Crime Scene: The Texas Killing Fields Review 2022 Tv Show Series Cast Crew Online
Jim Miller is the father of Laura Miller, one of the women whose remains were found in the field. To this day, he’s determined to help people find missing women, whose cases aren’t being helped by the police. One of the hallmarks of the cases if Laura and Heidie Fye, whose bodies were both found in the field (a third remained a Jane Doe) was that the police told their loved ones that both women were runaways, which delayed the discovery of their bodies by months or even years. Miller thinks that the inaction on the part of law enforcement allowed critical evidence to be taken away by the elements.
The episode then goes into the case of Ellen Beason, who went missing in 1984. A man named Clyde Hedrick was arrested after her body was found; he claimed she drowned and he dumped the body in a field not far from Calder Road. But with the level of decomposition, there wasn’t much physical evidence to tie him to the remains, so he was convicted of the charge of abusing a corpse, which only carried a one year prison sentence. Could the Beason case be related to the Calder Road cases?
One of the fascinating aspects to Crime Scene: The Texas Killing Fields is that it’s in no hurry to explain the resolution to the mystery of why these bodies showed up in the Calder Road field, with three of them being found within months of each other. In fact, two of them — the Jane Doe and Laura Miller — were found the same day. Given the rural area, the idea that all these bodies would be dumped here in such short order created national attention. But the concentration of the docuseries, at least the first episode, are the conditions that make the field a place where these bodies could be dumped.
An isolated field in a rural area. Weather conditions, like storms, humidity and heat, that accelerate decomposition and destroy physical evidence. They’re all factors in why killers utilize fields like that one and the area where a group of women’s bodies were found in the 1970s. Dimmock isn’t saying that they’re all tied to the same killer by the end of the first episode, but she’s also not saying that they’re not.
It’s a somewhat novel approach, even as the rest of the episode plays out like a pretty standard Netflix true crime series. It’s refreshingly devoid of reenactments, though, relying more on scenes of people like Ted Miller looking at the markings they left where they’re loved ones were found, and archival news footage. It’s always welcome when there are little to no reenactments on a show like this.