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In association with Netflix, Crime + Investigation's brand new ten-part series I Am a Killer gives a fascinating and in-depth insight into the stories of prisoners on death row in America, awaiting their fate. In this podcast we hear from producers Tom Adams and Danny Tipping on what it was like to make this powerful true crime documentary series.


Watch I Am a Killer from Tuesday 29th May at 9pm.

I Am A Killer Crime+Investigation

    • True Crime
    • 4.0, 20 Ratings

In association with Netflix, Crime + Investigation's brand new ten-part series I Am a Killer gives a fascinating and in-depth insight into the stories of prisoners on death row in America, awaiting their fate. In this podcast we hear from producers Tom Adams and Danny Tipping on what it was like to make this powerful true crime documentary series.


Watch I Am a Killer from Tuesday 29th May at 9pm.

    More Than A Murderer: Joshua Nelson

    More Than A Murderer: Joshua Nelson

    Ep 10. In 1995, 18-year-old Joshua Nelson and 16-year-old co-defendant Keith Brennan were charged with the murder of their friend Tommy Owens in Cape Coral, Florida. Nelson told investigators that they had decided to kill Tommy so that that they could steal his car and escape from their troubled home lives. Although Joshua Nelson was sentenced to death in November 1996, Keith Brennan avoided a death sentence due to his age. Nelson remains on Death Row more than 20 years after his conviction and has now spent more than half of his life on Death Row.
     
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    • 9 min
    Hunted: Robert Shafer

    Hunted: Robert Shafer

    Ep 9. In 1990, 19-year-old Robert Shafer and 16-year-old David Steinmeyer handed themselves into police in St Charles, Missouri and confessed to the killings of two men; Dennis Young and Jerry Parker. Shafer and Steinmeyer claimed at first that they had hitched a ride with the victims who they claimed attacked them and that they killed in self-defence. However, two years later, in July 1992, Robert Shafer confessed to killing both
    men and requested the death penalty. Despite having requested the death penalty, just three weeks after arriving on death row, Shafer sought the help of an attorney to appeal his sentencing. Eventually in 2004 he succeeded in his appeal after it was ruled that he wasn’t mentally able to comprehend the consequences of representing himself in 1993. He is currently serving a life sentence. David Steinmeyer received a 12-and-a-half-year sentence for his part in the crime. 
     
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    • 14 min
    Intended Evil: Charles Thompson

    Intended Evil: Charles Thompson

    Ep 8. In 1998, Charles Thompson handed himself into police in Houston, Texas, for the shooting of his former girlfriend, Denise Hayslip, and her new partner Darren Cain. Both had allegedly been shot during a fight at Hayslip's home. Cain was shot dead at the scene while Denise Hayslip, who according to Thompson had been accidentally hit in the jaw with a bullet, was taken to hospital for treatment. Thompson was initially charged with one count of manslaughter and one count of aggravated assault with a deadly weapon. However, when Denise Hayslip died in hospital six days later Thompson's charges were upgraded to double murder - a capital charge for which he faced the prospect of a death sentence.
     
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    • 18 min
    A Matter Of Life And Death: Wayne Doty

    A Matter Of Life And Death: Wayne Doty

    Ep 7. In March 1997 Wayne Doty shot his colleague, Harvey Horne II, five times in the face over what Doty claimed was a dispute about drugs. Doty was given life in prison but 14 years later killed again. While in prison Doty tricked fellow inmate Xavier Rodriguez into being tied up before strangling him unconscious and then stabbing him 23 times. At his trial Doty represented himself encouraging the jury to sentence him to death, which they duly did. In October 2015, four years after his sentencing, Doty became the first Florida death row inmate to request the electric chair. Today, he remains on death row but only following a resentencing, which occurred during the filming of this documentary. 
     
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    • 16 min
    Family Affair: Deandra Buchanan

    Family Affair: Deandra Buchanan

    Ep 6. On November 7th 2000, Deandra Buchanan was arrested for killing Angela Brown, the mother of Buchanan’s two infant daughters, his step-father and his aunt. Buchanan claimed he had smoked a joint which had been laced with an unknown drug and that he had subsequently become convinced that everybody at the party were attempting to kill him. 


    He was sentenced to death on April 22, 2002, then resentenced to life in prison without parole on September 30, 2003. Buchanan is currently serving a life sentence, although he is actively trying to appeal his case with the hope of being given a reduced sentence.
     
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    • 12 min
    Declared Competent: David Lewis

    Declared Competent: David Lewis

    Ep 5. In 1986, while undertaking the burglary of a house, David Lewis was surprised by the return of the homeowner, 74-year-old Myrtle Ruby, fired a gun and shot her dead. US Federal law prohibits States from executing the mentally disabled, which is defined as somebody with an IQ score of below 70. David Lewis’ IQ score has been officially recorded at ‘between 71 and 85’ meaning he is classified as “borderline” mentally impaired. His defence argued alternative testing methods declared his IQ was lower than 70.
     
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Customer Reviews

4.0 out of 5
20 Ratings

20 Ratings

tiramisu4546807 ,

So interesting

Hooked on the series The case of Justin Dickens is so sad, well made series and no horrible distracting music I like the factual indents too, thank you Gents for talking us through the insider view of such an emotive series and subject.

kat69;) ,

Shame - painful to listen to.

Good interesting stories but poorly told by the hosts who spend more time stuttering and pausing for extended periods thinking of what to say than actually speaking coherently. The editor of this show needs to be sacked! There’s no flow 👎🏻

nichoid ,

Informative

I would watch an episode of this series on sky and the next day listen to the corresponding podcast episode. It was interesting to hear the behind the camera story, such a lot of work went into this series. I felt it was very natural (obviously the presenters are not professional tv/radio presenters) and I would much rather hear their story than a professional presenter giving a scripted account of the interviews.

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