We just learned of the release date for two-night series on Oxygen dealing with the Colonial Parkway Murders starting Thursday, February 11.
To be clear, my daughter and I have not been involved with this production at all, but we fully support any effort to get the story of the Colonial Parkway Murders out there and hopefully generate new tips or actionable leads for investigators. We remain in contact with some of the family members and endorse anything that can help the survivors get some closure.
Victoria and I wrote the definitive book on these crimes several years ago, A Special Kind of Evil. We have had people criticize us for writing true crime books, claiming that it is all about making money. In reality, given the two years we spent doing the research and conducting interviews – it was NEVER about the money. You get emotionally attached to cases and the victim’s families.
With cold cases, you are putting yourself out there, knowing full well that the killer is still on the loose. There were many times when we have gone to libraries and spoken when we have scanned the crowd wondering if the killer is sitting right in front of us. That is one of the reasons we have taken photos at the larger gatherings.
I have received death threats because of the books we write, so we take this seriously. It is chilling to think that the killer may have picked up your book to try and glean what law enforcement knows about the case. With one book we wrote, a suspect that we outed actually showed up to one of our book signings. I take a certain amount of pride knowing that I piss off serial killers or other murderers. The risks are real. So, if you think this is about profit, you are wrong. Our level of commitment to resolving cases like the Colonial Parkway Murders or the Freeway Phantom crimes is very real and honest.
When you write about true crime cold cases, you immediately become a focal point for some people to contact you with their tips and leads. Individuals are sometimes more comfortable calling or contacting an author rather than law enforcement with their ideas as to who may be behind these crimes. Messages come in via email or over the phone, at all hours of the day or night. We pass on any and all tips to the authorities to take action on. Victoria and I don’t have any illusions that we will solve this case, that will be done by the authorities.
Going over my notes, I see that our efforts in writing A Special Kind of Evil has thus far generated over 20 tips for authorities. Who knows, maybe one of these will eventually bring about some resolution to these heinous crimes? We have had people give us tips about former school teachers, police officers, family members, store owners…you name it. Many have come in regarding one or two suspects in particular…which is no real surprise.
So we will be watching for this series to be released in anticipation that it may finally bring these cases to closure…and we encourage you to do the same.
Addendum: Because of a request we received after this posting – here are links to the book if you want to get up to speed prior to or after the TV show: