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Killing Fields

By Melissa Camacho, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 14+

Reopened gritty murder case is rough but respectful.

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This intense series offers an inside look at how difficult it can be to solve a murder in one of America's "killing fields," geographic locations where natural elements erase any evidence left behind. It also demonstrates how it's possible to reopen and reinvestigate cold cases with the help of modern techniques and good old-fashioned detective work. It's a little slow-going, but there is some drama to help it along, thanks to a few contrived conversations between the detectives, eerie music, and Sanchez's personal musings about the ways detective work has affected his life.

The explicit descriptions of Boisfontaine's postmortem body and the potential ways she died aren't easy to listen to. However, despite all the grittiness, the overall series is respectful, and the way the narrative is presented is both thoughtful and well produced. It offers viewers some insight into the personal and professional challenges that come with this line of work and is an appealing choice for crime-show buffs.

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