Lifetime Movie Network’s latest offering, The Capture of the Green River Killer, is a miniseries (a first for the network) covering the 20 year search for one of the country’s most prolific serial killers.
Tom Cavanaugh, from “Ed”, plays Dave Reichert, a Washington State detective who becomes obsessed with finding the gruesome murderer. The interesting thing about the miniseries is that it’s told through the eyes of Amy Davidson’s character, Helen Remus. Helen is a runaway who turns to prostitution in an effort to get away from her mother’s abusive boyfriend. By the end of Part 1, she’s had a run-in with the GRK without even knowing it. By part 2 (airing Monday), Helen has disappeared and Reichert is on her trail. He consults with Spike from Buffy (James Marsters, playing convicted serial killer Ted Bundy) and finally finds the man he’s been hunting for over the course of 20 years. The miniseries is based on the book Chasing the Devil: My Twenty-Year Quest to Capture the Green River Killer by David Reichert (now a US Congressman).
This is a very strong movie. Tom Cavanaugh and Amy Davidson are just two of some really strong performances as they make you feel and understand every pain they’re feeling, every frustration they’re feeling. It’s really intriguing. While the story matter isn’t the most uplifting, and too many deaths along the way don’t lead to much of a happy ending, the miniseries is a very solid one and it’s worth checking out.