Oxygen, the destination for high-quality crime programming, debuts a gripping two-hour special, “Uncovered: The McMartin Family Trials” on Saturday, July 27, at 7 p.m. ET/PT. This installment of “Uncovered” takes a deep dive into how a case that engulfed a community became a modern-day witch hunt, igniting a nation.
“Uncovered: The McMartin Family Trials” turns the lens to 1983, when a small South Bay community of Manhattan Beach was rocked to its core after a child from the prestigious McMartin Preschool accused a teacher of molestation. What started out as one allegation soon became a media frenzy, with no shortage of children coming forward claiming to corroborate the story and add to the accusations. This led to seven teachers being charged, and two of them standing trial for heinous crimes, kicking off a seven-year trial that cost taxpayers $15 million (the most expensive trial in history) ... and yielded zero convictions. The claims were unsupported, many people believed the children’s testimonies were coerced and the lives of the families involved were shattered.
The two-hour special reveals first-hand accounts from many key players that were involved in the case including alleged victim Elizabeth Cioffi and her parents, lawyers for the defense and prosecution, and Kevin Cody, Publisher of The Easy Reader, which featured extensive coverage of the case as it unfolded.
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