KILLERS I N THE HOT SEAT
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.