VICE TV has set a June 2 premiere for the new true-crime doc series I, Sniper, which examines the 2002 Washington, D.C. sniper case.
The eight-episode docuseries features unprecedented access to the people at the heart of the story; the surviving shooter himself opens up in a series of powerful phone calls from his supermax cell at Red Onion State Prison in Virginia and allows for an examination of the circumstances that led a teenager on the path to becoming a mass murderer. I, Sniper also features never-before-heard interviews with survivors, victims’ families and investigators, including the lesser-known stories of those impacted by the killers prior to their arrival in Washington, D.C.
I, Sniper is an Arrow Pictures production, led by Oscar-nominated executive producer and creative director John Smithson (Danny Boyle’s 127 Hours; Touching the Void).
“The D.C. sniper case was one of the most terrifying crimes in recent history. I, Sniper goes beyond the story we thought we all knew and investigates what led Lee Malvo down his horrific path,” said Morgan Hertzan, executive VP and general manager of VICE Television. “Viewers will be seized by the incredible storytelling in this series and its ability to take you through this series of events like never before. VICE TV is committed to investigating different angles and digging deeper, and this is another example of that.”
“This ambitious project has been four years in the making,” added executive producer and creative director John Smithson. “In addition to securing unprecedented access to Lee Malvo, we also undertook extensive interviews with the investigators of the Washington, D.C. sniper case, the survivors and the victims’ families, so that we could view the story from all perspectives, and examine both Malvo’s childhood of deprivation in Jamaica and the murders in forensic detail. I, Sniper seeks to understand, not vindicate, and show how and why someone can become a mass murderer, even at the age of just 17.”