KILLERS I N THE HOT SEAT

The Sunday Telegraph (Sydney) - TV Guide - - Front Page -

THERE’S so much con­tent on our tele­vi­sion screens, in books and pod­casts about se­rial killers, it’s dif­fi­cult to find a new way to present the same sto­ries again and again. But this UK se­ries has done just that. Us­ing cut­ting edge lip-synch tech­nol­ogy, the pro­duc­ers have used the real-life confession tapes of se­rial killers such as Gary Ridg­way, Aileen Wuornos and Ted Bundy to make it feel like you are in the po­lice in­ter­ro­ga­tion room with them. The recre­ations are done by tal­ented ac­tors, but the voices you hear are chill­ingly real. UK crim­i­nol­o­gist Pro­fes­sor David Wil­son presents the se­ries which com­bines in­sights from foren­sic psy­chol­o­gist Pro­fes­sor Michael Brookes (pic­tured on left with Wil­son) and other ex­perts to form a com­plete story of a dif­fer­ent se­rial killer each week. The first cab off the rank is Ridg­way, one of Amer­ica’s most pro­lific killers who was ar­rested for the murder of 45 women but is be­lieved to have killed close to 100. The unas­sum­ing father from Wash­ing­ton state was ar­rested in 2001 af­ter his DNA was found on the body of a dead wo­man. Within hours in the in­ter­ro­ga­tion room he of­fered up the de­tails of many more women he had stran­gled to death and buried in shal­low graves along the banks of the state’s wa­ter­ways, gain­ing him the moniker of the Green River Killer.

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