The Killing Fields, Discovery

Detective Aubrey St. Angelo tells us what to expect.

Brace yourself for the new true-crime series that'll keep you on your toes. Killing Fields (premiering on Sunday 20 March at 22:00 on Discovery Channel, 121) follows the true story of reopening a cold case and delving back into decade-old evidence - and hoping to put the mystery to bed.


We chat to new young detective on the case, Detective Aubrey St. Angelo, as he joins original Detective Rodie Sanchez to solve the 1997 murder case. 

Detective Aubrey St. Angelo chats to us about Killing Fields and what we can expect:


Is it true that there’s no such thing as the perfect crime?

I do believe that – and that’s obviously a personal belief. In my experience in 19 years, I do not believe that you can commit a perfect crime and obviously you’re breaking the rules as it is so you’re going to leave some type of evidence or some type of forensics to be analysed and, you know, crime doesn’t happen in a vacuum. I think you’ve heard me say that if you watch the show. It’s just not contained. It’s out there. And when you commit a crime in the US where I’m from, it’s open for anybody to see something or me to catch a little piece of evidence.


How was working with Detective Rodie Sanchez?

Working with Detective Sanchez I knew that he could be vital to the case in the aspect of almost being, so to speak, a narrator and giving us the information that he lived first hand.


What kind of skills would you say are needed to be a good detective?

I would definitely think that you would need to have a keen sense of observation; some social skills are very important in order to speak with people, relate to them, have compassion, show emotion. Don’t be afraid to show emotion. Some sense of - some sense of cockiness to not be intimidated or arrogant so you wouldn’t be intimidated by tough attorneys or tough witnesses or tough offenders. Those types of skills are definitely beneficial to being a good investigator.


What was your first impression of making Killing Fields? Have your thoughts changed since you first got into it?

I was reluctant to be a part of an entertainment series and I didn’t quite know what it would entail, what it would be about but I did not want to be part of it initially. If you give me an assignment, I’m going to give you 100% of my effort for that assignment and if it involved cameras being around, it just involved cameras being around.

As an investigator, as a public servant I learned that there’s just things that come about and you have to just disregard and continue on your path and inform your investigation and with the cameras being around just - I just let them be around and I continue that investigation.


Are you able to forget about work when you go home or is it something constantly on your mind?

You attempt to place it in the back of your mind and live a personal life but there are times when you have alone time outside of your loved ones or something that’s not occupying your attention. For example, you may wake up in the middle of the night for a glass of water or something and when you try to go back to bed and you lay there, those thoughts run through your mind and you replay this and you replay photos and you replay crime scenes in your mind. I think that’s what - and this is maybe a little bit off of your question – but I think that’s what actually sets a true investigator or detective apart from somebody who just holds a title.


Can you tell us a bit about the high tech methods which you use now?

It’s great to have these tools - different types of hi tech methods of investigations out there now. Whenever someone would be robbed, let’s just use example… Somebody gets robbed back in the 1980s, they would use a sketch artist if they weren’t able to obtain any fingerprints. Now, if you gather DNA, it can be put into a computer and short of coming up with a picture that a sketch artist would draw, a 3D image comes up with a picture of a person ranging between the age of 25 until the current date. It gives you both images. So that’s very interesting. It’s called Parabon Snapshot.

Fingerprinting has advanced as well. There’s new technology in gaining fingerprints. You can even gain fingerprints from bricks now – bricks, rocks, etc. We’ve got GPS triangulation on cell phones. Everybody is using social media – it’s all great advancements in technology.


Tune into the first episode of Killing Fields on Sunday 20 March at 22:00 on Discovery Channel (121).