With its brand new series, Killing Fields, Discovery Channel looks to make a splash in ever fascinating world of true crime that has made hits out of Serial, The Jinx, and Netflix’s Making a Murderer.
Set in the heart of Louisiana, Killing Fields reopens a 19-year-old unsolved murder of Louisiana State University graduate student, Eugenie Boisfontain, who was last alive seen in June of 1997. Two months later, her body was found in a ditch.
What led to her untimely death? Was her murder connected to a string of deaths in the Baton Rouge area? These questions have plagued Detective Rodie Sanchez, who was first assigned the case in 1997. He comes out of retirement to take a fresh look at the investigation. And this time he’s joined by a young, new detective, Aubrey St. Angelo, who hopes to help Sanchez make good on a broken promise to Boisfontain’s mother to find the person responsible for her daughter’s death.
In ETonline’s exclusive look at the premiere, the show sets the scene for the true-crime docu-series. Iberville Parish is a swampy community just 15 miles outside of Baton Rouge. While it may look beautiful from the outside, Sanchez describes it as “a dump zone for all murders.” It’s a world that recalls the setting of True Detective season one, but be assured, this case is very real.
Over the course of six episodes, Killing Fields plans to take advantage of modern forensic science and the fresh mind of a new detective, but will it be enough to solve the murder? Unlike the other shows, this is an ending that’s still coming together. So audiences will have to wait to find out what happens next.
Killing Fields premieres Tuesday, Jan. 5 at 10 p.m.