Over the last ten years, Investigation Discovery received countless calls and emails from viewers seeking help with unsolved homicide cases. The network’s answer to those requests came in the form of the new series Breaking Homicide, which follows former Rhode Island Police Sergeant Derrick Levasseur as he investigates cases from desperate families who are still searching for justice.
Throughout the season, Derrick (and forensic psychologist Kris Mohandie) chased down new clues in decades-old crimes, from a serial killer in Honolulu who was never caught to the sadistic murder of a girl from Derrick’s hometown in Rhode Island. In the season finale, Derrick investigates a case in Palmdale, CA, in which a young woman was brutally assaulted while walking to her car. Security guard Ray Jennings was convicted of killing 18-year-old Michelle O’Keefe at a parking lot where he worked, but eleven years later he was declared innocent despite the fact that he knew things only the killer could know. Derrick and his team probe the truths and lies in this tragic crime, providing the O’Keefe family peace and closure.
Derrick Levasseur is a decorated police sergeant from Central Falls, Rhode Island. Hired at only twenty years old, he was one of the youngest officers in the department’s history and worked in the Patrol Division, Detective Division and later the Special Investigations Unit as an undercover detective, where he worked with the ATF, DEA, FBI, and US Secret Service. Throughout his career, Derrick received multiple awards, including the Medal of Valor, which is the highest honor a sworn officer can receive. In 2017, he was the recipient of the American Red Cross “Hero Award” after saving seven people from a burning building. Derrick’s newly published first book, The Undercover Edge, reached #1 in New Releases in the first five days.
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