Hey, y’all. Thanks for stopping by for another edition of True Crime and Chill. This week, I’m looking at the newest episodes of Very Scary People with Donnie Wahlberg, which has a new home on Investigation Discovery. And, look, I won’t hide the fact that I just don’t really like this show mostly because of Donnie Walhberg, but I’ll get there eventually.
Investigation Discovery’s Very Scary People is back with two fresh episodes that explores the disturbing tale of the Trailside Killer, David Carpenter. Although the episodes strive to uncover the life and heinous acts of this infamous serial killer, they miss the mark in several aspects, leaving viewers with an unsettling and sensationalized portrayal of a tragic story.
The episodes seem to prioritize shock value over a thoughtful and informative exploration of the case. The graphic descriptions and reenactments of the crimes can be disturbing and gratuitous, appearing to cater to viewers seeking thrills rather than a deep understanding of the events.
The narrative often strays from a balanced approach, instead focusing on the gruesome details of his crimes in a manner that seems overly sensationalized. This overemphasis on the horrifying elements, while potentially attention-grabbing, detracts from a more comprehensive understanding of the complex factors at play.
“The Trailside Killer: Part One” and “The Trailside Killer: Part Two” follow a familiar true crime formula, lacking innovation or novelty. For regular viewers of the genre, these episodes may feel repetitive and predictable, offering little in the way of fresh insights or unique perspectives on the case.
And the episodes’ focus on the killer risks overshadowing the experiences of the victims and their families. While the series attempts to explore the emotional impact of the crimes, it often seems more concerned with providing a sensational account of Carpenter’s life and actions.
And, lastly, while host Donnie Wahlberg brings a recognizable presence to the series, his narration occasionally comes across as overly dramatic, further contributing to the sensationalism that pervades the episodes. A more restrained and empathetic approach may have allowed the series to better honor the memory of the victims and provide a more respectful account of their stories.
As he delves into the twisted minds of history’s most notorious criminals, you can’t help but chuckle at the contrast between the show’s dark subject matter and Donnie’s peculiarly theatrical presentation. It’s almost as if he’s trying to out-spooky the very scary people he’s discussing, making the series an unexpectedly amusing experience.
Investigation Discovery’s latest episodes of Very Scary People, focusing on the Trailside Killer, are a disappointing entry in the true crime genre. By prioritizing sensationalism over substance and following a well-worn formula, these episodes fail to provide the thoughtful and informative exploration that the case deserves. For viewers seeking a more respectful and engaging portrayal of this tragic story, it may be best to look elsewhere.