Jessie Bardwell thought she met the man of her life in Jason Lowe. The Texas couple lived together in what seemed a perfect union. It ended in a monstrous tragedy when Bardwell’s decomposing body was found wrapped in a sheet and bubble wrap in remote Farmersville. According to People magazine, Lowe sexted other women while driving Bardwell’s dead body there. The Real Story With Maria Elena Salinas will explore the sordid mystery in the premiere episode of season 2 on Investigation Discovery.
Lowe was sentenced to 50 years in prison for the murder, but Emmy, Peabody, and Edward R. Murrow award-winning investigative journalist Maria Elena Salinas knows there’s always more to the story. Salinas brings the people who were impacted by the crime to the forefront. “It’s such a privilege to be able to honor these victims’ memories by telling their story and sifting through the facts to reveal previously unknown details,” Salinas said in a statement.
Jessie Bardwell had “big dreams and a big heart, so when she found her perfect man in Jason Lowe, she packed up and moved to a suburb of Dallas to start a new life with him,” reads the ID’s synopsis of the season premiere. “Soon after, with dwindling communication from his daughter, Jessie’s father, Gary, sensed problems and drove from his home in Mississippi to confront her.”
Over the 10-episode season, The Real Story With Maria Elena Salinas mixes recreations of the crimes with archival footage and one-on-one interviews to find “the truth behind headline-making crimes in search of new evidence, unheard perspectives, and the latest updates,” according to a press statement. Selina talks with Gary Bardwell about how “a father’s worst nightmare becomes his reality when his daughter’s missing person case turns into a homicide investigation.” Salinas also interviewed one of Lowe’s exes, who is “haunted by the fact that she dropped abuse charges against him in the past.”
Salinas spent over three decades as co-anchor and correspondent of Noticiero Univision and co-host of news magazine Aquí y Ahora. She has interviewed every U.S. president since Jimmy Carter, as well as Latin American heads of state, rebel leaders, and influential newsmakers.
“Newsmagazines are a staple of Investigation Discovery’s programming lineup, and as we grow our roster of the best investigative journalists out there,” Henry Schleiff, Group President, Investigation Discovery, Travel Channel, Destination America and American Heroes Channel, said in a statement. “We welcome having an outlet for Maria Elena to seek her passion and unravel the truth behind crimes in each episode of The Real Story.”
The Real Story will also investigate the case of a three-year-old boy who was “kidnapped for ransom and murdered in 1984, and whose killer was finally brought to justice after three decades; a Baruch College freshman who endured a bizarre hazing ritual that left him dead, exposing the dark world of fraternities; the murder of a 72-year-old grandmother at the hands of two ‘Irish Travelers;’ convicted murderer Judy Henderson, whose sentence was recently commuted after her role in the 1982 killing of jeweler Harry Klein; and more.”
The Real Story With Maria Elena Salinas season 2 premieres airing on Monday, June 4 at 10 p.m. on ID.