Oxygen has a new show titled The Jane Doe Murders (2021) in which former Las Vegas CSI Yolanda McClary teams with other investigators to try to identify a murder victim or victims, whatever the case (no pun intended) may be. In the first episode, which may be a trial run to see if it’s worth producing other episodes, is about a Jane Doe found in the Polk County woods in 1996. Yolanda teams with a few detectives in the county to get the backstory on the body being found then they move to clues surrounding the murder and evidence found at the crime scene. Finally, things get interesting when they bring in Genetic Genealogy to figure out who Jane Doe is.
Genetic genealogy is the use of genealogical DNA tests, i.e. DNA profiling and DNA testing in combination with traditional genealogical methods, to infer biological relationships between individuals. (source: Wikipedia)
The evidence found at the scene, a shirt, pants, and hair belonging to the killer. After much research, they find a possible connection between Jane Doe and her killer when they track down Jane’s husband who is the possible killer. To do this they track down his sister and ask for a DNA sample which matches the hair found at the crime scene. There’s much more that took place before and in-between all this, but as mentioned this was the most interesting aspect of the show. After they make the connection between the two the show takes off and grabs your attention.
The premier was two-hours that really could have been an hour. First half could be devoted to the murder itself and evidence found, and the second half devoted to finding out who Jane Doe is and who the possible murderer is. Or it could have been an hour and a half show, with the first half speaking of the murder all its components and the rest of the time connecting everyone.
This show had elements of Cold Justice (another true crime show on Oxygen) in which Yolanda and the detective talk to the relatives of the murder victim to get more insight into them. Where this differs is even though they know who the possible killer is they aren’t able to pursue the case. That is left to the investigators. Yolanda is only there to help identity who Jane Doe is. If there are future episodes there will be John Does.
As to not spoil the show who Jane Doe is and who the possible killer is was left out of this post intentionally for the purpose all posts is to bring a show or movie to you, the reader, in hopes you will watch the show or movie.
As mentioned, there’s only one episode of The Jane Doe Murders currently on Oxygen which might be a tester to see how it is received. Should there be more episodes hopefully they shorter than two-hours.