It seemed like the final phone call to Ken Barnes, Marjorie's "fishing buddy," gave you confidence in the veracity of Jessica's statement, but what convinced you she was telling the truth? Do you believe her?
Borzillieri: I don't mean to use a cliché, but in terms of Jessica and her interview and the new information, she was compelled to tell us. It had been eating her up inside. It was a huge release for her.
Schroeder: And look, she was the first one to tell us, "I'm a hooker, I've lied, I've stolen -- who's gonna believe me?" But I've done a lot of first-time confession interviews, and if you're gonna get the truth out of anyone, that's when you're gonna get it. You could visually see the relief on her face when she was able to come clean. Here's this hardened, cocaine-addicted, on-and-off-again hooker, who I think gives us the full emotional range in that moment, when she starts crying. If that's not the truth, I don't know what is.
What were the biggest challenges you faced in getting the other subjects on camera?
Borzillieri: Obviously, these interviews began a long time ago, so it was great that I got in on the day-of, which enabled me to have a unique perspective in that we could carry [the story] all the way to the end. But it was super challenging, and I have to underline that.
The case went cold for two years, and reaching out to Marjorie was just an attempt at getting any information. Law enforcement was under a federal gag order, in essence, so nobody would speak. All the interviews you see with law enforcement in the series come after they've retired and they finally felt comfortable enough to speak publicly about the case. Because of the event and the explosion with Brian Wells, it was such a sensitive topic. These guys really had waited until their retirement to speak about it.
Necessity is the mother of invention, so when you don't have a detective that you can just call up and talk to about the case, and the family won't participate because they're so shell-shocked from the horrific event and no one will listen to them, you start to go down paths and work extra hard just to get any information.