It Was Him: The Many Murders of Ed Edwards follows retired police officer and homicide investigator John Cameron as he attempts to uncover the truth behind some of the most gruesome crimes from the past 60 years. Cameron thoroughly explores the details of each case, and even explains his own theory that they are connected by a single serial killer mastermind. The series premieres April 16, 2018 on the Paramount Network.
What do the Black Dahlia, Zodiac, Teresa Halbach, Laci Peterson, and JonBenet Ramsey murder cases all have in common? According to a new docu-series, It Was Him: The Many Murders of Ed Edwards, the link could be a single perpetrator. The show will premiere on the Paramount Network on April 16, 2018 at 9:00 p.m./8:00 p.m. central.
Could Ed Edwards Be Behind Decades of Notorious Murders?
On the surface, these cases seem to share very few similarities, with the exception of the fact that they’re all examples of the most heinous and notorious murders that have occurred within the past six decades. For years, all of these cases have captivated not only the American mainstream consciousness, but the world as a whole.
To this day, many of these cases are still shrouded in complete mystery, capturing the interest of true-crime aficionados everywhere. The intense fascination begins with the fact that some of these cases have never been solved, despite intensive and in-depth investigations, along with the fact that there are just so many unanswered questions and factors that simply don’t add up.
Even the cases in which suspects have been apprehended—such as the 2005 Teresa Halbach murder, which was famously documented in the popular Netflix original series Making a Murderer—there’s still a great deal of doubt and speculation on the part of investigators.
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In case you’re not familiar with the case, in 2016, Brendan Dassey’s original confession to Halbech’s murder was thrown out due to suspicion of police coercion and his murder conviction was overturned. However, hope was short-lived for Dassey, as the Seventh Circuit voted in December 2017 to uphold his conviction after all. His uncle Steven Avery remains in prison with no chance of parole.
But could they both actually be innocent? It seems John Cameron believes so.
Who Is John Cameron?
John A. Cameron is a retired 24-year veteran homicide detective and cold case task force officer for the FBI, based out of Great Falls, Montana. He’s taken on the seemingly impossible task of attempting to solve all of the above-mentioned cases, and many more that have confounded investigators and the general public for years.
Cameron believes that just one ruthless serial killer was responsible for some of the most brutal and calculated killings of the past 60 years. That alleged, very prolific murderer is Edward Wayne Edwards. And Cameron has spent the past six years of his life putting his professional reputation on the line with the intent of proving that Edwards masterminded these crimes and countless others.
He’s the focus of a new true crime series entitled, It Was Him: The Many Murders of Ed Edwards. This six-part documentary will showcase an in-depth analysis of all these cases and help connect the dots between Edwards and each case.
Edward Wayne Edwards: A Murderous Puzzle
“I believe that all of the most famous murders from the last 60 years were created by this one man, Edward Edwards. Enter ‘Edward Edwards’ into the Zodiac cipher, it fits perfectly,” Cameron says in the trailer for the show.
Cut to a scene where Cameron is in a car with none other than Edwards’ estranged grandson, Wayne Wolfe, who also partakes in this investigation, when Cameron unveils an utterly shocking revelation: “The Zodiac Killer is also responsible for JonBenet Ramsey.”
The series itself is based on Cameron’s 2014 bestselling book, It’s Me, Edward Wayne Edwards, the Serial Killer You Never Heard Of.
Both the book and series outline the details of each case and how Edwards was allegedly connected to each one. Cameron points out that Edwards was always in close proximity of each murder around the times that the slayings occurred. In fact, he says the man can be spotted in the background of countless photographs and videos recorded at the crime scenes.
For example, approximately 12 minutes into episode six of Making a Murderer, a man who bears a striking resemblance to Edwards can be seen standing in the background of several shots in the courthouse.
It’s believed that Edwards, who had a knack for torturing and sexually assaulting his victims prior to killing them, also enjoyed watching other people being convicted of the crimes he committed.
Like most serial killers, Edwards followed all of the police investigations involving crimes he had allegedly committed, and he even attended some of the court hearings.
Ed Edwards’ Convictions
Without taking any of Cameron’s claims into account, Edwards was already a convicted murderer.
Outwardly, he was a normal middle-class family man who happened to have a criminal past carrying out petty robberies. Even though he claimed to be a reformed criminal, and even released a memoir to that effect in the early 1970s, Edwards had a much darker secret buried deep inside. And he went on to kill at least five people.
In 2009, Edwards was arrested. He confessed to five high-profile murders over the course of 20 years:
- In 1977, Edwards killed Billy Lavaco and Judy Straub in Ohio
- In 1980, he murdered Tim Hack and Kelly Drew in Wisconsin (the “Sweetheart Murders”)
- In 1996, he killed his adopted son, Danny Law Gloeckner (aka Danny Boy Edwards), in Ohio, reportedly for the insurance money
Edwards received life sentences for the first murders, and then the death sentence for Gloeckner’s killing.
However, he ended up dying of natural causes on April 7, 2011 while in prison, just a few months before his scheduled execution. Edwards was 77 years old at the time of his death at the Corrections Medical Center in Columbus, Ohio.
So…could Edwards be a much more prolific murderer than we know? Are innocent people serving time for the crimes he committed? Cameron starts revealing his theories in It Was Him: The Many Murders of Ed Edwards on the Paramount Network on April 16, 2018 at 9:00 p.m./8:00 p.m. central.