Web of Lies S4E8 Script

Crime Scene Selfie (2017)

[ OMINOUS MUSIC PLAYS ]

THERE WE GO.

Narrator: A LOVING FAMILY SHARES THEIR LIVES ON THE INTERNET.

SHE POSTED SO MANY PICTURES OF THEM ONLINE.

BUT THEIR JOY SOON GIVES WAY TO A DARK SIDE.

[ SHUDDERING ]

IT WAS A DOWNWARD SPIRAL FROM THERE.

SHE GOT LOST ONLINE.

LET'S GO GET HIM.

A TWISTED WORLD [DOGS BARKING]

OF BROKEN PROMISES AND LIES.

YOU PROMISED ME YOU WERE GONNA DO BETTER.

I THOUGHT IT WAS GONNA END IN MORE BLOODSHED.

NO! WHAT ARE YOU DOING?!

NO! STOP! I WAS SO SCARED.

I DIDN'T WANT HER TO DIE.

[EERIE MUSIC PLAYS] Narrator: WILL ANYONE GET OUT ALIVE?

[ THUMPING ]

SOMEONE THAT DOESN'T VALUE HUMAN LIFE IS CAPABLE OF ANYTHING.

THIS IS THE STATE POLICE!

[ GUNSHOT ]

[ SUSPENSEFUL MUSIC PLAYS ]

[ OMINOUS CHORD STRIKES ]

[ SPEAKS QUIETLY, GASPS ]

23-YEAR-OLD AMANDA TAYLOR LIVES IN CHRISTIANSBURG, VIRGINIA.

SHE IS MARRIED TO 25-YEAR-OLD REX.

EVER SINCE AMANDA AND REX GOT TOGETHER, UH, THEY WERE INSEPARABLE.

THEY WERE TOGETHER ALL THE TIME.

THEY LOVED EACH OTHER SO MUCH.

Narrator: THE COUPLE'S BEEN TOGETHER FOR MORE THAN 9 YEARS AND HAVE TWO CHILDREN:

17-MONTH-OLD DAYLA AND 6-YEAR-OLD DAMIEN.

Rex: ALMOST DONE? MM-HMM.

SHOULD I ASK YOUR MOM IF YOU'RE ALL DONE?

AMANDA, IS HE? MOM, AM I ALL DONE?

AFTER A COUPLE MORE BITES.

One more bite.

DAMIEN AND DAYLA WERE AMANDA AND REX'S HOLE WORLD.

THEY WERE THEIR EVERYTHING.

THEY'VE ALWAYS BEEN SO HAPPY AND WELL TAKEN CARE OF AND HAD EVERYTHING THAT THEY COULD EVER WANT AND NEED.

GOOD JOB, BIG GUY.

[ MID-TEMPO TUNE PLAYS ]

[laughs] MOM, SHE'S GOT IT ALL OVER HER.

OHH.

Mariah: SHE WAS A VERY LOVING MOTHER.

I KNOW. HAVE A BEARD LIKE DADDY.

[ LAUGHS ]

Mariah: SHE LOVED TAKING PICTURES.

SHE POSTED SO MANY PICTURES OF THEM ONLINE.

Narrator: AMANDA HAS ALWAYS CRAVED A LOVING FAMILY FOLLOWING HER OWN TROUBLED CHILDHOOD.

[ SHUTTER CLICKS ]

[ SUSPENSEFUL MUSIC PLAYS ]

SHE HAS NEVER MET HER FATHER.

UNTIL THE AGE OF 11, SHE WAS RAISED IN FLORIDA BY HER MOM, WHO STRUGGLED TO COPE ON HER OWN.

YOU'RE NO GOOD FOR HER RIGHT NOW.

YOU CAN'T EVEN TAKE CARE OF YOURSELF.

HOW ARE YOU GONNA TAKE CARE OF HER?

MY SISTER WAS HAVING SOME PROBLEMS WITH, YOU KNOW, THE DRINKING.

Narrator: IT IS AMANDA'S UNCLE, MATTHEW, WHO COMES TO THE RESCUE.

IT'S TIME. SHE'S GOTTA LEAVE.

I CAN GIVE HER SUPPORT, I CAN GIVE HER THE LOVE SHE NEEDS, AND I CAN HELP HER THROUGH THIS.

WHEN AMANDA WAS AT A CERTAIN AGE, SHE WAS ABLE TO SEE IT AND SOMEWHAT UNDERSTAND, YOU KNOW, "WHERE'S MAMA?" OR, YOU KNOW, "WHAT'S GOIN' ON?"

I'M GONNA TAKE HER.

YOU CAN STILL KEEP CONTACT.

YOU'RE NOT GONNA LOSE HER, BUT, SHE'S GOTTA COME BACK TO VIRGINIA WITH ME.

Narrator: AMANDA MOVES TO VIRGINIA TO LIVE WITH HER UNCLE MATTHEW

[ CREAKING ]

AND START A NEW LIFE.

I WAS THE PRIMARY FATHER FIGURE OF AMANDA THROUGHOUT HER TEENAGE YEARS.

Narrator: SHE SETTLES IN QUICKLY AND, AFTER STARTING HIGH SCHOOL, MEETS FUTURE HUSBAND REX TAYLOR.

[BARKING] STOP, REX!

[laughs] I'M GONNA GETCHA. STOP. REX.

I'M GONNA GETCHA. I'M GONNA GETCHA.

I'M GONNA GETCHA. REX IS REALLY COOL.

I INTRODUCED THEM TO EACH OTHER.

[HOWLING] REX!

REX WAS CRAZY ABOUT AMANDA.

