CLOO, television’s new destination for crime and mystery, introduces its first original true-crime series KILLER INSTINCT on Saturday, September 17 at 9/8c followed by DATELINE ON CLOO at 10/9c. Both series will premiere 13 back-to-back one-hour episodes every Saturday and feature Mark Safarik, a retired FBI profiler who will demonstrate his unique ability to interpret crime scenes and violent criminal behavior.
In KILLER INSTINCT viewers go behind the scenes of some of America’s most notorious crimes, as seen through the eyes of one of the FBI’s most experienced criminal profilers, Mark Safarik. His expertise into the minds and motives of thousands of killers helped solve some of the country’s most high-profile cases. Safarik retraces his most challenging investigations and gives viewers an unprecedented insight into how he analyzes a crime scene, deciphers evidence, exposes deadly plots and ultimately discovers the identity of the killer. Through in-depth interviews with key law enforcement agents, dramatic recreations, and even a chilling one-on-one confrontation between Safarik and a convict, each episode will take viewers inside the mind of a killer. In the premiere episode, “A Killer Among Us,” Safarik recounts how he helped track down one of America’s most vicious serial killers. KILLER INSTINCT is produced by Peacock Productions with executive producers Sharon Scott, Knute Walker, Benjamin Ringe and Elizabeth Fischer.
DATELINE ON CLOO, hosted by Mark Safarik, will delve into some of the popular newsmagazine’s most compelling stories of true crimes, mysteries, investigative reports and social injustices. The premiere episode, “Vanished,” explores what happened after a teenager was kidnapped during a routine mall trip, resulting in a multi-state FBI manhunt. Other stories featured include a family matriarch who is found dead during a family vacation, four teens wrongly accused of murder, a young man’s death at a wilderness camp, and a young bank robber who vanished with millions. DATELINE ON CLOO is produced by Peacock Productions with executive producers Sharon Scott, Knute Walker, Benjamin Ringe and Loren Michelman.
Safarik was one of the most senior and respected members of the Federal Bureau of Investigation’s elite Behavioral Analysis Unit during his 30-year career in law enforcement. The famed profiling unit was showcased in the Academy® Award-winning film “The Silence of the Lambs” and is currently featured in the television series “Criminal Minds.” Serving with distinction in the FBI, he led the consultation efforts on many high profile national and international violent crime cases and shared his expertise in the analysis of various types of homicides and complex crime scene behavior. Safarik is an internationally recognized expert in the analysis and interpretation of violent criminal behavior and has provided expert witness testimony throughout the United States. He has appeared on “Dateline,” “Forensic Files,” MSNBC, TruTV and Discovery Channel to discuss his high-profile cases and analyses. He also serves as a consultant for the popular television series’ “CSI” and “Bones, “and recently appeared on a high-profile panel at this year’s Comic-Con.
CLOO is television’s new destination for crime and mystery fans. Along with the original true-crime series KILLER INSTINCT, the network offers the best, most addictive crime and mystery programming on TV, including scripted dramas like “Burn Notice,” “House,” “Law & Order: Criminal Intent,” “Law & Order: Special Victims Unit,” “Monk,” “NCIS,” and “Psych,” plus iconic classics like “Charlie’s Angels,” “T.J. Hooker,” and “Walker, Texas Ranger.” CLOO also features some of the genre’s best films (“Blood Diamond,” “Inside Man,” “The Bourne Ultimatum,” “Quantum of Solace,” “3:10 To Yuma”) including world premieres (“The Maiden Heist,” “Dark World”) and network premieres (“Blood and Bone,” “Moon,” “The Air I Breathe,” “Unthinkable”). CLOO is available in more than 38 million homes. The CLOO website is located at www.cloo.com.
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Who is Mark Safarik?
Mark E. Safarik M.S., V.S.M.
Supervisory Special Agent, FBI Ret.
Mark Safarik is featured in the original true-crime series KILLER INSTINCT premiering Saturday, September 17 at 9/8c on Cloo followed by the series he hosts, DATELINE ON CLOO at 10/9c.
Safarik was one of the most senior and respected members of the Federal Bureau of Investigation’s elite Behavioral Analysis Unit— the famed profiling unit showcased in the movie “Silence of the Lambs” and currently in the television series “Criminal Minds.” Safarik is an internationally recognized expert in the analysis and interpretation of violent criminal behavior. As a former California police detective in violent crimes, Safarik’s career in law enforcement spans over 30 years. Serving with distinction for 23 years in the FBI, he spent more than half of his career as a behavioral crime analyst in the FBI’s National Center for Analysis of Violent Crime. As one of the senior and most accomplished profilers in the unit, Safarik led the consultation efforts on many high profile national and international violent crime cases and shared his expertise in the analysis of various types of homicides and complex crime scene behavior.
