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The docuseries ‘The Beauty Queen Killer: 9 Days of Terror’ shares the stories of women who survived murderer Christopher Wilder

ABC News Studios announced The Beauty Queen Killer: 9 Days of Terror, a new true-crime docuseries sharing stories about the women who survived rampaging killer Christopher Wilder. It starts streaming on May 16 Hulu.

What is going on:

  • ABC News Studios announced this today The Beauty Queen Killer: 9 Days of Terror, a new true-crime docuseries that delves into the harrowing stories of the women who survived rampaging killer Christopher Wilder begins streaming on Thursday, May 16, only on Hulu.
  • In 1984, Wilder unleashed shocking violence against young women, many of whom were aspiring models, for 47 days, earning him the nickname The Beauty Queen Killer.
  • Produced by 101 Studios and Ample Entertainment for ABC News Studios, this gripping three-part series interweaves the stories of Wilder’s victims with those of the survivors of his violence, including Tina Marie Risico, who was kidnapped by Wilder at age 16 from a California shopping center.
  • Now, forty years after her kidnapping, Risico is speaking out for the first time in decades, sharing what she says are details of surviving nine hellish days with Wilder, enduring unimaginable torture and terror before being forced to witness the brutal crimes of her captor.
  • Risk tells how Wilder forced her to help him kidnap another teenage girl; Meanwhile, the FBI linked Wilder to the deaths and disappearances of at least nine other women across the country, prompting the largest FBI search in history at the time.
  • As the authorities close in, Wilder flees with the kidnapped Risico, culminating in a final murder before releasing Risico after nine violent days as a prisoner.
  • Under shocking circumstances, Risk survived, and while many welcomed her home, some doubted her innocence – and what she says are the difficult choices she had to make to survive her time in captivity.
  • The Beauty Queen Killer: 9 Days of Terror shows the profound courage of Risico and the other women who survived Wilder and the lasting impact of one man’s reign of terror.
  • The new docuseries takes viewers inside Wilder’s hair-raising rampage through exclusive archival footage and intimate access to Risico and those closest to her.
  • The series also features commentary from law enforcement officers involved in the case and grieving family members and exclusive interviews with women who previously crossed Wilder’s path, many of whom share their harrowing encounters on camera for the first time.


  • The Beauty Queen Killer: 9 Days of Terror is produced by 101 Studios and Ample Entertainment for ABC News Studios. For 101 Studios, the series is overseen by Eliot Goldberg.
  • David Glasser, Ron Burkle, Bob Yari and David Hutkin are executive producers for 101 Studios.
  • For Ample Entertainment, executive producers include Ari Mark, Phil Lott, Alex Meistrell and Kathryn Vaughan.
  • Claire Weinraub serves as executive producer and David Sloan is senior executive producer for ABC News Studios.

Tricia Kennedy

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