True stories of murder and mayhem morph into urban legends like the boogeyman or the monster under the bed — haunting our childhoods and scaring us throughout our lives. This series brings to life the true stories that spawned these hair-raising tales, proving once again that truth will always be scarier than fiction. Performer Todd Robbins, best known for his fascination with eccentric and arcane forms of entertainment, brings his shadowy and sardonic self to deliver six spine-tingling episodes, revealing that sometimes, our fears aren't mere figments of our imagination after all. Acting as an on-screen narrator, Robbins appears in and out of scenes, using his ominous tone and eerie charisma to masterfully weave together three stories each hour, playfully hinting that there is always more to the story to reveal.
In the premiere episode, Todd introduces three sinister stories of unrequited love, betrayal, and even being buried alive. First, men start disappearing on widow Belle Gunness' farm. With farmhand Ray Lamphere madly in love with Belle, how far is he going to capture her heart? Then, young Angelo Hays' lifeless body is dragged away after a curious motorbike accident, but with a life insurance policy just taken on him, is there something far more morbid to the story? Then, Army Sergeant Stephen Shap is a quintessential American hero and a devoted husband to his wife. To Shap, an oath is sacred and when vows are violated, someone has to pay dearly.
"True Nightmares" is produced for Investigation Discovery by Discovery Studios. For Discovery Studios, Mike Masland, Eddie Barbini and Jeff Kuntz are executive producers. For Investigation Discovery, Tim Baney is executive producer, Sara Kozak is senior vice president of production, Kevin Bennett is general manager, and Henry Schleiff is group president.