Murder in the Bayou: Season 1 (2019)


Season 1
Murder in the Bayou

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Air date: Sep 13, 2019

Between 2005 and 2007, the bodies of four young women are found around the town of Jennings, La., deep in the heart of Cajun country. All four are from the poorer south side of town. An arrest for one of the murders is made, but the suspects are released a short time later without explanation.

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Air date: Sep 20, 2019

The body count in Jennings continues to grow, with four more victims discovered over the next year. Police state that the women lived "high-risk lifestyles," and all were known by the original suspect. Local coverage attracts national attention, and investigative journalist Ethan Brown becomes intrigued.

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Air date: Sep 27, 2019

Investigative reporter Ethan Brown spends a significant amout of time in Jennings, and it becomes clear to him that this is not the work of a serial killer at all. Ethan examines law enforcement's investigation into the homicides and comes across a number of alarming details. Numerous members of the law enforcement community have ties to the victims and the initial suspect, Frankie Richard.

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Air date: Oct 4, 2019

Reporter Ethan Brown discovers that several murder victims were known to be police informants as well as drug users, which put them in a precarious place.

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Air date: Oct 11, 2019

Ethan Brown looks into the unsolved murders by Jeff Davis and discovers that it might have involved sex and drug trade activity.

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Critic Reviews for Murder in the Bayou Season 1

All Critics (4) | Top Critics (3)

Murder in the Bayou might be set up for guilty pleasure viewing except for the effort it puts into establishing the context of the community and the crimes and the empathy behind the camera.

Sep 13, 2019 | Full Review…

Has strong echoes of the Southern Gothic genre in filmed drama... That's partly about the visual language (the series looks amazing), but chiefly it's because of the enormous gap between the wealthy and the dirt poor.

Sep 20, 2019 | Full Review…

Director Matthew Galkin and journalist Ethan Brown compile riveting interviews with those around the murders to paint an ever more disturbing picture.

Sep 18, 2019 | Full Review…

SKIP IT. There are better true-crime docuseries out there.

Sep 13, 2019 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for Murder in the Bayou: Season 1

  • Jan 12, 2021
    This doc very thoroughly looks at how drugs, inequality, and unaccountable cops intersect with the murder of eight young women in a small city in Louisiana. If you are hoping for resolution about the murders it explores, you wont find it. There is a lot of detective work and theories, but in the end I just started to find all the theories frustrating, because that is all they are: theories without much evidence. Many of the people interviewed have drug and legal problems so it's hard to know who and what is reliable. If you want a thorough look at the politics and culture of a small southern town in the U.S., you'll be happy; if you want a solved murder, you wont be.
  • Aug 16, 2020
    Must watch. The magnitude of the series is underrated. This documentary series goes over the murder of 8 females and 1 male. It highlights- corruption, inequality, law enforcement, pedophile, murder, addiction, family, women's rights, trauma and much more. Guillory should not still be in law enforcement.
  • Jun 05, 2020
    This was an absolute challenge to watch. Slow, boring, Mundane. It took me over a week and I had to replay episodes because I kept falling asleep. The viewer has no connection with the women that were murdered. They didn't tell anyone's story here. Skip it!!
  • Feb 05, 2020
    amazing. really well done and beautifully shot.
  • Oct 17, 2019
    Truly one of the best documentaries I have seen in years. Filmmakers do an amazing job at focusing on the families and lives of the victims while explaining the many different theories as to how such a sad situation is possible in this country. A devastating must watch.
  • Sep 27, 2019
    Yet again, if you want to have justice you've got to have the money buy. Excellent documentary and truly moving.
  • Sep 20, 2019
    Well done, tragic case.

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