REVIEW: Voice of a Serial Killer S1 E2 unveils chilling case of remorseless teenage killers
In 2016, teenagers Kim Edwards and Lucas Markham became Britain’s youngest double murderers. Then aged just 14 years old, the lovesick couple planned and carried out the brutal murders of Kim’s mother Liz and sister Katie. After the murder, the pair ate tea cakes and watched Twilight together – in one of the country’s most shocking criminal cases.
The unique case of Edwards and Markham is the perfect fodder for CBS Reality’s Voice of a Serial Killer, the revolutionary new documentary series that analyses chilling audio evidence from the killers themselves.
It’s unfathomable enough that children could plan such a horrific crime and succeed in acting upon their plans without hearing their chilling confessions. Listening to the childish and remorseless audio, with the analysis of experts Professor David Wilson and Professor Michael Brookes, adds a new and morbidly fascinating insight into what could easily be another criminal documentary. It’s one thing to see the facts of a crime presented on screen, but quite another to hear the emotionless and direct voices of the perpetrators.
Creating a documentary around this framework makes for an interesting difference of opinion amongst the experts. In an engaging hour of television, there’s a lot of discussion over which of the young folie à deux is in control. Was it Edwards, who directed her boyfriend to kill her mother and sister? Or was it Markham, who carried out the gruesome acts? There’s food for thought as we watch two contrasting explanations play out, guided by audio.
Voice of a Serial Killer does something unique and chilling – providing a new take on some of the country’s most atrocious crimes. It’s so easy to watch a murder documentary and feel far removed from the shocking actions of the perpetrators. Hearing the voices of those who committed these crimes almost humanises them to the audience. Like many examples of good television, it’s unsettling. It’s definitely worth a watch.