New Series, ‘Elder Skelter,’ to Feature Illinois Murder on National TV
On November 6, a new television series called 'Elder Skelter' will debut on Investigation Discovery. According to the network, 'Elder Skelter' "tells shocking stories of senior citizens who committed cold, calculated crimes." The November 20 episode will include a piece on the murder of Steven Watkins, who was killed in Ashland, Illinois in 2008. The grandmother of Watkins' wife, Shirley Skinner, was convicted of his murder and is serving a 55-year sentence.
All Steven Watkins ever wanted was to be a family man…and he quickly jumps into a marriage with beautiful Jennifer Webster who comes from a well-to-do Seventh Day Adventist family. When their relationship sours, Jennifer’s grandma, Shirley Skinner offers an age-old solution to the problem. " - investigation.discovery.com
According to TrueCrimeReport.com, Skinner killed Watkins due to a custody dispute between Watkins and Webster over Skinner's great-granddaughter.
This is the third time in recent months that Investigation Discovery has told the stories of local/regional murders on national television. The series 'Happily Never After' aired an episode about Hannibal murder victim Sandy Fugate in August. Last month, the debut episode of 'Beauty Queen Murders' featured the 1985 murder case of Nixa, Missouri beauty queen Jackie Johns.
'Elder Skelter' will debut on November 6 at 9 p.m. Central Time. The Steven Watkins story will air as part of the program on November 20.
Each episode of ELDER SKELTER tells real-life tales of when a person's twilight years turn murderously dark - from a social security-loving, granny two-some who kill for money to a couple who decide the best way to celebrate a golden anniversary is ending the marriage...forever. Episodes contain two stories, each interlaced with recreations, expert commentary from local authorities and true-crime experts, as well as first-person accounts from friends and family of the victims." - investigation.discovery.com