Safarik has a graduate degree from Boston University and is an adjunct faculty member at Boston College. He is a lecturer at the University of Pennsylvania, a faculty member of the Armed Forces Institute of Pathology and an advisory board member at the Wecht Institute of Forensic Science and Law, Duquesne University. He has conducted internationally renowned research on the sexual assault and homicide of elder females and was awarded the prestigious Jefferson Medal from the University of Virginia for his groundbreaking work. He was presented with the 2009 Silver Medal from The Spanish Society of Criminology and Forensic Science, the first non-European to receive this distinct honor. He is a member of the Vidocq Society, the prestigious criminological society in Philadelphia that donates their investigative resources to solving cold case homicides. He is well published in international journals including the Journal of Forensic Sciences, International Journal of Homicide Studies, Journal of Interpersonal Violence, and has authored chapters on violent crime in a number of professional textbooks.
Safarik specializes in the careful and detailed analysis of violent criminals and their criminal behavior through crime and crime scene analysis. He has reviewed and consulted on thousands of national and international homicide cases and a wide range of violent crimes including sexual assault, criminal paraphilic behavior, extortion, threat assessment, false allegation of sexual assault, offender motivation and deterability, as well as conducting equivocal death assessments.
Safarik has provided expert witness testimony throughout the United States on complex behavioral assessments in many high profile cases including the Spokane Serial Killer, the Bakersfield Mass Murder, two California police homicides, and two multiple homicide cases to address issues related to crime dynamics, staging, undoing, as well as understanding what happened, and why. He has appeared on “Dateline,” Court TV, “Forensic Files,” MSNBC and Discovery Channel to discuss his cases and analyses. He is a consultant for the popular television series CSI: Las Vegas and Bones.
Safarik is a highly regarded lecturer who has instructed, both in the U.S. and internationally, well over 20,000 law enforcement personnel from Chiefs-of-Police to homicide and violent crime investigators, prosecutors, defense attorneys, judges, medical examiners, crime analysts, mental health professionals, forensic nurses, and academicians among others. He instructs in the areas of crime and crime scene analysis, sexual violence, and violence against the elderly. Safarik has been a consultant to law enforcement agencies, universities, writers, television networks, and foreign government entities.
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What are the episodes of Killer Instinct about? Synopsis and Spoilers
A KILLER AMONG US – September 17 at 9/8c
Ted Bundy and Gary Ridgeway, Washington State is home to some of America’s most notorious serial killers. Now Mark Safarik finds himself on the trail of another Washington madman. 18 people are dead on both sides of the State. Communities live in fear and want justice, and soon Safarik is enmeshed in one of his deadliest cases.
MURDER, WITH A TWIST – September 24 at 9/8c
Mommy Dearest meets Psycho. In a small town in the Pacific Northwest, a mother and her son are out for deadly revenge. They cover their tracks to fool detectives. But Mark Safarik isn’t fooled. He works with local investigators to expose their deadly plot in court.
BODY OF EVIDENCE – October 1 at 9/8c
In a twisted game of cat-and-mouse, Mark Safarik matches wits with a smart and confident wife killer. In order to crack the case (with no body, no crime scene and no murder weapon) he must help convince a murderous mastermind to confess.
KILLING FARM – October 8 at 9/8c
Two young men vanish from a New Hampshire farm. The last person to see them alive is an eccentric and beguiling local woman who was dating both men. Little do police suspect that she lured these men and possibly others to her farm, tortured them, and then killed them. When she’s finally caught the defense claims she’s insane, Mark Safarik tries to prove otherwise. To him this deadly woman is something else entirely, and among the rarest types of offenders, a female serial killer.
LOVE, UNDONE – October 15 at 9/8c
A teenage girl is found shot to death along the banks of the Sacramento River. Detectives think they know who killed her. They have an eyewitness. But as Mark Safarik will soon discover, the truth isn’t always as it appears. To solve this crime, he will have to dig below the surface.
FATAL FAMILY REUNION – October 22 at 9/8c
A wealthy California family is found executed in their home. Detectives zero in on a bizarre murder plot involving the surviving son. As Mark Safarik discovers, it takes both hard-nosed detective work and cunning to bring the killer to justice.
STRANGEHOLD – October 29 at 9/8c
A mother of triplets is strangled to death. Murder investigators suspect an innocent man. They turn to Mark Safarik for his analysis of the crime scene — and nab an offender that no one expected. Now Safarik will sit down – one on one – with the killer he helped put behind bars.
FINAL CONFESSION – November 5 at 9/8c
Mark Safarik is on the hunt for a sadistic serial killer who’s preying on young college girls. Two women have already been abducted, and now Safarik will help ID the killer before he strikes again.
A FAMILY AFFAIR– November 12 at 9/8c
An elderly couple is brutally murdered – beaten and stabbed in their own home. Detectives have no idea who the killer could be. Mark Safarik uncovers clues at the crime scene that lead them to a shocking answer.
DRIVEN TO KILL – November 19 at 9/8c
An entire family is gunned down in their sleep – mother, grandmother, and three young children. The victims’ husband/father is out of the state at the time of the hit. Detectives say he’s lucky. Mark Safarik thinks he might be a little too lucky…
SUDDEN DEATH – November 26 at 9/8c
A beautiful and promising young woman is mysteriously shot to death in a California parking lot, and the only witness was 100-yards away and didn’t see anything. The investigation stalls. Mark Safarik works with local investigators to catch a wily killer, someone who has been close by all along.
GETTING AWAY WITH MURDER – December 3 at 9/8c
A SHOT AT JUSTICE – December 10 at 9/8c
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