Burden of Proof directed by Cynthia Hill, official trailer and HBO release date
Burden of Proof directed by Cynthia Hill

HBO shared the official trailer for Burden of Proof, a four-part true crime docuseries following Stephen as he searches for the truth on his sister, 15-year-old Jennifer Pandos who went missing in 1987.

Directed by award-winning filmmaker Cynthia Hill (HBO’s “Private Violence”), Burden of Proof debuts with the first two episodes Tuesday, June 6 (9:00-11:00 p.m. ET/PT) on HBO followed by the final two episodes on Wednesday, June 7.

When 15-year-old Jennifer Pandos went missing in 1987, her parents told everyone she ran away. Decades later, her brother Stephen begins a relentless odyssey in search of the truth. His investigation into the case threatens to destroy his family as he becomes strongly convinced that his parents are both implicated in the crime. As time passes, more threads unravel and new evidence comes to light, Stephen starts to question everything he has come to believe.

Shot in cinema verité over seven years, the series unfolds in real time as Stephen launches his own investigation into what he fears may have transpired in his parents’ house the night Jennifer vanished and a suspicious handwritten note left as the only clue. Sensitively illustrated with Jennifer’s intimate journal entries and letters, and thoughtfully crafted dramatic visualizations of shifting and conflicting memories from family and friends of the months leading to Jennifer disappearance, the episodic flashbacks paint a portrait of a complex teenager dealing with a troublesome family dynamic. As missing evidence is uncovered, lie detector tests are failed, and past abuses are revealed, a rich, complicated narrative emerges while Stephen is left to wonder the price he has paid by pursuing this painful search for closure.

Watch the official trailer for Burden of Proof

Episode 1

Debut date: Tuesday, June 6 (9:00 – 10:00 p.m. ET/PT)

In 1987, Ron and Margie Pandos awake to find their daughter Jennifer missing from her bedroom. Decades later, Jennifer’s older brother Stephen believes their parents are responsible for her disappearance and has the investigation re-opened.

Episode 2

Debut date: Tuesday, June 6 (10:00 – 11:00 p.m. ET/PT)

With the police focus on Ron and Margie, investigators scrutinize Ron’s past as a Vietnam veteran and his criminal record. Margie is offered immunity in exchange for testimony against Ron. After decades of estrangement, Stephen confronts his father. But when new information emerges, the investigation goes in an unexpected direction.

Episode 3

Debut date: Wednesday, June 7 (9:00 – 10:00 p.m. ET/PT)

A trove of Jennifer’s personal writings paints a picture of a struggling teenage girl. The re-appearance of lost evidence refocuses the investigation on an original person of interest. Stephen continues to believe his mother holds the key to the truth.

Episode 4

Debut date: Wednesday, June 7 (10:00 – 11:05 p.m. ET/PT)

As the police investigation heats back up, Stephen learns about secret legal proceedings and a police subpoena regarding someone from Jennifer’s past. New evidence takes an emotional toll on Stephen and his family.

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