Case Closed: The Final Season of 'Homicide Hunter: Lt. Joe Kenda' Is Here

The all-time favorite ID series — and hero — wraps up with 20 new episodes, starting on August 28.

August 14, 2019

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By: Mike McPadden

After 23 years with the Colorado Springs Police Department, eight incredible seasons on Investigation Discovery, and a 92% solve rate on the more than 350 murder cases he’s investigated (one of the highest in history), Lt. Joe Kenda is ready to move on to his next chapter.

On August 21, Homicide Hunter: Lt. Joe Kenda will begin its ninth and final season. The series conclusion will bring an end to a true crime series that reinvented the public's perception of police work and turned its central figure into an icon.

Tapping into his eidetic memory and speaking in a pointed, no-nonsense drawl, the veteran lawman's storytelling process has mesmerized viewers since its 2011 premiere. Case by case, show by show, Homicide Hunter enabled Lt. Kenda to confront long-suppressed memories and the viewers have been fascinated by every minute.

Lt. Kenda says he has learned three motives continually drive human beings to commit the type of crimes he's investigated: money, sex, or revenge.

The final season of Homicide Hunter will include 20 deep dives into Lt. Kenda's casebook that back up that observation. The cases will stand out due to the horrifying, heartbreaking details that spill forth by way of his spellbinding eloquence.

Henry Schleiff, group president of Investigation Discovery, said, "Kenda's storytelling has provided valuable information, gripping entertainment and, even inspiration to audiences everywhere, and in turn, I believe we have provided Joe [with] a small sense of therapy, if you will. It is bittersweet as we begin to say farewell to this series … but we are excited about what we have coming up with Joe's next chapter on Investigation Discovery and look forward to sharing the announcement."

Regarding the series' end, Lt. Kenda has said, "As this is real life, the stories that I have left in my case files are either too simple or simply too gruesome to tell on television. I always wanted to go out at the top of my game, and I can assure you that season nine is just that."

The final season of Homicide Hunter: Lt. Joe Kenda premieres Wednesday, August 28 at 9/8c.

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