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New Peacock Docuseries Explores Death, Disturbing Family Secrets, And The 'Monster In The Shadows' Of A Small Southern Town

Brittney Wood, a young mother, disappeared from her small Alabama town in 2012. That was just the beginning of the mystery. 

By Leah Carroll
Monster In The Shadow

A new docuseries explores the disappearance of 19-year-old Brittney Wood and reveals a tangled web of family secrets including an alleged sex-trafficking ring that goes back decades. In "Monster In The Shadows" filmmakers explore several theories about what might have happened to Wood, and speak to family members who are desperate to know, once and for all, the truth

Wood's disappearance captivated the state of Alabama when she first went missing in 2012 but salacious details of her family's history of alleged child sexual abuse soon eclipsed the search for Wood. In "Monster In The Shadows", Wood's mother Chessie, as well as friends and people who loved Wood speak candidly about her life, her family's crimes, and their desire to finally know what happened to the young woman they loved – a young woman who unwittingly became caught up in a shocking scandal. On the day Brittney Wood walked out of her mother's home, Chessie never would have believed it would be the last time they would see each other. She has been searching for answers, for herself, and for Wood's young daughter – who was just 2 years old when her mother disappeared. 

“I wanted to make a crime documentary that could actually help the family. I started researching missing person cases in America and I was blown away by the amount there were,” said director and producer Thomas Leader. “Even though there are tens of thousands of missing people, what happened to Brittney Wood stands out. There are so many unanswered questions that I wanted to get answers for, so many twists and turns that I wanted to understand better.”

Watch the trailer for "Monster In the Shadows" below. 

You can stream the three-part docuseries, distributed by Espresso Media International, on Peacock on August 26. 

Peacock’s additional true-crime offerings include "John Wayne Gacy: Devil in Disguise," and "Epstein's Shadow: Ghislaine Maxwell."

"Monsters In The Shadows" will air on Oxygen on Monday, January 17 at 9/8c. It's also available to stream on Peacock now.

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