October 27th, 2021

When They Vanish Into Thin Air, It’s A Real Life Nightmare – Season Three of The HLN Docu-Series Premieres Sunday, November 14

Six-Episode Season to Include Investigation of Mysterious Disappearance Near Area 51 of Internet-Popular Hiker Kenny Veach, in a Two-Hour Special Event

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October 27, 2021 – Stranger than fiction, season three of the HLN Original Series Real Life Nightmare, premieres Sunday, November 14 at 9pm ET/PT.

The new season features a two-hour special event “Mojave Mystery – Vanished in the Desert,” an investigation into the November 2014 disappearance of popular hiker Kenny Veach, as he searched for the mysterious “M Cave” near Area 51.

Real Life Nightmare presents heart-wrenching, personal mysteries and unexplained deaths that continue to baffle investigators and horrify those left behind.

The six-episode series is produced by HLN Investigations headed by executive producer Elizabeth Yuskaitis.

Following are airdates and episode descriptions for Real Life Nightmare:

November 14, 2021, 9-10pm ET/PT (season premiere) “Bourbon Town Mystery” (Crystal Rogers) A 35-year-old mother of five goes missing, and when her maroon Chevy is found on the side of the Bluegrass Parkway with a flat tire, her keys, purse, and cell phone are left inside. But Rogers’ disappearance isn’t the only mystery casting a shadow over Bardstown, Kentucky.

November 21, 2021, 9-10pm ET/PTMed Student Mystery” (Brian Shaffer

A handsome, young medical student is out celebrating the start of Spring Break with friends after cramming for medical exams. Brian is clearly recorded on surveillance video entering a bar but is mysteriously never seen leaving.


November 28, 2021, 9-11pm ET/PT “Mojave Mystery – Vanished in the Desert” (Kenny Veach) An avid outdoorsman vanishes near the mysterious Area 51. Searchers find his cell phone near a mine shaft, but no sign of Kenny. In earlier recorded video, Veach describes his body vibrating as he approaches a cave near the same location.

December 5, 2021, 9-10pm ET/PT “Connecticut Murder Mystery” (Jennifer Dulos) A mom of five disappears after dropping her kids at school, but evidence shows a brutal assault in the garage of her upscale, Connecticut home.  

December 12, 2021, 9-10pm ET/PT “Murder at Chapel Hill” (Faith Hedgepeth) 

A young female college student is found bludgeoned to death in an off-campus apartment. DNA, a threatening note at the crime scene, and a voicemail from Faith’s cellphone could point to her killer.  

December 19, 2021, 9-10pm ET/PT Secrets in the Ashes” (Nanette Krentel) A raging fire kills a woman in her secluded home in the middle of the day. Investigators are puzzled why she was unable to escape, until the autopsy reveals the cause of death was a gunshot wound to the head.

Real Life Nightmare episodes will be available on demand the day after the broadcast premiere via cable/satellite systems.

About HLN Investigations

HLN Investigations is a news team that produces breaking news specials and HLN Original Series within the crime and justice genre. Stephanie Todd, Vice President, Programming, HLN, oversees the group headed by Elizabeth Yuskaitis, executive producer, HLN.

About HLN

 HLN (www.CNN.com/HLN) features live coverage of national, regional, lifestyle, and entertainment stories in a fast-paced approachable tone with expert-led hosts. The network also presents original and acquired series focusing on true crime, mysteries and investigations. HLN is a CNN Worldwide network reaching nearly 75 million households in the U.S. CNN is a division of WarnerMedia.