Investigation Discovery Congratulates the San Antonio Four On Their Full Exoneration



The Texas Court of Criminal Appeals ruled for the innocence and exoneration on Wednesday of the four women known as the "San Antonio Four.” Filmmaker Deborah S. Esquenazi’s documentary film, SOUTHWEST OF SALEM: THE STORY OF THE SAN ANTONIO FOUR captures the nightmarish persecution and devastating impact on the San Antonio Four and their families. In 1994, the women were wrongfully convicted of aggravated sexual assault and indecency against two young girls in San Antonio, TX. In 2012 and 2013, after one of the accusers recanted and the forensic evidence used in the trial was debunked, Elizabeth Ramirez, Anna Vasquez, Kristie Mayhugh and Cassandra Rivera were released from prison … but until today were without their freedom. Winner of the Critics’ Choice Award for Best First Feature, and critically-acclaimed and lauded at Tribeca, Hot Docs, Outfest, Frameline, and many others, SOUTHWEST OF SALEM presents an intense and maddening reinvestigation into the bizarre allegations waged against these women during the “Satanic Panic” of the 1980-90s, and examines the disturbing injustices by which they were targeted for their sexual identities.

"They are innocent. And they are exonerated. This court grants them the relief they seek," according to the court ruling.

Investigation Discovery (ID) is the television home for the film, and will air an encore presentation of SOUTHWEST OF SALEM: THE STORY OF THE SAN ANTONIO FOUR  on Sunday, November 27 from 9a-11a ET.

“On behalf of my colleagues at Investigation Discovery, and all of our impassioned viewers who took action in this exoneration battle, we say congratulations to the San Antonio Four!” said Henry Schleiff, Group President, Investigation Discovery, American Heroes Channel and Destination America. “At this holiday, let us all be thankful for our media – be it print, tv, film, or the internet – and its collective ability to make a difference, to seek justice and to reveal the truth. Indeed, ID is honored to have been chosen to work with The Innocence Project of Texas, and filmmaker Deborah S. Esquenazi to amplify this story, and we’re humbled by the strength and perseverance of the San Antonio Four throughout this fight.”

The documentary is also currently available on Investigation Discovery’s TV Everywhere platform,, the network’s live and on demand TV Everywhere streaming service. To log in and watch for free with your TV subscription, visit or download Investigation Discovery GO from the App Store (for smartphones, tablets and Apple TV), Google Play or Roku Channel Store.

SOUTHWEST OF SALEM: THE STORY OF THE SAN ANTONIO FOUR is produced by Motto Pictures and Naked Edge Films with Deborah S. Esquenazi as director and Sam Tabet as producer. For Motto Pictures Julie Goldman and Christopher Clements are executive producers. For Naked Edge Films, Jim Butterworth and Daniel J. Chalfen are executive producers. For Investigation Discovery, Pamela Deutsch is senior executive producer, Sara Kozak is senior vice president of production, Kevin Bennett is general manager, and Henry Schleiff is Group President of Investigation Discovery, American Heroes Channel and Destination America.

About Deborah S. Esquenazi

Deborah S. Esquenazi is a documentary filmmaker, radio producer, curator, journalist. Her work explores the intersections of mythology & justice, identity & power. She is a Rockwood JustFilms Ford Foundation Fellow, 2016; Firelight Media Lab Fellow, 2016; Artist-in-Residence at the Mexican-American Cultural Center in Austin, 2016-19; Sundance Creative Producing Fellow, 2015; Sundance Documentary Film Fellow, 2014. Her projects have received support from Humanities Texas, Sundance Institute in association with JustFilms Ford Foundation and Open Society Foundation, Chicken & Egg Pictures, IFP, Arcus Fund, Paul Robeson Fund, and many others. Her debut feature documentary, Southwest of Salem, premiered at the 2016 Tribeca Film Festival to critical acclaim, and is a reinvestigation into the bizarre allegations waged against the ‘San Antonio Four’ during the ’Satanic Panic’ of the 1980-90’s.

About Investigation Discovery

Investigation Discovery (ID) is the leading mystery-and-suspense network on television. From harrowing crimes and salacious scandals to the in-depth investigations and heart-breaking mysteries behind these “real people, real stories”, the “always revealing” network challenges our everyday understanding of culture, society and the human condition. One of our nation’s fastest growing cable networks, ID delivers the highest-quality programming to more than 85 million U.S. households and is available in both high definition (HD) and standard definition (SD). For more information, please visit,, or Investigation Discovery is part of Discovery Communications (Nasdaq: DISCA, DISCB, DISCK), the world’s #1 pay-TV programmer reaching nearly 3 billion cumulative subscribers in 220 countries and territories.