With tattoos adorning his arms and hands, a finely trimmed gray beard, and crooked lower teeth, the tall and sturdy Sigler cuts an imposing figure even as he tears himself apart while discussing the abuse his mother suffered at the hands of his father and sexual assault. he endured and blames him for sending him down the dark path of drugs, theft and homelessness. This descent came to a head when he took Zeltner’s life, for which he now says, “I apologize with my soul and my heart.”Even though Sigler found himself on death row, I am a killer: published (aired earlier this summer in the UK as A killer without a cage) is not an inquiry into the morality or effectiveness of capital punishment. Rather, it is an open (and formally adventure-free) non-fiction inquiry into whether rehabilitation is possible and, furthermore, whether states should allow its most heinous offenders to have a second chance in society in general.When his sentence was reduced to life, Sigler was also given the option of seeking parole after 30 years. The series from producer / director Itamar Klasmer ends up catching up with Sigler – now an ordained minister who preaches the gospel at every turn, and is known in prison as the “Gentle Giant” – as he manages to be released and moves in. in the house of Carole Whitworth, aka “Mama Carole”. A 71-year-old single woman living in a mobile home in rural Texas with only her cats for companionship, Whitworth comes across as a lonely Christian, which in turn explains why she chose to enter into a correspondence relationship with Sigler. and, ultimately, to let him stay with her in his tiny residence.
It’s a strange arrangement, and one made stranger by the fact that prior to making this offer, Whitworth didn’t bother to ask Sigler the details of his breach. Despite the potential dangers of this situation – which naturally makes his grandson Shannon and his girlfriend uncomfortable – Whitworth enthusiastically greets Sigler when he emerges a free man and arrives at her house. Director Klasmer is here for these opening moments, which are accompanied by Sigler discussing the bizarre process of re-adjusting to a world that has changed dramatically since he last saw it, and his fear and excitement at the prospect of starting over are palpable. Not just wanting to paint a rosy picture of this development, Klasmer juxtaposes these early scenes with interviews with Zeltner’s two half-brothers, Forest and John, who remain bitterly angry at their brother’s death, as well as the Detective Tommy Lenoir and District Attorney Greg. Miller, who both discuss the brutal cruelty of Sigler’s actions.
The eventual revelation that Zeltner was gay and that everyone knew about it is key to understanding what Sigler did. In a state and at a time when being gay was far from safe, Zeltner’s sexual orientation made him an immediate target for hate crimes, although at least at trial it was not presented as a motivator for Sigler. Director Klasmer suspects otherwise, and a conversation with Sigler’s former friend Shawn Anttila – whose killer visited the house after the shooting – raises the notion that Sigler himself could have been living in the closet, thus helping to the reason he shot Zeltner. I am a killer: published, however, has a bigger bomb to drop: Sigler’s supposed “real” reason for committing homicide.
« “I’m a Killer: Freed”, however, has a bigger bomb to drop: Sigler’s supposed “real” reason for committing homicide.«
At the end of the second episode, Sigler confesses that he killed Zeltner, a close friend, because the man was trying to blackmail him into consuming a love affair; Fearing that Zeltner would spread an unfounded rumor about their romantic relationship for fear of indulging in sex, he killed him in cold blood. This is a transparent attempt by Sigler to blame a deceased man who cannot dispute the allegation and to present himself as the sympathetic victim of a gay predator. Sigler’s admission that he believes the Bible teaches that homosexuality is “an abomination to God” further suggests that homophobia played a key role in this tragedy. And as Miller rightly states, even if Sigler’s convenient and utterly dubious story is true, it is a pathetic – and frightening – justification for killing an acquaintance, and does little to make it seem less. a threat to society.
I am a killer: published has no definitive answer as to what prompted Sigler to kill, and his disinterest in digging deeper into his past – for example, about his strained family ties – leaves him somewhat troubled. Yet, raising the question of Sigler’s reliability, it also calls into question the possibility of redemption and salvation that Sigler so desperately promotes. Discussing his regained freedom, Sigler confidently declares, “I paid my price, more than enough. I have changed, I have grown, I have matured. So yes, I deserve it. His desire to convey a new story which he believes absolves him of guilt – which he does, at least in the eyes of Whitworth’s grandson and his fellow churchmen – strongly suggests otherwise and ultimately transforms them. Netflix’s latest docuseries in a boundary case study. rehabilitation of criminal justice.