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This Week's True Crime TV Highlights: 11/12/2017

Here's a rundown of all the new true crime television premiering this week:

7:00 P.M. - A&E- Dahmer on Dahmer: A Serial Killer Speaks (Part Two) 
Looking back on her first interview with Dahmer, Nancy Glass highlights on-and-off-camera conversations detailing Dahmer’s disturbing crimes through his own words, giving insight into his dark, depraved manner and reasons for killing. The two-night event offers an in-depth look at the man and monster that was Jeffrey Dahmer with new and exclusive interviews from those closest to him, including parents Lionel and Shari Dahmer, who haven’t spoken about this case or their son publicly in over 20 years, and surviving victims Billy Capshaw and Preston Davis, who have decided to finally break their silence about what happened to them. Their unique experiences with Dahmer throughout various stages of his life expose a serial killer unlike any other – one not motivated by the impulse to kill, but rather the desire to exercise control.

8:00 P.M. - A&E - Elizabeth Smart: Autobiography (Part One)
Elizabeth Smart tells the story of her kidnapping at 14-year-old and the nine months of captivity and sexual abuse she experienced. Also: Elizabeth, her family, and law enforcement officials discuss the efforts to find and save her.

9:00 P.M. - ID - The 1980s: The Deadliest Decade
"Phantom Killer Of The Opera"
When 31-year-old violinist Helen Mintiks goes missing during a performance at the Metropolitan Opera House, all of New York is terrified. Then her body is discovered in an airshaft at the Met. Could there be a real-life Phantom of the Opera?

10:00 P.M. -ID - People Magazine Presents
"Where Is Baby DeOrr?"
Two-year-old DeOrr Kunz was on a camping trip with his parents, Deorr Sr. and Jessica Mitchell, his great-grandfather, Robert Walton, and Walton’s friend, Isaac Reinwand, when he vanished at the campsite. A three-day search ensued as the family and emergency responders scoured the woods for clues about the boy’s whereabouts, yet there were no signs of DeOrr. After six months of investigating the harrowing disappearance, investigators turn their suspicions against the family. Do they know more than they’re letting on, or was this really a tragic accident?

9:00 P.M. - ID - Grave Secrets (Season Premiere)
"Beneath The Stars"
Curiosity overcomes new homeowners when they spot a barrel in their crawlspace. When they open it, they are horrified to find a body. Then, forensic experts recover a cryptic note stating, “I told the truth.” What secret led to this nameless victim’s death?

10:00 P.M. - NBC - Law & Order True Crime: The Menendez Murders
"Episode Eight"
After the first trial ends with a hung jury and the District Attorney refuses to offer the defense a deal, a second trial gets underway with Barry Levin (Harry Hamlin) joining the defense team. Political collusion between the District Attorney's office and Judge Weisberg (Anthony Edwards) reaches an apex as Garcetti (Mark Moses) fights to repair the office's reputation following a string of high-visibility losses. When Judge Weisberg disallows Lyle and Erik's family members to testify, it's up to Erik to once again recount the stories of abuse before the jury determines a verdict. As the trial comes to a close, Leslie learns revealing information about Jose and Kitty's childhoods.

10:00 P.M. - ID - Deadly Secrets
"A History Of Violence"
In 1979, a walk in the woods turns out to be a deadly mistake for single mom, Marie Huckins. Twenty years later, her daughter Patricia finds a night out following in the same fateful footsteps.

10:00 P.M. - History - The Hunt For The Zodiac Killer
Throughout the early 1960s and 1970s, the Zodiac Killer, one of history’s most famous unidentified serial murderers, terrorized America in a spree of heinous attacks, sending taunting letters and codes filled with bizarre and ancient symbols. This code has baffled some of the greatest minds in cryptology for over 50 years. Now a team of top investigators and code-breakers tackle the mystery, working in tandem with a super-computer, known as CARMEL, the first of its kind programmed to think like a killer. This team believes they may have broken a significant portion of the diabolically complicated code, Z340, and have been granted unprecedented access to police files, new witnesses, new clues, and the cooperation of representatives of the CIA and FBI.

