Darren Kavinoky is a busy man. In addition to being a trial lawyer, an interventionist, the host of Investigation Discovery’s Deadly Sins, and so much more, he’s also been running and riding a bike across the whole country, in his Journey Across America.
CrimeFeed was lucky enough to catch up with him for a Q & A during a brief break as he cycled up the East Coast.
— Darren Kavinoky (@DarrenKavinoky) July 5, 2017
CrimeFeed: You’re not just the host of Deadly Sins, but the co-creator, correct? Can you talk a little about your inspiration for the show?
Darren Kavinoky: When I was working as a field correspondent for an entertainment show, bobbing on the nose of a boat behind Tiger Woods’ house, after his big sex scandal, it struck me that it was always one of the seven deadly sins that were getting these guys in trouble. Lust, Greed, Gluttony, Envy, Pride, Anger, Sloth — but mostly lust. And that is how Deadly Sins was born.
Do you feel that most crimes involve these classic deadly sins?
As an expert in the world of crime, I can tell you unequivocally that the seven deadly sins show up everywhere in human misbehavior. They play a part in virtually every crime. We all have a little bit of them inside of us: Without lust, the human race wouldn’t procreate; without greed, we wouldn’t get out of bed and go to work in the morning; and so forth. But it’s when they’re out of control — that’s when it ends with a body bag.
You’ve recently challenged yourself with your Journey Across America. Can you tell us about that?
It started when a friend of mine who is a publicist was doing some work with a company that was launching a campaign using the phrase “the new face of 50.” So I came up with this wild idea that had always been on my bucket list, that I could be that new face of 50 and run across all 50 states! Annnd then they agreed. And then I really had to do it. Sooo, yeah, that’s how that happened. No one’s ever accused me of being overly smart!
But, just like life goes, this has been a true adventure. And in the words of Helen Keller, “Life is either a magnificent adventure, or else it’s nothing.” This has been a magnificent adventure. So we started, and our plan was running 50 miles a day, and then [points to self] the old guy gets a little injured. There was the beginning of a stress fracture, the beginning of a tendon unraveling in my shin, and the doctor said, “No running for you!”
Then I had to do something that was tough. I had to be willing to give up what I thought it was going to look like. I went through all of the stages of grief when I realized that I wasn’t going to be able to run. So we had to come up with a plan B. There were only two choices at that point: It was either fold up and go home, or find another way to stay true to the mission, even if it meant it wasn’t going to look the way I thought.
So we tried a roller blade experiment: That lasted for two hours and ended in a bloody mess. By the way, the problem with inline skating isn’t the skating, it’s the stopping! So now, here we are, after getting our butts on bicycles and seeing this amazing country of ours. So I’ve been running and riding my bicycle from Santa Monica to NYC, and every episode of Deadly Sins that I filmed was during my Journey Across America.
Getting to meet ID Addicts has been the highlight of this trip! We all may speak with different accents, and come from different parts of the country, but we all have one thing in common: We love Investigation Discovery, and we love those stories, and all of you people have been so gracious and awesome. The only thing bad about the Journey Across America is that it’s coming to an end! What are we going to do for an encore?
— Darren Kavinoky (@DarrenKavinoky) July 4, 2017
You’re known for making up creative portmanteaus. Do you have one to describe your journey?
Well, I don’t know that “portmanteau” word, but I’m known for coming up with “combinokys!” If I had to come up with one for this, it has been nothing short of “adventic!” It’s been adventurous, tough, and epic! And certainly memorable. Adventic-able! Yeah, we’ll add that in, too! Certainly the most grueling thing I’ve ever done in my life, and I am so grateful to everybody who has helped us get there, especially to Investigation discovery and all of the ID Addicts I’ve met in every city along the way.What do ID Addicts have to look forward to in this season of Deadly Sins?
This season, ID Addicts can look forward to what’s made Deadly Sins so great in the previous five seasons! It always ends with a body bag — or two — on Deadly Sins. Fans can also look forward to more of the great story-telling they’ve become accustomed to. This season promises to be grittier, gripping, and more graphic than any season before, so you’d better not miss a moment, and tune in to this season’s Deadly Sins!
Tune in to the premiere of season six of Investigation Discovery’s Deadly Sins on Friday, July 7 at 10/9c!
Main photo: Darren Kavinoky meeting fans on the road [courtesy Darren Kavinoky]