‘Killing Fields’ Season 3 Premiere Recap: “A Body in the Field”
Discovery Channel kicked off 2018 with its third season of Killing Fields last night. The true crime series airs every Thursday at 9:00 PM EST. This season opens with a swat team busting into a ramshackle farmhouse. From there, we are introduced to a new set of detectives. The first two seasons featured Rodie Sanchez and Aubrey St. Angelo in Louisiana. We get a whole new team and setting this time around.
This season of Killing Fields features Isle of Wight Virginia, where we are introduced to detective Randy Patrick. He gives us a little insight into murders in Virginia stating “Only one who sees what you’ve done is God”.
Lieutenant Thomas Potter introduces the team consisting of Randy, Susan, Burt and rookie Coughlin to a cold case. Randy was the original lead investigating detective. With new technology and fresh eyes, the case is reopened. The catalyst; an inmate 410 miles away in a maximum security prison writes to Potter explaining intimate details about the murder of Carrie Singer. Singer, originally from Jacksonville, Florida, moved to Virginia with her boyfriend Robert Denzen. She had few friends in Hampton, Virginia and only lived there for three months.
Carrie and Denzen fought the night before her abduction and murder. She was staying at a hotel and had been spotted at a 7-eleven withdrawing money at an ATM on Jefferson Avenue. On July 1, 2004, a farmer checking his crops for damages found the 28-year-old’s naked body. She had been eaten by scavenger animals. She died from eight to nine blows to the head. The detectives couldn’t determine if she had been sexually assaulted due to the condition of the body.
Her boyfriend was the prime suspect but passed a polygraph. Also, his DNA wasn’t a match so he was cleared of charges. Denzen has since passed away due to a fall. Detectives Patrick and Coughlin head to Wallen State Prison to talk to an inmate doing 30 years for a murder in Chesapeake. They intended to bribe him with food, but the inmate refuses to talk unless he gets something better in return.
We’ll have to see how the investigation continues to unfold next week on Killing Fields. Episode two is titled “Second Suspect”.
Killing Fields is co-executive produced by Emmy Award-winning producer Tom Fontana and Academy Award-winning film director Barry Levinson.
Jamie Nixon covers entertainment for MFST.