9:00 P.M. - ID - Unusual Suspects: Deadly Intent
"Terror Under The Moonlight"
An unthinkable murder and miraculous story of survival take shape in a small Gulf Coast Texas town. A quiet night out between teenaged friends turns into every parent's nightmare when a killer stumbles upon his unsuspecting prey.

10:00 P.M. - ID - Homicide Hunter: Lt. Joe Kenda
"Time Bomb"
When a bomb explodes at the Pikes Peak National Bank, it's up to rookie detective Joe Kenda to catch the culprits. Is this an isolated robbery, or the opening move in a wave of terror and destruction about to descend upon Colorado Springs?

9:00 P.M. - ID - Blood Relatives
"Thanksgiving Day Charade"
On Thanksgiving, police officers are sent out on a welfare check and uncover an unthinkable triple homicide. To unmask the killer, detectives must uncover a victim's secrets and examine a hidden world of disinheritance, rage, and dark accusations.

10:00 P.M. Home Alone (Season Finale)
"Silent Night, Holy Terror"
In Alabama in 2010, sassy teenager Haley craves her independence, but her protective mom, Teresa, worries about the company she's keeping, specifically her new boyfriend Derrick. Teresa convinces Haley to end her toxic relationship, but he won't let go until he gets what he wants.

9:00 P.M. - ID - Deadly Women
"Tipping Point"
Amy Bishop Anderson worked hard to get where she is at the University of Alabama, but when she isn’t granted tenure, her disappointment turns deadly. After a kinky love affair gets too intense, Lisa Shuler must make sure all the evidence is destroyed, including her lover. Bridget Durgan came to America seeking a new start, but when her instability causes her to be fired from her housekeeping job, Durgan takes a violent turn against her bosses.

8:00 P.M. Lifetime - I Am Elizabeth Smart
In June 2002, Elizabeth Ann Smart (Boden) was a naïve 14-year-old girl when she was abducted from her Salt Lake City home by a religious fanatic Brian Mitchell (Ulrich). He brought her to a hilly encampment where, with his twisted accomplice Wanda Barzee (Lovejoy), he held Elizabeth captive. She was starved, drugged, raped and subjected to bizarre religious rituals until, nine months later, she enabled her own rescue. A film about the kidnapping was rushed on the air shortly after the incident, but it shied away from the reality of what Elizabeth went through. Now, in I Am Elizabeth Smart, Elizabeth herself, as a producer and on-screen narrator, explores how she survived and confronts the truths and misconceptions about her captivity. 
PLUS: TCA 2017: 'I Am Elizabeth Smart' (Photo Gallery)

9:00 P.M. - Sundance - Cold Blooded: The Clutter Family Murders
The docu-series – produced and directed by Joe Berlinger – focuses on the brutal murder of the Clutter family in a small Kansas town in 1959, the resulting investigation, convictions and executions of Perry Smith and Richard Hickock, chronicled in Truman Capote’s landmark book, In Cold Blood.

10:00 P.M. - ID - Deadly Women With Piers Morgan
"Sheila Davalioo"
For 14 years, Sheila Davalloo has remained silent about the events surrounding the murder of Anna Lisa Raymundo who was attacked in her home in Stamford, Connecticut. She refuses to accept guilt for Raymundo’s murder and has yet to serve her 50-year prison sentence she received for that crime. Today, she is seeing out a 25-year term in New York State prison for the attempted murder of her then husband, Paul Christos. In an exclusive first-ever interview, Piers Morgan sits face to face with Davalloo to drill down into what really happened and uncovers a story of lust, jealousy and obsession where first Anna Lisa Raymundo and then Paul Christos had to be disposed of so Sheila could be with the man she really loved.