What made these ladies lethal?

Piers Mor­gan on meet­ing fe­male mur­der­ers for a new se­ries of his hard-hit­ting doc­u­men­tary show

TV Times - - Interview - Sean Mar­land

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

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