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Story of the Mallo clan to be told on primetime TV tonight

By From staff reports

The gruesome tale of one of Charleston's most notorious families will be told on Investigation Discovery at 9 p.m. tonight.

"The Evil Inside," an installment of the channel's new series "Evil Kin," will document the horrors found inside the Frame Street home inhabited by the Mallo family, as discovered by local police sent in to investigate the murder of their elderly neighbor, Phyllis Phares.

"Evil Kin" is a series of six episodes that began Aug. 28. Each installment airs at 9 p.m. on Wednesday.

The Investigation Discovery website sums up the series by saying "'Evil Kin' follows true-crime mysteries surrounding bone-chilling cases that prove blood is always thicker than water."

Tonight's episode is previewed on the website in a three-minute clip that features Charleston Police Lt. Steve Cooper and former assistant prosecutor Maryclaire Aikers. A dramatization of events unfolds, with actual police photos spliced in.

Thomas Mallo, then 15 years old, admitted to stabbing Phares more than 35 times with a pocket knife after the incident in 2009.

The teen's crime began an investigation that eventually dragged every adult member of his family through the court system and resulted in his niece and nephew being removed from the home because the living conditions were so horrid.

At his sentencing, Judge Carrie Webster called the environment in which he and his family lived a "modern day Deliverance." Thomas Mallo was sentenced to 40 years in prison for Phares' murder.


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