The Killing Season 3 “Suspect” List After Week 1: Who we think might be our serial killer (and who we would like to see as the killer for all sorts of inappropriate reasons!?)

With premiere week behind us, we wanted to begin our own fan “Suspect Tracker.”  We will update this throughout the season, and we thoroughly look forward to laughing at how completely wrong we had it in the beginning.  Did your favorite character make the suspect list?  Read on to find out!


Ray Seward

For the Prosecution:

-He is visibly violent, manipulating guard Evan Henderson into allowing him to make a menacing telephone call to Ed Skinner.  He also asked for the Prison Chaplain in a fake showing of contribution only to bash his head into the cell bars in a display of sheer brutality.

-He has history of violence towards women.  In “72 Hours” from Season 2, Linden references that Adrian’s biological parents were always fighting, suggesting domestic violence between the couple.

-He chooses hanging, a more graphic and far less merciful method of execution compared to lethal injection, suggesting a desire he has something to prove even in death.  He mocked his own hanging with a phone cord.  He is a message-sender.

-He resists any opportunity to formally protest his conviction, effectively accepting his guilty conviction for the murder of Adrian’s mother.  Only three years have elapsed since Linden and former partner, Skinner, put him away, and he is already thirty days from execution.  This is a man that does not seem all that interested in avoiding his execution or the prospect of life in prison.

-He has a history of romantic entanglements with prostitutes.  In Season 2, Linden referenced that Adrian’s mother (and presumably Seward’s victim) was a “hooker” that had been slashed.

For the Defense:

-He has a major alibi for the murder of Holder’s most recent victim, Ashley Kwon since he was sitting on Death Row at the time of her murder.  If the crimes are the act of a serial murderer, he is not responsible for all of the killings.

-He appeared not to know about his wife’s broken finger and seemingly lied about pawning her jewelry, unable to identify the pawn shop where he claimed to have pawned her ring.

-Linden doesn’t think he’s guilty.  Enough said.

Likelihood the Suspect is the Killer: Unlikely.  If the real killer is already locked up on Death Row, it sort of kills the entire story.


Francis Becker

For the Prosecution:

-He seemed to unnaturally savor reading the gritty details about what happens to the human body during a hanging to Ray Seward.  Even another Death Row inmate tries to get him to stop by telling him that he is a “better man than that.”  We did not understand the purpose of this scene.  Was he trying to intimidate Seward?  If so, intimidate him into doing what?  Perhaps he was trying to punish Seward for his behavior towards the Prison Champlain and guard Evan Henderson.  Regardless, it seemed somewhat sadistic.

-He completely berated guard Evan Henderson, a sympathetic new father exhausted on the job, after being manipulated by Seward into allowing him an impermissible phone call.  It seemed unnecessarily cold, even cruel.

-Having actor Hugh Dillon as the bad guy would be, in a word, badass.

For the Defense:

-He works for the Department of Corrections on Death Row, meaning that the guy probably does not have any domestic violence, sexual assault, or prostitution on his record.

-His family seemingly works in the same industry, a suggestion first exposed by Ray Seward, giving him perhaps some measure of pride and dedication to the concepts of law and order.

-We saw absolutely nothing in Episodes 1 and 2 to suggest he is a serial killer.  We’ll admit it.  It is just the idea of Hugh Dillon as the real killer squaring off against Peter Sarsgaard as the wrongly convicted killer in an epic prison battle a la Cinemax’s “Banshee” that has us way too excited.

Likelihood the Suspect is the Killer: Moderate possibility.  AMC has just been so quiet about his character, we are left with an odd impression that there might be more than meets the eye when it comes to Frances Becker.



For the Prosecution:

-He has delusions of grandeur, oddly eye-balling pictures of fashion models and presuming a little hair color is really all that stands between him and Hollywood.  We also saw the video from Bullet’s phone of him in a full-length, “genderless” fur coat.  It’s the street, but everywhere seems to be Twitch’s red carpet.

-He runs in the same circles of at least one of the victims, Ashley Kwon, and potentially two of them (if Kallie is indeed dead).  If the serial killer is targeting homeless teenagers, Twitch would have unlimited access to an essentially undocumented pool of potential victims.

