Investigation Discovery will air the debut episode of Untouchable: Power Corrupts on Thursday, July 9. The premise of the series, according to the cable channel, is to offer "an inside look into how a taste for power can turn into a thirst for blood, featuring the perplexing journeys of seemingly good citizens to corruption." The first story that will be told on Untouchable: Power Corrupts will be that of Dr. Michael Swango, a Quincy native sentenced to three life terms after confessing to four murders, though it is suspected that he could have been involved in up to 60. 

The premiere episode airing July 9 at 9/8c features a collection of strange but seemingly unrelated events— a star gymnast recovering well from a car accident dies suddenly in her hospital bed in Columbus, OH; a tough war veteran battling a mild form of cancer takes a fatal turn for the worse in Northport, NY, and a Quincy, IL paramedic crew struck down by a series of mysterious illnesses. These tragic occurrences appear isolated and random, until nurses discover evidence that Dr. Michael Swango, a trusted and well-liked surgeon, is somehow involved in each. Dr. Swango leads investigators on a deadly game of ‘catch me if you can’—but as law enforcement closes in, the doctor remains one step ahead." - Investigation Discovery

This is not the first time that a national television show has told the story of Dr. Michael Swango. The case was featured on an episode of Unsolved Mysteries, and on National Geographic Channel. Locally, KHQA recently produced a three-part report on Dr. Michael Swango, which can be viewed online.

Additional episodes of Untouchable: Power Corrupts include:

  • “House of Pain” Premieres Thursday, July 16 at 9/8c

Detective Jon Burge has a gift for closing even complex cases with a confession. So when allegations about his interrogation methods surface, they are ignored or dismissed until an explosive tip-off suggests that Burge is hiding a sinister secret.

  • “Teflon Joe” Premieres Thursday, July 23 at 9/8c

By infiltrating the shady but glamorous world of cocaine dealers and drug mules,Joe Miedzianowski has become one of the best Gangs and Guns cops in the Chicago PD. But a series of suspicious events leads the FBI to wonder exactly whose side Miedzianowski is on.

  • “Courtroom Killer” Premieres Thursday, July 30 at 9/8c

New Jerseydefense lawyer Paul Bergrin is the go-to-guy for criminals looking to stay out of jail. When he takes to extreme measures to win unwinnable cases, the Feds suspect that Bergrin has become more dangerous than the clients he represents.

  • “Mobster Cop” Premieres Thursday, August 6 at 9/8c

In an Illinois town in the grip of the Chicago mob, Police Chief Michael Corbitt is surrounded by temptation. A string of extortion scams, violent crimes and a deadly extramarital affair prompts investigators to suspect that Corbitt has been lured in.

  • “Ballot and Bullet” Premieres Thursday, August 13 at 9/8c

After swapping police work for politics, Sidney Dorsey ascends to a position of enormous power – the Sheriff of DeKalb County. Amid claims of corruption, a political rival emerges to challenge Sheriff Dorsey’s authority. With careers and reputations at stake, people are pushed to unspeakable acts in order to maintain their grip on power.

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