ABC 20/20 “Dead Man Talking” May 26 2023 Episode Preview
Prepare for a gripping two-hour special event as ‘20/20‘ delves into the perplexing case of Wendi Mae Davidson and the murder of her husband, Air Force Staff Sergeant Michael Severance.
The story begins when Wendi Mae Davidson, a former Texas veterinarian and mother of two, reports her husband missing in January 2005. As authorities launch a search for the Air Force veteran who had survived five tours of duty in the Middle East, a joint investigation by the Texas Rangers, the Air Force Office of Special Investigations, and local authorities unveils a web of secrets that Wendi Davidson had kept hidden.
’20/20′ features an exclusive interview with Davidson, who speaks from prison, where she is serving her 25-year sentence for her husband’s murder. ABC News chief national correspondent Matt Gutman sits down with Davidson to unravel the truth behind her husband’s disappearance. Davidson discusses what she claims really happened to Michael Severance and addresses the evidence that authorities say points to her, including a toxicology report revealing large amounts of animal tranquilizers in Severance’s system contributing to his death.
The program includes chilling recordings of police interrogating Davidson in the days following Severance’s disappearance, shedding light on the intensity of the investigation. ’20/20′ also features interviews with Frank Severance, Michael’s brother, Leslie Severance, Michael’s father, and other friends of Michael Severance, who provide insights into his troubled marriage and share their feelings about Wendi Davidson.
With additional interviews from key figures involved in the investigation, including Ron Sanders, former Tom Green County Sheriff First Sergeant, Shawn Palmer, retired Texas Ranger, and Greg McCormick, former Special Agent with the Air Force OSI, viewers gain access to the investigative process that uncovered the truth. ’20/20’ also presents interviews with Dr. Sridhar Natarajan, former chief medical examiner in Lubbock County, who performed Severance’s autopsy, and Diane Fanning, author of “A Poisoned Passion,” providing expert analysis and insight into the case.