‘Killing Michael Jackson’

(Above source: Bounce)

Why not end your upcoming Labor Day weekend on an unsettling note with Killing Michael Jackson? The one-hour true-crime documentary debuts Monday night, September 7, at 8 pm ET on over-the-air channel Bounce.

Told like a police procedural through the remembrances of the three detectives who worked on the case, Killing Michael Jackson includes some never-before-seen photos from the King of Pop’s residence on the day of his death, June 25, 2009.

Some of Jackson’s décor is downright creepy, such as numerous photos of babies, but none so creepy as the bottle of Propofol the detectives eventually located behind a bookcase.

That bottle of a drug usually used only in anesthesia helped break open the case that eventually convicted Jackson’s personal doctor Conrad Murray of involuntary manslaughter. He received a four-year prison sentence, two of which were actually served.

The detectives, two of whom are now retired, mince no words on their belief that Murray should have been charged with second-degree murder. But perhaps the district attorney’s office wanted to ensure a conviction.  As one of the detectives put it about their investigation, “there was a lot of pressure to get it right,” referring to the Los Angeles Police Department’s historic lack of success with celebrity cases ranging from Marilyn Monroe’s death to, of course, O.J. Simpson.

This straightforward and non-sensational doc ran on the UK’s Quest Red channel in June, and will make its US premiere on Bounce. If you’ll be doing something else on Labor Day, set your DVR, or tune in to its repeat broadcasts Sunday, September 20, at 1:30 pm and Tuesday, September 22, at 1 pm.

You can watch Bounce for free over-the-air with an antenna connected to your TV set, as well as on many cable systems. Visit Bounce’s “Find Us” page to locate the channel number in your area.

About Les Luchter

Les Luchter is a former managing editor of Multichannel News, editor-in-chief of Cable Marketing, and news editor of Broadcast Week.

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