Investigation Discovery, the offshoot cable network aimed at programming to fans of women married to convicted felons (‘Prison Wives‘) and the forensic profiling of serial killers (‘Most Evil‘), is debuting ‘Paradise Lost,’ a new terror-inducing series documenting horrific travel stories that might make you never want to step foot on foreign soil again.
As the press release details, each hour of the eight-part true crime drama promises to capture the “nightmare of someone’s dream trip gone horribly awry, and tells the tale of how they lived through it.”
The episodes below read like titles ripped from a Hardy Boys caper, but unlike the lighthearted fictional adventure books, Investigation Discovery confirms that the frightening accounts in ‘Paradise Lost’ are all based on “real-life” events.
Kidnap and Ransom: Tom Hargrove’s dream life in Colombia becomes a nightmare when he is kidnapped by militant teenage rebels high in the Andes mountains and kept in captivity for nearly a year.
Baby Snatcher: After following her heart to Mexico, Samantha Lowry discovers fairytales don’t always come true. After her playboy fiancé reveals his true colors, Lowry ends up in a desperate six-month cross-border search for her kidnapped newborn.
Blood in the Desert: Cynthia Kiecker and her Mexican husband’s bohemian lives in Chihuahua are turned upside down when they are arrested, tortured, and forced to confess to a series of murders they did not commit.
High Stakes Bonanza: Manley Guarducci and his wife enjoy their new life in the Nicaraguan rainforest until he is suddenly abducted by rebel forces who demand $2 million for his return. A high-stakes game of poker coupled with an increasingly desperate Guarducci lends to this intense episode of gambling gone wrong.
Nightmare in Kenya: Following the tragic death of her fiancé, Nikki Roberts moves to East Africa to follow her dream of opening a nightclub in paradise. After a few short months, Roberts finds herself pregnant, penniless and imprisoned by what she can only explain as voodoo acts and corruption.
Those seeking a reference point need look no further than 1999’s ‘Brokedown Palace’ for inspiration:
‘Paradise Lost’ premieres Wednesday, April 7, at 10 p.m. on Investigation Discovery.