This week, Netflix released a new crime documentary-TV series called “Crime Scene: The Texas Killing Fields”. This 3-three part installment is directed by Jessica Dimmock and focuses on a relatively desolate field that’s not far off the stretch of I-45 between Houston and Galveston. In the mid-1980s, the bodies of three women were found at this location, and though two were identified, one woman was left without any identity or leads. In 1991 another dead body was found; since then the field became known as “The Killing Fields” by local media. The first installment was “Crime Scene: The Killing Fields; it premiered on Netflix in February 2021 and focused on the infamous murders of Elisa Lam at the Cecil Hotel. Dimmock directed that episode, and the series creator Joe Berlinger also narrated it. The second installment will be called “Crime Scene: The Times Square Killer”; it premieres on Netflix in December 2021, and focuses on Richard Cottingham a serial killer who murdered 12 women and girls at the time of 1970- 1980.
Who is in the cast?
- Skip Hollandsworth as Self – Journalist
- Tim Miller as Self – Equusearch
- Lise Olsen as Self – A journalist
- Kathryn Casey as Self
- Richard Rennison as Self – FBI
- Nina Edwards as Self
- Kevin Petroff as Self – Assistant DA
- Andy Kahan as Self – Victim Advocate
- Jan Bynum as Self – Mother of Kelli Ann Cox
- Gay Smither as Self – Laura Smither’s mother
- Jason Johnson as Clyde Hedrick
- Juliana Harling as Heide Fye
- Jenn Wright as Deborah Darling
- Taye Cannon as Tim Miller
- Gabi Adickes as Gay Smither
- Hannah Bittick as 70’s girl
- Allie Morgan as Laura Miller
- Aedin Rayne Waldorf as 70’s girl
The Series was scheduled to be released on the 29th of November 2022.
What is the series about?
The documentary series is basically about a deceptive serial killer who was active in the ’80s. He was called ‘The Killer Clown’ because of his habit of dressing up as a clown and wearing a friendly mask to lure his victims, and then he would kill them and dump their bodies in this particular field. The killer struck four times between 1980-1991, and all the murders were unsolved for a long time until two years ago when some new developments in the case were made by police. The series’ main focus is on Souder, a narcotics officer, an ex-Marine who was always searching for the killer clown. He has to do a lot of fieldwork, investigating other cases and trying to solve this one as well as looking for clues. Each episode will focus on a new case, and highlight the tragedies committed by each killer. The men who were convicted are all said to be serial killers. The victims were all murdered between the years 1980 and 1991.
What makes this documentary different from others?
The documentary series can be considered as a combination of ‘Making a Murderer’, ‘Berkley’s Unabomber’, and ‘Mindhunter’ since it has almost the same subject matter. Unlike other documentaries that are narrated by only one person, this one is narrated by multiple people which makes it possible for more information to be provided to the audience. It also has more than one victim’s story instead of just focusing on one. The series is about both past and present crimes which gives the audience a better understanding of what happened with no confusion.
Why should you watch this series?
The series is more than just another television episode since it has an interesting plot. It can give a lot of information and facts about the case and this particular killer. It will make you want to find out more about the killers and their crimes. As for the Netflix originals, this is a very good choice for this month because it will help you discover new things about American culture, crimes, and murders in general.
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