Only 15 percent of homicide detectives in the United States are women, and TLC’s newest docu-series, “Women of Homicide,” takes a look at the gritty world of homicide investigations through the eyes of three of those female detectives.
Zap2it can exclusively reveal that the new series premieres Wednesday, April 9 at 9 p.m. ET/PT on TLC. The eight-episode show will follow three homicide detectives in Cincinnati and Atlanta. Read on for more details about each of the women tasked with bringing closure to victims’ families by putting the guilty behind bars.
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Summer Benton has been with the Atlanta Police for 12 years and with Homicide for nearly five years. Inspired to become a police officer by her father, a former white-collar crime detective, Summer works hard to do her family legacy proud. In her short time on the job, she’s solved 28 cases. In her investigations, Summer utilizes her nurturing personality and ability to connect with people of all backgrounds, which has earned her the role of Hostage Negotiator for the City of Atlanta.
In Jenny Luke’s 20 years on the force, and 13 years in the Homicide Unit, she has solved 70 cases for the city of Cincinnati, earning the trust and respect of her unit, peers and the admiration of her two sons. Prior to joining the Homicide Unit, Jenny posed undercover in vice for several years, taking on various roles to gain knowledge from the inside. This firsthand exposure to the grit of Cincinnati has provided her with a sharpened focus in her current role, enabling her to speak to suspects on their level, as she works to help convince the guilty to come clean. Jenny is newly married to a fireman, and works hard to balance her personal and professional life.
Jennifer Mitsch has been a member of the Cincinnati Police Department for the last 16 years, and part of the Homicide Unit for eight years. She’s a wife and a mother of two young children, and fortunately for her, her husband understands the demands of the job, being a police officer himself. Jennifer is known for her calm demeanor and cool analytical approach when working through these cases, attacking problems with methodical patience. Since on the job, she has solved 31 cases. Jennifer is also a ‘Big Sister’ mentor, volunteers training search dogs and is pursuing an advanced degree.
In the first episodes, Detective Jenny Luke works to find out if a homicide that took place on a late-night walk in Cincinnati was the result of a set-up or a random act of violence. Detective Jennifer Mitsch tries to identify the guilty in a drug deal that left one man dead and one paralyzed from the neck down, while, Detective Summer Benton hunts for the person who murdered a business owner in front of his own home.