Doug worked as Art Director and Production Coordinator for eight episodes of the Netflix reboot of this legendary series, working alongside the original ‘Unsolved Mysteries’ creator Terry Dunn Meurer and showrunner Robert Wise to re-enact some of the strangest unsolved stories in true-crime & the supernatural. These unbelievable stories span decades so Sakmann worked to recreate every detail of the era including period automobiles, wardrobe, special effects & more. The 12 episode series includes active cases from across the US and around the world, and are available now on Netflix! You too may be able to help solve a mystery!
The new series will follow a similar format to its predecessor, which first aired on NBC in the late 1980s. Each of the 12 episodes will focus on a single mystery — the broadcast version had multiple cases per episode — and like the original, will enlist viewers’ help in solving each case.
The creators of Unsolved Mysteries, Terry Dunn Meurer and John Cosgrove, are behind the Netflix version as well. The company says it will “maintain the chilling feeling” of the original, while “telling the stories through the lens of a premium Netflix documentary series.”
Unsolved Mysteries premiered as a set of specials on NBC in 1987 and became a weekly series the following year. Robert Stack served as host, introducing stories about unsolved crimes, alternative versions of historical events and paranormal phenomena. The original Unsolved Mysteries ran for 11 seasons and 260 episodes chronicling over 1,000 stories, and received six Emmy nominations.
The new Unsolved Mysteries is a Netflix production. Meurer and and Cosgrove are executive producing with Shawn Levy and Josh Barry of 21 Laps (Stranger Things, Arrival); Meurer and co-exec producer Robert Wise will be showrunners.
The four stories Art Directed by Sakmann in the first six episode run:
“Mystery on the Rooftop”
The body of newlywed Rey Rivera was found in an abandoned conference room at Baltimore’s historic Belvedere Hotel in May 2006, eight days after he mysteriously disappeared. While the Baltimore Police maintained that the 32-year-old committed suicide by jumping from the hotel’s roof, the medical examiner declared Rey’s death “unexplained.” Many, including his devastated wife, Allison, suspect foul play.
“No Ride Home”
Alonzo Brooks, 23, never returned home from a party he attended with friends in the predominantly white town of La Cygne, Kansas. A month later, a search party led by his family locates Alonzo’s body — in an area that law enforcement had already canvassed multiple times. The FBI recently reopened the case and on June 11, announced a $100,000 reward for information leading to the arrest and conviction of any responsible parties in Alonzo’s death.
On September 1, 1969, many residents in Berkshire County, Massachusetts were traumatized by a sighting of a UFO. Eyewitnesses — many just children at the time — have spent their lives trying to convince the world that what they saw was real.
At age 17, a guilt-ridden Lena Chapin confessed to helping her mother dispose of her murdered stepfather’s body four years prior. In 2012, Lena was issued a subpoena to testify against her mother in court, but the authorities were never able to deliver the summons — because Lena had disappeared, leaving behind a young son.
Read more about the Unsolved Mysteries Reboot at People.com!