Netflix has released the official trailer for Joe Berlinger’s upcoming second installment to his true crime anthology series titled Crime Scene: The Times Square Killer, which will center around the dark past of one of New York’s most famous attractions. The three-part series will be available for streaming this December 29.
“As a lifelong New Yorker, I’ve watched Times Square become the tourist mecca it is today – but many people have forgotten about the darker era of the late 1970’s and early 80’s when it was a near-lawless sexual playground that enabled predators to exploit sex workers, or worse,” Berlinger said in a statement. “Through the location-focused lens of this series and this particular season, we unpack how this particular time and place, and a confluence of social forces, created an environment that allowed terrible things to happen and a killer to go unnoticed for too long.”
Crime Scene: The Times Square Killer serves as Netflix’s follow-up to The Vanishing at the Cecil Hotel series, which debuted earlier this year. The second installment will center around Times Square in the late 1970s to early 1980s where the Big Apple gets hit by a string of vicious murders against sex workers, leading to a manhunt for a serial killer.
“Season 2 begins as firemen respond to a call at a seedy hotel in the middle of Times Square in December 1979,” reads the synopsis. “What they discover among the smoke and ash shocks even the most seasoned NYC homicide detectives, triggering a hunt for a vicious serial killer who preyed upon sex workers operating within Times Square’s then-booming, anything-goes sex industry.
“The three-part series takes viewers deep into the investigation, detailing the social and systemic forces at play in a near-lawless area in the center of Manhattan that allowed multiple horrific crimes to go unnoticed for too long. A wide range of subjects are profiled to bring the era to life, from Times Square denizens to beat cops to the daughter of New York’s self-proclaimed ‘porno king.’ With exclusive access to Jennifer Weiss, the daughter of one of the victims, the series also underscores her efforts to identify others who have remained Jane Does, lost to an infamous, long-gone time and place.”
Crime Scene is a production by Imagine Documentaries and RadicalMedia Production In Association with Third Eye Motion Picture Company.
It is executive produced and directed by Berlinger. Brian Grazer, Ron Howard, Joe Berlinger, Sara Bernstein, Justin Wilkes, Jon Kamen, Jon Doran, Jen Isaacson, Samantha Grogin, Leslie Mattingly are executive producing.