REVIEW: Voice of a Serial Killer explores disturbing case of The Green River Killer in big season 2 finale
It’s been a truly gripping second season and Voice of a Serial Killer might just have saved the best for last, as tonight’s finale takes a look at one of the most prolific murderers in American history.
The CBS Reality series comes to a close this evening with the dark and disturbing case of Gary Ridgway. Later to become known as ‘The Green River Killer’, Gary was an ordinary, church-going man to those that knew him. Little did they know, however, that a monstrous killer lived among their midst, and this seemingly normal family man had been able to integrate murder into his everyday life for decades.
Gary Ridgway made it his mission to murder as many prostitutes as he could, even going as far as to commit his crimes while his young son waited in the back of his car. The killer would later dispose of the prostitutes’ bodies in the river, making him near impossible to trace by the police.
This episode of Voice of a Serial Killer examines exactly what did happen when Ridgway was finally caught, exploring the legendary techniques of King County Sheriff Dave Reichert who was able to extract even the most intimate details of the crimes from the killer by shifting play between good cop and bad cop.
Viewers can listen to the actual audio confession of this notorious murderer, while lip sync technology brings to life the extraordinary first encounter between these two men. And it is fascinating to gain access to such a historically significant interrogation, with Reichert adopting both the peace model and the accusatory Reid model to create a technique that proved to be a masterclass in how to question a serial killer about his dark craft.
As the episode progresses, Ridgway begins to uncover the most sinister and gruesome inner workings of his mind, unveiling intimate details of his past relationship with his mother and how that later came to impact on his criminal behaviour. A murderer may confess his or her crimes, but what truly lies behind their motives to kill is always the great mystery question, but this episode gets us closer than ever to finding that answer.
Make sure to catch the season 2 finale of Voice of a Serial Killer tonight (Wednesday, January 31) at 10pm on CBS Reality.