What made these ladies lethal?
Piers Morgan on meeting female murderers for a new series of his hard-hitting documentary show
NEW documentary Killer Women Thursday / ITV / 9.00Pm
Taking a sip from a cup of tea, Piers Morgan relaxes back into a plush sofa inside a hotel on London’s South Bank.
The Good Morning Britain presenter has just returned from the US where he’s been filming the second series of Killer Women with Piers Morgan, and is telling TV Times about one of the most memorable moments of the five-part series.
‘One woman murdered a lady who she’d never met before, in cold blood,’ says Piers. ‘She always said her husband persuaded her to do it, but over the course of a couple of hours I managed to break her down and she confessed it had been her idea.’
Piers, 52, is talking about Ashley Humphrey who, in 2003, followed Sandra Rozzo home from work and shot her eight times at point-blank range, before calling her husband to ask him to order her a pizza.
‘I think she felt relieved to finally confess,’ says Piers. ‘This is ultimate journalism. You’re trying to unravel a heinous crime and trying to get inside the head of someone to work out why they did this terrible thing. That’s the challenge – to get to the truth of why they did it.’
Humphrey is one of five female murderers Piers speaks to in this series and each case is very different. Here, Piers tells us more…
Do you enjoy making the series? I love doing them. They’re like no pieces of TV I’ve done. I’ve spent most of my life interviewing royals, politicians or celebrities, but not murderers. female murderers are interesting because women don’t kill very often. When you meet them they look normal, but you just know they have committed unspeakable crimes. It makes the hair on your neck stand up a bit.
Female killers are interesting because women don’t kill very often
Who’s the most dangerous woman you speak to this series? Sheila Davalloo, who I believe is an absolute psychopath. She probably tried to kill her first husband, certainly tried to kill the second husband and definitely killed her lover’s girlfriend. She seemed very normal, yet has this evil streak in her.
One of the other women you interview is Amber Wright…
That was a really chilling case. As a 15-year-old, she lured her teenage boyfriend to a trailer, where he was beaten, stabbed, burned and thrown off a bridge by a group of older boys. She said she wasn’t a bad person and that people were judging her on one bad decision. Going to the supermarket and choosing the wrong pork pie is a bad decision! This lad had done nothing wrong and died in unimaginable circumstances.
Being a father, is it difficult hearing stories like that?
I’ve had three boys going through that age. I don’t know how you would ever forgive it. The boy’s father was full of rage, but the mother showed unbelievable dignity and forgiveness, which is unbelievably powerful in the programme. I wanted to hug them. They’re broken forever – they’re never going to get over it.
Do the women recognise you? Mostly from the TV work I’ve done in the States. Last time, a convicted murderer sang for me because she knew I was a judge on America’s Got Talent and wanted to know how I rated her voice! It was surreal and uncomfortable, but made for compelling TV. Some of them know me from CNN and we have random conversations about gun control, and the next minute we’re talking about them shooting their husbands! Have you ever thought of making a British version of the show? They won’t let you interview killers in Britain. In America, you can get everything – interview tapes, crime scene photos and there are cameras in courts – so you can almost be like a detective and piece it all together.
Should we have that in Britain? We’re getting cameras in courts soon and I’m not sure it’s a good idea. What it tends to do is turn criminals into TV stars and they all want to be celebrities. These people aren’t celebrities; they’re killers.
in 2015 a Florida courtroom heard how Rebecca Fenton ruthlessly gunned down her husband in their home, before ransacking the house to make the crime look like a burglary gone wrong. It had taken police six years to find enough evidence to charge Fenton and in this eerily captivating interview with Piers Morgan, she maintains her innocence from her prison cell. As Piers recounts the case, an avalanche of evidence against Fenton accumulates and he struggles to find anyone who agrees with her – even her own mother. Yet he can’t quite penetrate Fenton’s steely bravado and struggles in his bid to uncover the truth of what really happened on that fateful day.
Facing evil: Piers meets femaile killers
Heinous crimes: Convicted killers Sheila davalloo, Ashley Humphrey and Amber Wright
Piers meets Rebecca Fenton at Lowell Correctional Institution, Florida