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Faith Jenkins Teases "Fascinating and Intriguing" Second Season of Killer Relationship
The host of Killer Relationship with Faith Jenkins previewed the murder cases highlighted in the upcoming second season.
When it comes to true crime, there's often a nature of predictability, with red flags popping up to indicate danger is looming ahead. But in Season 2 of Killer Relationship with Faith Jenkins, it's not always so clear-cut.
Faith Jenkins spoke to Oxygen.com about what viewers can expect from the sophomore season — premiering May 28 at 7/6c — sharing that it will highlight "fascinating and intriguing" murder cases.
"I use those words because in this true crime genre, and with the stories we've been telling, I think that there has always been a surprise element to the cases. Surprising meaning it could be people that you know," she said, adding that the victims and perpetrators are like the "people next door."
In the debut episode, Killer Relationship explores the murder of Makeva Jenkins, a pregnant woman killed by a masked gunman in July 2017. Faith said of the case, "We get into the story about how they fell in love, how they created this family, how successful she was, and then how everything went so wrong so quickly and so badly."
Makeva is one of the many victims who viewers might resonate with this season, according to Faith.
"These are really relatable stories because everyone can relate to having a relationship. Everyone can probably relate to going through a breakup," Faith said, before adding, "But not everyone can relate to someone being murdered."
And while some might be quick to say that they'd leave a relationship before it turned deadly, Faith noted that a majority of the victims, and even their loved ones, couldn't have predicted the way things would turn out.
"As you'll see from this coming season, in many of the cases, we have friends and family, they were not aware of any issues in the couples' relationships. And so, people are really good at hiding problems and not wanting to expose issues they're having with their spouse out of fear of family members not liking them or turning on them," she said.
She added that in many of the cases, there were no outward signs of turmoil in the relationships. "People weren't walking around with bruises on their bodies. There was not — in some cases — emotional abuse," Faith said.
So, why would someone murder a person they once claimed to have loved?
"It was just a matter of someone had a secret that they did not want to get exposed. And they took the ultimate step in what they thought they needed to do to keep their secret a secret," Faith shared.
The former Divorce Court judge shared that the murder of Brad McGarry is one such example of this. Viewers will learn that investigators initially thought it was a hate crime because McGarry was a gay man living in a rural area of Ohio. However, as the investigators looked deeper into McGarry's relationships, they found out he harbored a secret that caused his death.
All in all, Faith said that Killer Relationship proves that you never know what's going on in a person's love life, and the reasons why they may stay in a bad romance. She noted that during her time as a prosecutor for the Manhattan District Attorney's Office she learned a lot about domestic violence, saying, "Seven to eight times out of 10 cases, the victim retracted."
"When people say, 'Well, why don't they just leave? Why don't they just go?' There are a lot of other decisions that come into play when people are making moves," she said. "And sometimes, it's fear of what the other person will do."
She continued, "So it's good to have a plan in place beforehand and get out as soon as you can."
If you’re experiencing domestic violence or know someone who is, call 911 or the National Domestic Violence Hotline at 1-800-799-SAFE (7233) or visit thehotline.org.