-He is regularly in the company of teenage prostitutes, specifically the impressionable Lyric.

-He has a questionable moral code.  He is patently narcissistic.  He seems to thoroughly enjoy the unbridled admiration of a much younger girl, Lyric.  He steals from her to purchase hair color when they cannot afford food and shelter.

-He is on probation for a crime we do not know about as we see him taking a urine test.  Story sync does not list the actual offense, but it notes that puncture marks are not present and he has had drug and mental health after care.

-He may not have an alibi for the night Kallie presumably got into a car to meet her untimely end.  He took the last of his money with Lyric and spent it on hair dye, meaning that Lyric would likely have to work (as a prostitute) the night we saw Kallie get into a strange vehicle and drive off into the darkness.

For the Defense:

-He does not seem to possess the necessary demeanor to be a successful serial killer over a period of years.  He is outspoken, extroverted, and is frequently in the company of other teenagers.  Prancing around in a fur coat is also not exactly how a criminal mastermind laws low.

-We saw absolutely nothing in Episodes 1 and 2 to suggest he is a serial killer.  We just don’t like this creep.  He steals from sweet little Lyric and is only out for himself.

Likelihood the Suspect is the Killer: Possible but unlikely.  We doubt he would take time for stalking and murdering when he could be looking at himself in the mirror.  Still, he has demonstrated a general disregard for others and a taste for young girls.  It is simply too soon to tell.



For the Prosecution:

-She is frequently alone, sulking around in dark alleys, stealing items, even if she does intend to give them to her love, Lyric.  She seemingly does not have anyone looking for her, making it easy to disappear after the sun goes down.  Could she be working with someone as a look-out?  A lure?

-Did she threaten every other character with an ass-kicking in Episodes 1 and 2?  OK, so she did not threaten Linden, but they did not have any scenes together.  Give her time.  Wait, can you imagine that epic battle?  Sorry, we got distracted.

-She seems to know all of the homeless teenagers in the area, potentially the entire pool of actual and potential victims.  In one of the promotional videos, actress Bex Taylor-Klaus said that Bullet had been on the street for three years, a time that would correspond with the approximate time Linden and Skinner sent Seward to prison for the murder of Adrian’s mother.  If she is so keyed into to keeping track of all of the street urchins, why is Kallie the only missing person she seems concerned about enough to report to the police?  She crows about absolutely everything else but missing persons, save Kallie, during the first two episodes.

For the Defense:

-It’s not her.  Come on.

-She cares about all of the girls.  She is in love with Lyric.  She offers her bed for the night to Kallie.  She encourages Kallie to go to Pastor Mike’s shelter for food.  If she is earnestly concerned about the well-being of the homeless in her area, why would she harm or cooperate with anyone who intended to harm them?

-Her violence seems to be limited to empty threats.  After seeing her victimized in such a brutal, heart-breaking way in the second episode, it is next to impossible to imagine her victimizing other young girls in the exact same way.

Likelihood the Suspect is the Killer: Unlikely.  We really like actress Bex Taylor-Klaus and her character, so we hope we do not have to eat our words.  As of Episode 3.03, however, she seems more heroine than villain.


James Skinner

For the Prosecution:

-He seems too content to have a potentially innocent man, Ray Seward, in prison awaiting execution.

-He presumably had an affair with Linden while married to wife, Jennifer.  He was the senior partner in the work relationship, making any sexual contact with her even more unethical.  Does that make him a killer?  Certainly not.  Does that add to the notion that he has questionable integrity?  We think so.

-His relationship with Ray Seward seems oddly antagonistic.  Why is Ray Seward so enraged with him?  So determined to have Skinner and his entire family watch him hang?  It just seems that they have a history beyond the case for which Skinner and Linden sent him to Death Row.

For the Defense:

-Do you really believe that the brilliant Sarah Linden was working side-by-side with the serial killer for a period of years?  Sleeping with the monster and never thinking, hmmmmm, it seems like there is something a little off about this guy?  Yeah, we didn’t either.

