Exclusive: 'The Killing Season' Examines the Horrifying Failure of Law Enforcement to Solve Murders

A&E Network’s shocking new docu-series “The Killing Season" follows the investigation of the unsolved serial killer case that resulted in the deaths of 10 sex workers. From Oscar-winning filmmaker Alex Gibney ("Going Clear: Scientology" and the "Prison of Belief") “The Killing Season" reveals what the police did not when investigating the Gilgo Beach, Long Island case.


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"This director is becoming the most important documentarian of our time," Esquire said of Gibney in 2010 when his film "Casino Jack" premiered. The same year, Suffolk County police officer John Mallia began searching for Shannan Gilbert, a 24-year-old prostitute on the South Shore of Long Island. Gilbert had been missing for several months after visiting an Oak Beach client.

"Mallia and Blue came across something that sparked horror and outrage nationwide: the skeletal remains of a woman stuffed into a worn burlap sack," LongIsland.com reported.

Stories like this slowly evolved into "The Killing Season," Gibney's most ambitious project yet. In the film, cyber-sleuths Joshua Zeman and Rachel Mills prove how everyday citizens can uncover clues and build connections linking seemingly unrelated murders from Atlantic City to Daytona Beach.

Watch: "The Killing Season": Exclusive Clip

"Basically, the police found four sex workers in Long Island, and then they found six more dead sex workers, all on the same stretch of road, and when you have that many bodies, you think that the case is gonna get solved, and then year one goes by, no suspect, year two goes by, no suspect. You know, there was a similar case in the UK in 2006," director Joshua Zeman pointed out.

"The Killing Season" premieres Saturday, November 12 at 9pm EST on A&E.

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