“Anyone can write to a prisoner on death row...”
From the makers of the hit true-crime documentary series ‘I Am a Killer’ comes a gripping, immersive, and personal journey into the minds of murderers. Hosted by documentary makers Zoe Hines and Ned Parker, ‘Letters From A Killer’ reveals the intimate letters they’ve received from convicted murderers facing life in prison or the death penalty.
Each episode, we explore the thoughts of men and women who kill through their own words, as Zoe and Ned delve into their motives, their crimes, and the stories the letters really tell.
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“I have asked Jesus Christ to forgive me these cowardly acts that I did back then and to give me a clean slate, and he has.”
In 2004, Richard Tabler murdered his boss and an associate in an execution-style shooting. While in prison, he read the Bible daily, quoted from scripture, and wrote a regular Christian brochure. Is finding religion a sign of rehabilitation, or is it simply the final throw of the dice for people found guilty of the most heinous crimes? In the final episode of this series, documentary makers Ned Parker and Zoe Hines discuss Richard Tabler’s Letters From A Killer.
Ice Cream Killer
"He stopped for me to buy some ice cream. I told him I wanted to borrow his truck (and him) for a bit of a ride. I guess he thought I was playing. He soon changed his tune when I pulled out the revolver.”
In 1978, John Quinones stole an ice cream truck with the owner still inside. He picked up his friends, and then proceeded to sexually assault the owner, before driving him to a clearing and executing him. He claims that the situation just spiralled out of control. Zoe Hines and Ned Parker investigate his Letters From A Killer.
Death Row Reform
“I’m a lot more mature, and really glad I came to Death Row. I truly believe that Death Row saved my life, as crazy as that sounds.”
In 2004, Christopher Young stole a car at gunpoint, before driving to a convenience store and murdering the owner. While on death row, he reached out to youngsters, wrote books, and tried to turn his life around. Should these factors be considered in mitigating the crimes of a prisoner sentenced to die or are some people beyond rehabilitation? Documentary makers Ned Parker and Zoe Hines read his Letters From A Killer.
When I got into trouble, I got beat. I’d have to stand naked and put my hands on the wall and count each hit. If I missed a count, he’d start over.”
In 2008, after taking mushrooms, Douglas Blaine Matthews drove 500 miles to meet a friend. He ended up in a crack house where a ‘high-octane’ fight broke out that resulted in multiple murders. Zoe Hines and Ned Parker investigate the traumatic childhood and drug dependency that may have led to this episode’s Letters From A Killer.
Whatever Makes You Happy
“After 18 years of solitary confinement with death breathing down my neck, some things don’t matter as much as they used to. I’ll still be strapped to that gurney and have my body pumped full of poison.”
In 1998, Christina Muse was assaulted with a stun gun, beaten, locked in a cupboard, and drowned. Her body was found stuffed in a barrel in a ditch four months later. Troy Clark was sent to death row for the murder, but has always denied it. Is there any merit to his claims? Zoe Hines and Ned Parker investigate his Letters From A Killer.
“The great criminal mind I was (a bit of a joke, there) I decided that I would hide myself in the trunk, hoping to avoid detection.”
In 1994, Elton Williams robbed a man at gunpoint who fled and called the cops. Williams hid in the trunk of a car with his rifle, while his colleague tried to prevent his discovery. But when police opened the trunk, Williams opened fire. True Crime documentary makers, Zoe Hines and Ned Parker, investigate his Letters From A Killer.
A psychological approach
Ive read several reviews that feel like this podcast paints these criminals as victims. I actually do not feel like that’s the case. In several of these stories, it’s made very clear that they are doing research on what goes on in the minds of murderers.
I personally enjoy their approach. My only suggestion is to use different voice actors for the letters.
Completely enjoyed this podcast and looked forward to each episode. I hope there is a season 2.
Politics Yet Again
Lefty politics and “hot takes” abound in yet another podcast. Over it.