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Killing Fields

Killing Fields

Photo Credit:  Discovery Channel
  • Premiered: 
    January 5, 2016
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  • Network: Discovery
  • Category: Series
  • Genre: Reality
  • Type: Live Action
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  • Subject Matter: Crime
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Plot Synopsis

Shot in real time, KILLING FIELDS is a one-hour true-crime reality series that takes viewers inside an active criminal investigation as it unfolds, following a detective who came out of retirement to hunt for a killer. This series goes inside a case that went cold nearly two decades earlier in the small community of Iberville Parish, Louisiana, located just 15 miles from the state capitol, Baton Rouge. In June 1997, Louisiana State University graduate student Eugenie Boisfontaine was last seen near LSU's lakes. Two months later, her body was found nearby in a watery ditch with evidence of blunt force trauma to her head. Between 1997 and 2003, there were 60 cases of missing and murdered women in the area that went unsolved. And to make it even more complicated, the Baton Rouge area had multiple serial killers operating at the same time with two of the their victims living on the same street as Eugenie. Detective Rodie Sanchez was assigned to the case in 1997 and hasn't stopped thinking about it since. He makes the bold decision to come out of retirement and gets permission to re-open the case. Rodie is determined to solve the mystery and make good on a broken promise to Eugenie's mother: to find the person (or persons) responsible for killing her daughter. Joining Rodie in the chase is a young hot-shot detective, Aubrey St. Angelo, who has a knack for reading people and isn't afraid to ask the tough questions. However, the two can't solve this case alone -- they are joined by top-notch detectives at the Iberville Parish Sheriff's office. With advancements in forensic science and DNA analysis, a lot has changed since 1997. But will this be enough to crack the case for good? And will Rodie be able to finally rest and move beyond the case that has forever haunted him? The series is executive produced by Tom Fontana (ST. ELSEWHERE, HOMICIDE: LIFE ON THE STREET, OZ and THE PHILANTHROPIST) and Academy Award-winning film director Barry Levinson (RAIN MAN, DINER, BUGSY, WAG THE DOG, and GOOD MORNING, VIETNAM). Season 2 of KILLING FIELDS premiered on Tuesday, January 3, 2017 on the Discovery Channel, as the series heads back to the bayou. In the season opener, "The Hunt Continues," the Iberville Parish Sheriff's Office continues to investigate the homicide case of Eugenie Boisfontaine. Now, detectives continue to comb through evidence to search for clues of a motive. Beginning with the season's second episode, "The Body in the Barrel," the detectives track down killers in other cases. In this episode, in addition to the unsolved killing of Eugenie Boisfontaine, Rodie has a second cold case he's preparing to investigate. The subject of that investigation is Curtis "Cochise" Smith, a young black man from Iberville Parish who went missing in 1991.
On Tuesday, February 21, 2017 at 10pm ET/PT, Discovery premiered the Season 2 finale of KILLING FIELDS. In the season ender, "The Last Stand," Tommy Francise is in custody and has been charged with two counts of second-degree murder for the homicides of Curtis 'Cochise' Smith and George Barrett.

Production & Distribution

  • Produced by Sirens Media


  • - Iberville Parish, Louisiana USA

Firsts, Lasts & Notable Notes

  • January 5, 2016: First true-crime series for Discovery.