‘Killing Fields’ Season 3 Episode 2 Recap: “Second Suspect”
This week’s episode of Killing Fields opened on Randy Patrick watching the interview of Robert Dezern, Carrie Fisher’s late boyfriend. Robert made 30 phone calls to Carrie Singer the night she disappeared. However, he also made a 9-minute call to Wade Welch. Wade was a close friend and sometimes employer of Robert. Wade stated in 2004 that he wasn’t friends with Robert and didn’t remember a phone call. Police documents state otherwise.
Randy and Kris Coughlin decided to talk to Carrie and Robert’s neighbors 28 miles away in Hampton, Virginia. Two different neighbors agreed that they knew Wade was a close friend of the couples and not a casual acquaintance. The Mcsweeney’s were able to tell the detectives that Wade was seen in near hysterics running down the road saying my friend’s girlfriend is dead.
They also pointed to the abandon house and truck that Wade owned at the time and where Carrie, Robert, and Wade were partying at the night before. The Mcsweeney’s also said Wade, not Robert, was the one last seen with Carrie the night she was murdered.
Unfortunately for the detectives, there isn’t enough DNA evidence for a warrant. They decide to lure Wade onto a public street to swab his vehicles door handle for his DNA. Wade, however, is hard to find. He owns many properties and vehicles. He is finally tracked going into a lumber yard. Coughlin is successful in getting the DNA. Lt. Potter delivers the bad news the DNA is too small and tainted by other people’s DNA.
This time detective Coughlin is honest and just asks him nicely for an interview at Wade’s own convenience. They agree to meet at the Newport News, Virginia police station. While Wade is being interviewed, detectives sterilize the trucks door handle so they can get a decent DNA sample later.
During the interview, Wade tries to lead Coughlin and Potter to believe he wasn’t close to Dezern. He does, however, admit to the phone call he initially forgot in 2004. He said by Dezern’s voice that he knew something was wrong. He thought Robert killed her accidentally and urged him to call the police.
He also stated that he was innocent of killing Carrie. However, he would only give a DNA sample if a warrant was issued. Little did he know that a little later that day detectives would obtain his DNA off his vehicle’s door handle.
The lab runs both Robert Dezern’s and Wade Welch’s DNA against the two unknown perpetrators’ DNA that murdered Carrie Singer. Neither is a match and they declare both men innocent of her murder. The Isle of Wight detectives will start over fresh next week on Killing Fields looking for more evidence and new leads in the case. Patrick is refusing to give up on the case. It is suspected Carrie may have been killed with a roofing hammer.
Killing Fields airs Thursday at 9/8 c on The Discovery Channel
Jamie Nixon covers Entertainment for MFST.