GVSU Grad, Michigan Native Stars in the New Netflix True Crime Show
Since its release last week, "Crime Scene: The Times Square Killer" on Netflix has been getting a lot of buzz.
Did you know that the docuseries focusing on the grisly murders in 1970s New York stars a Grand Valley State University graduate?
Yep, GVSU alum Scott Watson plays the "Torso Killer" himself, Richard Cottingham, who "preys on women to fulfill his grotesque fantasies while eluding police".
Watson was born and raised in Reed City, Mich., and as he says on his website, "like a stereotypical Michigander he’ll be happy to show you right on the hand where that is." He studied theater and and was classically trained in Shakespeare’s works at Grand Valley State University an now lives in NYC where he says he's "become the hardest working mustache in the business".
If Watson looks familiar, he's acted in quite a few shows on Investigation Discovery, commercials for Burlington and Ray-ban, and movies like "Love in Kilnerry" and "Eavsdropping".
Watson shared about his role in "Crime Scene: The Times Square Killer" to social media:
The series from award-winning documentary filmmaker Joe Berlinger uses archival news footage, reenactments, and interviews to examine, according to Netflix,
"How the danger and depravity of New York’s Times Square in the late 1970s and early 1980s made it possible for one man to commit — and nearly get away with — unthinkable acts in a nearly-lawless area rife with drugs and sex work. These three episodes will delve into the social and systemic forces that allowed horrific crimes to go unnoticed for too long."
Oooh, I love true crime, so I'll have to check it out for sure! And for anyone who's like, "Isn't that pretty dark? Kinda weird you're into that..."
Meh. I don't think it's weird. This sketch from SNL about many people's (an my!) obsession with shows like this makes me feel seen... In fact, season one of the series, "Crime Scene: The Vanishing at the Cecil Hotel" actually makes an appearance in the clip!