'Who Killed My Son?': Live stream, release date, plot, creators and all you need to know about Discovery+ documentary

'Who Killed My Son?': Live stream, release date, plot, creators and all you need to know about Discovery+ documentary
A still from 'Who Killed My Son?' (Discovery+)

In 2014 Pravin Varughese, an Indian American student at Southern Illinois University went to a house party in Carbondale, Illinois. He was never seen alive again. A new true-crime documentary ‘Who Killed My Son?’ tries to untangle this seven-year-old mystery. Here’s all you need to know.

Release date and where to stream

‘Who Killed My Son?’ streams exclusively on Discovery+ beginning March 23, 2021. To watch the documentary, you need a subscription to Discovery+. 


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A still from 'Who Killed My Son?'. (Discovery+)



‘Who Killed My Son?’ follows the challenges the Varughese family faced as they fought for an investigation into their son’s disappearance. From pushing local authorities for a transparent investigation to consistently facing what she believed is systemic racism because of the color of their skin, this Indian American family exhausted all avenues to find out what really happened to their son. 

Now Pravin’s mother, Lovely Varughese comes forward to share her story, joined by her family’s advocate and interviews with law enforcement, friends, and those connected to the case. Through poignant, emotional, and jarring interviews, this special probes for answers to the question: was Pravin murdered, or was it an accident as law enforcement initially believed? And should someone be put behind bars for his untimely death? 

There were also rumors that the 19-year-old’s death was his own doing, and accusations of drugs, alcohol, and foul play inundated the case. But Lovely knew her son, and she felt certain there was more to the story than the authorities let on. Fighting what she believed to be prejudice, deception, and a flawed legal system at every turn, Lovely refused to give up on the memory of Pravin. 

A still from 'Who Killed My Son?'. (Discovery+)


This two-hour special will witness the lengths the Varughese family went through to prove that their only son was not the cause of his own death and that the truth is worth fighting for. 


‘Who Killed My Son?’ is produced for Discovery+ by Texas Crew Productions and SO’B Productions. Executive Producers for Texas Crew are David Karabinas and Brad Bernstein, and Executive Producers for SO’B are Soledad O’Brien and Jo Honig. For discovery+, Dianna Sperrazza is Executive Producer.

O'Brien, a renowned American broadcast journalist, said of the documentary: "The mystery behind this young man's death is just too much for any mother to bear. When the criminal justice system failed to get answers, she began an epic fight for justice, marshaling a community of supporters to hold officials accountable. What they discovered was nothing less than shocking.” 

Soledad O'Brien attends Rush Philanthropic Arts Foundation's 2016 ART FOR LIFE Benefit presented by Bombay Sapphire Gin at Fairview Farms on July 16, 2016, in Bridgehampton, New York. (Getty Images)


“We are proud to bring this incredibly moving story of perseverance to Discovery+,” said Lisa Holme, Group SVP Content and Commercial Strategy for Discovery+. “Lovely Varguhese’s advocacy for her son took years of working against racism and prejudice, and hopefully by sharing her story, other families will not have to endure the same fight.” 


So far, no trailer for the Discovery+ special has been released. Watch this space for more updates. 

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