MTV Takes On True Crime With New ‘True Life’ Spinoff

MTV is taking on the true crime genre with a new True Life spinoff. The investigative series True Life Crime will look at the truth behind shocking crimes involving young people. The eight-episode docuseries, which will be hosted by Dometi Pongo, premieres January 8, 2020, at 9/8c on MTV and VH1. 

‘True Life Crime’ looks at the death of Kenneka Jenkins, murder of Sarah Stern  

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People gather at the Crowne Plaza Chicago O’Hare Hotel & Conference Center to protest the handling of the death investigation of Kenneka Jenkins | John J. Kim/Chicago Tribune/Tribune News Service via Getty Images

True Life Crime will look at eight cases involving young people who died or went missing under strange circumstances. 

One of the show’s episodes will look at the 2017 death of 19-year-old Kenneka Jenkins. The teen disappeared while attending a party at a suburban Chicago hotel. After a frantic search, her body was discovered 24 hours later in the hotel’s walk-in freezer. Police say her death was a tragic accident, but many disagreed. 

Another episode will examine the case of Sarah Stern. In December 2016, the 19-year-old’s car was found abandoned on a bridge. She was missing. Though it looked like a suicide, an investigation turned up troubling clues, including the fact that Sarah reportedly had access to a large sum of money. Could that have been a motive for murder? One of her former classmates goes undercover to find out what really happened to Sarah on that December night. 

Six other cases will be featured on ‘True Life Crime’

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A memorial for Lesandro Guzman-Feliz | Atilgan Ozdil/Anadolu Agency/Getty Images

In addition to the cases of Kenneka Jenkins and Sarah Stern, True Life Crime will feature six other stories.

“Gang Target or Mistaken Identity” will look at the case of 15-year-old Lesandro “Junior” Guzman-Feliz, who was murdered in 2018. Footage of his murder recorded by security cameras went viral and sparked a #JusticeForJunior social media campaign.

“Runaway or Targeted Runner?” focuses on Jerika Binks, a 24-year-old Utah woman who disappeared while jogging. She was a recovering addict, and some suspected she’d relapsed or run away. But a surprise discovery upended theories about the case. 

In “Skipping School or Silenced Forever?” MTV explores what happened to Mujey Dumbuya, a 16-year-old Michigan teen who vanished while on her way to catch a bus to school. Her body was discovered days later more than 45 miles away from her home.

“The 5-Million-Dollar Hack” reveals a massive case of identity theft pulled off by a 20-year-old hacker who used the proceeds from his crime to fund an over-the-top lifestyle filled with parties and designer clothes.

“The Kedarie Johnson Case” looks at the 2016 murder of the gender-fluid Iowa teen. Was Kedarie killed because of their identity or was there another motive for the crime?

Finally, “Mom Gone Missing: Runaway or Murder Victim?” reviews the case of 21-year-old Hanna Harris, a Montana mom who went out to celebrate the 4th of July with friends but never came home. Her body was discovered days later in a remote field, and the truth about what happened to her shines a light on the troubling trend of violence against Native American women.  

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