Texas Killing Fields Murders: New Doc Explores the Years of Horror and Lasting Trauma
Added 11-28-22 04:49:02am EST - “"Crime Scene: The Texas Killing Fields" recounts the unsolved murders of women whose bodies were found on the same stretch of land?"and the misery that lingers for their loved ones.” - Thedailybeast.com
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“Crime Scene: The Texas Killing Fields” recounts the unsolved murders of women whose bodies were found on the same stretch of land—and the misery that lingers for their loved ones.
The glut of modern true-crime works is, at heart, a depressing reflection of a world awash in cruelty and injustice. Unsurprisingly, then, Crime Scene: The Texas Killing Fields is a portrait of both a string of baffling homicide cases and the unending misery they caused for victims’ families and loved ones, who never gave up searching for the truth.
The latest in executive producer Joe Berlinger and Imagine’s Ron Howard and Brian Grazer’s Netflix series (following last year’s Crime Scene: The Times Square Killer), director Jessica Dimmock’s three-part inquiry is distinguished by its heartbreaking portrayal of those left to pick up the pieces in the wake of tragedy, all of which occurred along a stretch of highway heading south from Houston.
“If you want to commit a crime, do it here, because they sure can't solve it,” laments Tim Miller about League City, Texas, and the I-45 corridor that runs through it. Eleven girls went missing and/or were killed there between 1971 and 1977. Sadly, those unsolved stories are merely the context for Tim’s own ordeal, which began on Sept. 10, 1984, when his 16-year-old daughter Laura never returned from making a call at a public payphone.
Despite Tim’s desperate attempts to find her, and to compel cops to do something, his efforts went for naught. Police dismissed Laura as merely a runaway and told Tim to wait for her to get in touch. Tim—who was new to the neighborhood—did nothing of the sort, and he soon learned about a similar missing girl who’d vanished around the same payphone: 25-year-old Heidi Fye, whose remains were found in April of 1984 by a dog that emerged from the woods with a human skull in its mouth.
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