What makes an area the perfect place to dispose of a body? According to law enforcement officials, the qualifications are simple: A mix of hot, humid climate and hungry wildlife to ensure the quick destruction of evidence, and a location remote enough to prevent unwitting visitors from stumbling across a body, but not impossible for the perpetrator to reach in the dead of night. Does that sound like somewhere you know? Then you may live next to one of America’s infamous killing fields.
The bane of police departments around the country, these so-called “killing fields” make it next to impossible for detectives to gather enough evidence to catch the murderers. Favored by serial killers, gangsters and savvy locals, some are home to bodies numbering in the triple digits.
With tonight’s premiere of Discovery Channel’s new show, Killing Fields, investigating a series of grisly discoveries in the swamps of Bayou Manchec, LA, we’re taking a look at the worst such dumping grounds in the country. As compiled by the show’s executive producer, Joseph Schneier, here are the five biggest killing fields in America…that we know of so far: