TV: ‘Killer Instinct’ a True Crime Series

CLOO premieres its first original true crime television series, Killer Instinct. Mark Safarik, famous for his expertise on crime behavior and have worked at the FBI’s Behavioral Analysis Unit for many years, is the host of the show. I watched the first episode ‘A Killer Among Us’ which will air this Saturday, September 17 at 9/8c. Safarik takes us step by step on how he tracked down the serial killer, Robert Yates. From the start, the show is compelling with quick cuts to real photos of crime scenes and the bodies of the victims– cropped in a way that was suggestive and disturbing even though they do not show the entire body.

Admittedly, I was immediately unsettled at the reality aspect of this show. I’ve had a fascination with serial killers and used to spend a portion of my downtime reading about them. It’s like my fascination for zombies– I just want to read and watch about what I feared the most. Serial killers are downright scary because in most cases they are just “normal” looking individuals who lived in proper neighborhoods and led proper lives. For example, Yates had a cookie-cutter family of his own. It always seemed to be the person everyone trusted in the community and least suspected. It is frightening that evil can camouflage themselves so easily.

(Plus, Dexter is one of my favorite television series too!)

Killer Instcint and its host, Safarik takes reality crime shows to a new level. Warning, the description below gets a little graphic.

Safarik takes the time to explain to the viewers in simpler terms on how he goes about profiling a killer. Basically it was a “Catching a Serial Killer 101” or “Catching a Killer for Dummies” lesson. I actually learned the difference between a killer’s M.O. and ritualize behavior. Ritualize behavior are the killer’s repeated actions that are not necessary in the success of killing the victim. That part of the killer’s process is usually driven by emotional and psychological agenda.

Killer Instinct chronicles Safarik’s full involvement and investigation that helped catch Yates– eventually pulling the evidence together to condemn Yates to the death sentence. Safarik is intelligent and was frank on his analysis of Yate’s terrible deeds. The most gruesome details of Yate’s ritual was he performed sexual actions on his victims right after he had already killed them.

From the start, they described how the victims, mostly prostitutes, were shot from the top of their heads. This led Safarik to realize that the killer was shooting them as they performed oral sex on him.

This show does not sensationalize the crime or mask it with frivolous drama in order for the viewers to feel comfortable while they watched the show unfold. Killer Instinct will make you feel uncomfortable and make you face the reality of these horrible crimes. Safarik is not the type to sugar coat the situation in order to entertain the viewer like other reality television would. ‘A Killerl Among Us’ almost felt like a warning. Trust me. I think I will be looking at harmless, family men a little differently for the next few days.

Safarik is a fascinating individual and I am looking forward to seeing him in action. Getting into the minds of a killer is no easy task and piecing all that evidence together requires a sharp and quick mind. People who are fans of crime shows are going to love this one. Future episodes includes Safarik sitting down and having a conversation with one of the murderers he helped catch. Creepy!

Check it out when it airs on CLOO this coming Saturday. Go to the show’s page to watch the trailers. Or watch it below.

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