Premieres Monday, April 24 at 10 PM ET/PT on Investigation Discovery
Join Univision News anchor Maria Elena Salinas as she digs for the true stories behind national headline-making crimes in search of new evidence, unheard perspectives, and updates to the cases.
“THE REAL STORY WITH MARIA ELENA SALINAS” tackles the issues that come along with a national story. By pushing aside the clutter that surrounds a sensationalized case, Maria Elena Salinas brings to light what the media originally missed. The series prmiere covers the heartbreaking story of Long Island resident Martin Tankleff, who as a teenager was convicted of murdering his mother and father. Tankleff’s conviction was overturned in 2008 – 17 years into a double-life sentence – after a witness came forward with new information that flipped the case on its head.
This vital witness, Karlene Kovacs, publically reveals her identity for the first time to discuss what compelled her to deliver a testimony that ultimately contributed to Tankleff’s exoneration. And, in an emotional interview, Tankleff reveals to Salinas his side of the story from the moment he discovered his parents dead to the moment he was released from prison. Today, Tankleff is free and working hard to help other people who claim they’ve been wrongfully convicted by advocating for a new law that forces detectives to record confessions.
Other high-profile stories re-investigated this season by Salinas include: a mother’s decades-long quest for justice to discover the answers about Felix Vail, the oldest serial killer case in American history; the Deltona Massacre, in which a woman and five friends were beaten and murdered by squatters, who she had recently evicted from her grandmother’s winter home; a Detroit shooting to which a 14-year old confessed – then recanted – causing Salinas to examine the skewed view of justice when dealing with life on the streets; and the deadliest mass shooting in U.S. history, the massacre at Pulse Nightclub in Orlando, where Salinas uncovers groundbreaking information about the shooter’s deepest secrets.