As anyone who has been following this blog knows, when Neal Falls was shot down in the home of Heather Saul on July 18, 2015 his death opened up an important clue in the unsolved murders of women across the country, but ultimately led to a multitude of new questions. We still aren’t certain how many people Falls may have killed prior to his death, nor have we been able to definitively connect him to any crimes, aside from the attack of Heather Saul.
In Episode 5 of The Killing Season producers Josh Zeman and Rachel Mills explore how Falls was able to wedge his way into the Gilgo Beach story. Ultimately they determine that Falls was most likely not behind the killings of multiple women in the Long Island-area, but what they are able to uncover is how a man like Neal Falls was able to zig zag across the country practically undetected for years prior to that fateful summer day in West Virginia.
Their Neal Falls segment of the program focuses on Heather Saul and how she was able to dispatch the man who tried to take her life. It also goes into her struggle with addiction and what led her to the path of prostitution. In addition to the candid interview with Heather, Zeman and Mills were also able to provide clips from the surveillance footage taken from the police station on the day Heather had shot Falls with his own gun.
She is clearly in a state of shock and utter horror that someone else’s blood was on her hands, but also knew that it was a kill or be killed situation. Like Arya Stark in Game of Thrones when the God of Death looked her in the face, she turned and said “Not today.” Heather was released without any charges.
In addition to Heather’s interview, Mills and Zeman also spoke with Lt. Steve Cooper of the Charleston Police Department. Cooper allowed them to film the various evidence found within Falls’ vehicle which led him to suspect that Falls had been a seasoned pro. According to Heather, Cooper had told her that it was possible that Falls had been killing for up to a decade prior to finding himself at Heather’s doorstep.
Other people interviewed in the series say that Heather has kept a relatively low profile since the incident because she doesn’t want to be the face of “all this.” But many have applauded Heather’s quick thinking and have lauded her as a hero to many other women who may have fallen victim to Falls.
Immediately after the episode aired, I knew that the show had revived the story of Neal Falls and the interest in this case. We have since welcomed dozens of new members to my Neal Falls Investigation group on Facebook, some claiming they had encountered Falls during his time in West Virginia and were thankful that they were able to escape. Yet people are still left to wonder what Falls would have gone on to do if he had not been killed that summer’s day and what he may have already done.
I am still committed to finding out the answers to these questions and many more. My hope is that with the renewed interest in this case that these answers will slowly begin to trickle in and we will inch a little closer to putting together the pieces to the puzzle that was Neal Falls.
I’d also like to take the time to make a special announcement. I will be appearing as a guest on Websleuth’s Radio to discuss Episode 5/6 of The Killing Season, as well as Neal Falls on Tuesday night (11/29/16) at 8pm EST. Be sure to tune in to find out the latest on Falls and where my investigation has taken me.