-Surely his outspoken wife is reason enough not to frequent prostitutes.  Can you imagine how strongly worded she would be in that instance?  A happy wife means a happy life for Ed Skinner.

-Speaking of the unspoken wife, don’t you think she would keep her man on a fairly short leash about he was presumably fooling around with his lovely redheaded partner?  We suspect she would notice if he was out overnight every now and again to, you know, kill teenage prostitutes.

-He seems to be taken aback by Seward’s choice of execution by hanging.  Both he and Linden react physically when they discuss it, as if such a method is unnecessarily brutal.

-According to IMDb, he only appears in TWO episodes.  So, will next week be his last week on The Killing?  If so, it certainly does not suggest he is “the doer.”

Likelihood the Suspect is the Killer: Unlikely.  He may be mixed up in some ethical quandary, but he does not strike us as the serial killer type.

Jenn Maclean-Angus

Jennifer Skinner

For the Prosecution:

-Lady has a lot of rage, particularly for one redheaded former Seattle Detective.  The confrontation outside the Skinner house was direct, abrasive, and effectively served to remind Linden one more time about how horrible her life is.

For the Defense:

-Her rage, thus far, only seems to be directed at one person (We’re looking at you, Sarah Linden), and that person is still living.

-According to IMDb, she only appears in three episodes of Season 3.

Likelihood the Suspect is the Killer: Unlikely.  Scorned woman, yes.  Serial killer, no.

SPOILER ALERT: The Skinners have a teenage daughter named Bethany who will appear in Episode 3.05 “Scared and Running.”  Jennifer Skinner appears in Episode 3.06.  There is no mention of any appearance by James Skinner in any further episodes beyond Episode 3.03 “Seventeen” (referencing the number of bodies). Both Bethany and Jennifer, however, will appear again in the Season 3 finale.  Is Bethany a victim of kidnapping?  Murder?  If so, who would have a motive to harm her?  At this point, it seems like Ray Seward.  If something happens to James Skinner during Season 3, they could reappear in the final episode of Season 3 to make peace with Linden.  Any thoughts?


Cody (Linden’s Boyfriend)

For the Prosecution:

-OK, so he is a young male character without a last name that we know nothing about on a TV show where everybody is a suspect.  So, in that regard, we cannot rule him out.

-We question his mental acuity when he asks Linden to get off the island and go see a concert or something with him that evening.  Cody, meet your girlfriend, Sarah Linden.  You can see her, right?  You most definitely want to stay in tonight.  Have you no good sense?

-It is also a distinct possibility that fans within our group simply wanted him added to this list because we do not like Linden sleeping with anyone not named “Holder.”  Just saying.

For the Defense:

-He was horrified by looking at the pictures from the case file on Linden’s table.

-He works on a ferry, lives on an island with Linden.  When would he have time or access to maintain a multi-year killing spree?

-Afternoon Delight Cody is lame, but he doesn’t appear to have any propensity to be one of Seattle’s most prolific serial killers.

-Accordingly to IMDb, we do not see Cody again until Episode 3.07.  It does seem strange that we would see him again at all given Linden’s brush off in Episode 3.02.

Likelihood the Suspect is the Killer: Unlikely.  We might like him better though if he was the killer villain.


Caroline (Holder’s Girlfriend)

For the Prosecution:

-First of all, nice plaid.

-Like Cody, she is a virtually unknown character that we know nothing about on a TV show where everybody is a suspect.  So, in that regard, we cannot rule her out.

-Like Cody, she happens to be sleeping with one of our leads when many in our fan group would just as soon they sleep with one another.  If she loses Holder’s attention in lieu of the lovely redhead, it would perhaps give her a newfound propensity for violence.

-We added her because we are grasping at straws here.  We will support any storyline that locks her away from Stephen Holder forever.

For the Defense:

-The most objectionable thing she has done on a show called The Killing thus far is buy one of our favorite characters a tooth brush.

-BUT she also referenced a bad science fiction TV show….(Yeah, I said it.  Bring it, fan boy)

-AND she also DVRed a show about sharks that you know the Discovery Channel is going to run a million times again that week.  You don’t have to DVR that crap, girl….

