After a 40-year manhunt, investigators finally find their needle in a DNA haystack and unmask a man who they suspect as California’s most prolific serial killer.  Find out how they did it, their first impressions and how this man allegedly started a crime spree that spanned more than 100 burglaries, 50 sexual assaults and 13 homicides. This episode provides insight into the surveillance of Joseph James DeAngelo –  an able bodied 72-year-old who remained a potential threat – his background that contributed to an uncanny ability to evade detection, and the recent capture.

UNMASKING A KILLER/NIGHT 2 (premieres Monday, February 18, 9pm ET/PT)  Closing in on The Golden State Killer: Part 2

The Golden State Killer has been identified by law enforcement as Joseph James DeAngelo.  Now accused of committing some of California’s most heinous crimes, this man was hiding in plain sight.  Hear from those who knew him and the investigators who spent a lifetime tracking him down. This final episode offers a deep dive into the timeline and crimes committed by the GSK, who may also be the “Visalia Ransacker” and Sacramento’s “East Area Rapist.”  A psychological profile and projected next steps are explored as DeAngelo heads to trial in Sacramento Country, CA.

The Unmasking A Killer podcast, part of Turner Podcast Network’s portfolio of entertainment, kids, news and sports podcasts, returns with ten new episodes.  Hosted by Joke Fincioen and Biagio Messina, the new season of weekly podcasts will examine the defendant’s history and capture. Fans can download the weekly podcast starting February 12 via turner.com/podcast, Apple Podcasts, Spotify, TuneIn and other podcast apps.

Marathons of the first season will re-air on HLN on Saturday, February 16 beginning at 6pm ET, and Sunday, February 17 beginning at 4pm ET and leading up to the 9pm ET premiere of night one of the series finale.

Viewers can revisit the full first season, currently available On Demand and on CNNgo (at CNN.com/go and via CNNgo apps for Apple TV, Roku, Amazon Fire, Chromecast, Samsung Smart TV and Android TV). The new episodes of Unmasking a Killer will also be available the day after the broadcast premieres on demand via cable/satellite systems, CNNgo platforms and CNN mobile apps.


About Joke Productions 

Co-founded by wife-and-husband team Joke Fincioen and Biagio Messina, Joke Productions is celebrating 10 years in unscripted programming. Past credits include Caged (MTV), Don’t Trust Andrew Mayne (A&E), Three Days to Live (Oxygen), Scream Queens (VH1), and True Life Presents: Secrets, Lies, and Sex (MTV). Their award-winning documentary Dying to do Letterman played theatrically in the U.S. and is currently distributed by Oscilloscope.

About Turner Podcast Network

The Turner Podcast Network was created to implement a portfolio-wide network that centralizes production, distribution and sales for all Turner podcasts in order to develop and launch new branded podcasts across Turner’s news, kids and entertainment brands.  Turner’s podcasts reach an average monthly audience of over 9 million unique users and 16 million downloads.

About HLN Original Series

Amy Entelis, executive vice president of talent and content development, CNN Worldwide, oversees CNN Original Series and HLN Original Series. Nancy Duffy, vice president of program development for CNN, supervises production of internally-produced HLN Original Series, and Lizzie Fox, vice president of current programming, CNN Original Series, supervises production of commissioned HLN Original Series.

About HLN

HLN features live coverage of national, regional, lifestyle, and entertainment stories in a fast-paced approachable tone with expert-led, personality driven hosts by day. Later in the schedule the network presents original and acquired series focusing on true crime, mysteries and investigations. HLN is a CNN Worldwide network reaching more than 90 million households in the U.S. CNN Worldwide, a division of Turner Broadcasting System, Inc., a Warner Media Company, is the most trusted source for news and information.