Netflix’s New True Crime Series Unveils A Murder-Filled Part Of The United States

The new Netflix series Crime Scene: The Texas Killing Fields will investigate a Texas interstate area notorious for murders.

By Matthew Creith | Published

Netflix is often the streamer of choice for true crime documentaries and murderous television series, most recently the home of Ryan Murphy’s The Watcher and Dahmer – Monster: The Jeffrey Dahmer Story. Adding to that plate is the trailer for the subscription streaming platform’s upcoming docuseries, Crime Scene: The Texas Killing Fields, which dropped on Netflix’s official YouTube channel this week. Viewed over 36,000 times since being uploaded to YouTube, the docuseries will seek to expose a murder-filled part of the United States, deep in the heart of Texas.

Crime Scene: The Texas Killing Fields will debut on Netflix this month and is the third part of the streamer’s popular Crime Scene documentaries seeking to examine various murder cases around the United States. This time, the interstate between Houston and Galveston, Texas is explored as the area gained a reputation over a 35-year period as a location where a high number of dead bodies were found. Deemed to be “The Texas Killing Fields,” 30 bodies have been discovered between 1971 and 2006, many of which were young women.

According to IndieWire, Crime Scene: The Texas Killing Fields will highlight many of the murder cases and call attention to the fact that a majority of them have remained unsolved. The trailer points to some evidence that one individual could have possibly committed these crimes, but there might be a larger conspiracy at play that will also be examined in the docuseries.

Specifically, Crime Scene: The Texas Killing Fields will focus on four murders committed between 1983 and 1991, Heide Villarreal-Fye, Laura Miller, Audrey Cook, and Donna Prudhomme, all of whom were discovered in a specific stretch of road in the area.

Directed by Emmy Award winner Jessica Dimmock and executive produced by Joe Berlinger, Crime Scene: The Texas Killing Fields joins several other similar documentaries on Netflix that reflects true crime within the United States. Crime Scene became popular with the rollout of two other well-known cases on the streamer, The Vanishing at the Cecil Hotel and The Times Square Killer.

The first docuseries focused largely on the 2013 death of Elisa Lam in Los Angeles, as her body was found under mysterious circumstances in the seedy hotel, while the latter dealt with East Coast rapist and serial killer Richard Cottingham.

While most of the content on Netflix contains original programming from a variety of television shows and movies, the streamer is a true crime destination for many viewers who will most likely be interested in learning about The Texas Killing Fields. Ryan Murphy scored big points with the second season renewal news for The Watcher starring Bobby Cannavale and Naomi Watts, based on true events surrounding the purchase of an East Coast home and a possible stalker watching the house’s new residents.

The Glee creator will also soon be unveiling two additional true crime stories to add to his growing Monster franchise as part of his overall deal with Netflix, since his work on Dahmer – Monster: The Jeffrey Dahmer Story about 1990s-era cannibalistic serial killer Jeffrey Dahmer broke records for the streamer this year.