-According to IMDb, she only appears in ONE episode.  If the five minute exchange in the bathroom is all we see of her, well, hallelujah…wait, I mean…uh, that would exclude her as a suspect.

Likelihood the Suspect is the Killer: Unlikely.  We still hate her.


Pastor Mike

For the Prosecution:

-Please see the picture of actor Ben Cotton above.

-He has the access to and trust of all of the homeless teenagers in the area that rely on his apparent kindness for a meal, shower, and place to sleep for the night.  He would certainly be someone that they victims would trust enough to get into his vehicle and then follow him into a dark, secluded area knowing that he probably would not intend to have sex with them.

-He keeps track of all of the homeless teenagers in the area, keeping their names and pictures on a bulletin board.  He knows where they frequently stay.  He also knows Ashley Kwon, Holder’s first victim, is missing, but we do not see him report same to the police.

-He seems to know how to interact with the police officers, requiring that they Holder and his partner, Carl Reddick, play by the rules before he allows them to visit with him inside the shelter.  Has he had contact with the police previously?

-He seems to reference a troubled past and a desire to redeem himself by helping the troubled teens in the area.  His tattoo references Ephesians 1:7: “In Him, we have redemption through his blood, the forgiveness of sings, in accordance with the riches of God’s grace.”

For the Defense:

-His shelter continues to provide assistance to homeless teenagers in the area.  It could certainly be a ruse to lure potential victims, but if it is, it certainly seems to be a rather elaborate one.

-He announced to the crowded room of teenagers that he did not know the whereabouts of Ashley Kwon and would likely have to give her bed away for the night.  If he killed Ashley Kwon, why would he draw attention to her absence in front of the group?

-We do not know anything about his past.  All we know is that he runs a Christian shelter for homeless teenagers in Seattle.  We have no reason, at this point, to believe that he has committed any crime.

-According to IMDb, Pastor Mike appears in TWO episodes of Season 3 of The Killing.  If we never see him again, we think that effectively rules him out as a suspect.

Likelihood the Suspect is the Killer: Possible but unlikely.  He strikes us as a red herring.  It is just too obvious to assume he is the killer at this point.



Joe Mills

For the Prosecution:

-He operates a cab, and Kallie suggested he was creepy, that she did not want to ride in the cab with him.

For the Defense:

-If Kallie did, in fact, get in the car with our killer at the end of Episode 3.01, why did she smile at him and not act afraid?

Likelihood the Suspect is the Killer: Likely.  He has access to a vehicle.  He would know the girls, where they frequent, where they might be, and where to take them where no one but Sarah Linden would ever find their bodies.  Coupled with Kallie’s comment about him being creepy, he might be our leading suspect at this point.  When he turns out to be an undercover cop, we are going to feel pretty foolish about this assessment.


Evan Henderson

For the Prosecution/Defense:

-We know very little about this character, but with what we do know, he seems harmless enough.  He is a father.  He is married.  He was late to work.  He complains about not getting sleep.  His shirt had stains, presumably from the baby, that Ray Seward noticed.  He was easily manipulated by Ray Seward, made a mistake allowing him access to the telephone, and then was completely dressed down by supervisor Frances Becker.  All these things suggest a guy just trying to get through the work day and provide for his family.  Yet, there just has to be something more to Evan’s story that the gullible guard that happens to appear in almost every episode.  How does working with incredibly violent offenders on little to no sleep affect him psychologically?  Is he really up all night with the baby?  Does he ever let off any steam with a prostitute?  It seems like a stretch at this point, but it is not beyond the realm of possibility.

Likelihood the Suspect is the Killer: Possible but unlikely.  We would normally say unlikely, but we have a gut feeling there is just more to his story than we know so far.


Carl Reddick

For the Prosecution:

-He is a royal asshole.

For the Defense:

-He is way too lazy to ever keep up a multi-year killing spree.

-According to IMDb, we are done seeing Carl Reddick on The Killing.  We can only hope.

Likelihood the Suspect is the Killer: Unlikely.  He definitely has some measure of hatred towards women, but we suspect his laziness outweighs any misogyny.

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