THEY JUST FELL IN LOVE RIGHT -- RIGHT THEN, PRETTY MUCH.

[OMINOUS MUSIC PLAYS] AAAAAAAH!

Narrator: THE COUPLE EVEN SHARES THE SAME BIRTHDAY AND THEY HAVE A LOT MORE IN COMMON.

AMANDA AND REX WERE REALLY OPEN ABOUT THEIR LOVE FOR, YOU KNOW, HORROR MOVIES.

AAH!

REX HAD A HUGE COLLECTION AND IT WAS JUST ALL HORROR STUFF.

25 MILES OF --

- AAAAAAH! AAH!

Narrator: AND, WHENEVER THEY AREN'T TOGETHER, THE TWO WERE TALKING ONLINE.

[ CHIME ]

[ SUSPENSEFUL MUSIC PLAYS ]

REX'S FASCINATION WITH HORROR EXTENDS TO THE INTERNET.

AMANDA AND REX GOT INTO A HORROR COMMUNITY, I GUESS.

15-YEAR-OLD AMANDA'S RELATIONSHIP WITH REX SEEMS TO BE THE FIRST THING THAT'S MADE HER HAPPY IN A VERY LONG TIME.

BUT THEN, SHE RECEIVES SOME UNEXPECTED NEWS.

YOU NEED TO THINK ABOUT THIS.

I HAVE THOUGHT. IT'S WHAT I WANT.

YOU'RE IN THE 10th GRADE!

YOU'LL HAVE TO DROP OUT OF SCHOOL.

DID YOU THINK ABOUT THAT? YEAH, I DID!

I'M KEEPING THIS BABY. HOW ARE YOU GONNA RAISE IT?

WHAT -- YOU DON'T EVEN HAVE A JOB.

I'LL THINK ABOUT THAT LATER.

LOOK, ALL I KNOW RIGHT NOW IS I'M KEEPING THIS BABY.

I LOVE REX AND I'M GONNA BE A GOOD MOTHER.

[ SHUTTER CLICKS ]

Narrator: DESPITE UNCLE MATTHEW'S CONCERNS, AMANDA AND REX STAY TOGETHER.

BUT, OVER THE NEXT 8 YEARS, THE HARDSHIPS OF PARENTHOOD TAKE THEIR TOLL.

[ MELANCHOLY TUNE PLAYS ]

NOW THE FATHER OF TWO YOUNG CHILDREN, REX'S LIFELONG STRUGGLE WITH DEPRESSION COMES BACK WITH A VENGEANCE.

HE WOULD BE HAPPY SOME DAYS, BUT YOU COULD SEE THE HURT.

YOU COULD JUST SEE THE HURT IN HIS EYES.

Narrator: DESPERATE TO TURN HIS LIFE AROUND FOR AMANDA, REX LOOKS TO HIS FATHER, CHARLES, FOR ADVICE.

CHARLES LOVED REX.

BUT TO SAY HE'S A GOOD FATHER, UM, IS HARD.

[ RATTLING ]

Narrator: AFTER INJURING HIS BACK AT WORK, CHARLES HAS BECOME ADDICTED TO PRESCRIPTION PAINKILLERS.

CHARLES WAS ABUSING HIS MEDICATION ALL THE TIME.

I DON'T THINK I'VE EVER SEEN HIM SOBER.

Narrator: SO WHEN HIS SON COMES TO HIM FOR HELP, CHARLES HAS ONLY ONE REMEDY TO OFFER.

CHARLES, I THINK, SAW THAT REX WASN'T HAPPY.

I CAN'T BEAR TO SEE YOU LIKE THIS.

[ SINISTER MUSIC PLAYS ]

TELL YOU WHAT.

JUST TAKE ONE OF THESE.

No. No.

JUST TAKE ONE. JUST ONE.

HE WOULD TELL REX, YOU KNOW, "JUST THESE WILL MAKE YOU FEEL BETTER."

AND, UH, YEAH. I THINK IT WAS HIM TRYING TO MAKE HIS SON HAPPY.

BUT IT WAS JUST THE WRONG WAY.

[ SINISTER MUSIC CLIMBS ]

GO AHEAD.

[ OMINOUS CHORD STRIKES ]

[ SUSPENSEFUL MUSIC PLAYS ]

ATTABOY. ALL RIGHT?

THANK YOU. OKAY.

NOW YOU JUST SIT BACK AND YOU RELAX, ALL RIGHT?

YOU JUST RELAX.

IT WAS A DOWNWARD SPIRAL FROM THERE.

REX, YOU'RE NOT THERE FOR US ANYMORE.

YOU'RE DRUNK ALL THE TIME AND YOU'RE HIGH AND WE CAN'T DO IT ANYMORE, REX.

YOU'RE ON MY BACK ALL THE TIME! IT'S NOT OKAY!

AND YOU'RE NEVER AWARE, REX! YOU'RE ALWAYS ON MY BACK!

NO! YOU NEED TO DO BETTER!

YOU NEED TO DO IT FOR US! I'M DOING THE BEST I CAN.

YOU'RE NOT HERE FOR US! WHY IS THAT NOT ENOUGH?!

YOU'RE NOT HERE FOR OUR SON!

[ GLASS BREAKS ]

GOD!

Narrator: REX PROMISES TO QUIT THE PAINKILLERS AND PUT HIS FAMILY FIRST.

[ SUSPENSEFUL MUSIC CLIMBS ]

BUT IT'S A PROMISE HE CAN'T FULFILL.

Mariah: HE KINDA GOT TO A POINT WHERE HE WOULD JUST STAY MESSED UP.

IF IT WASN'T PILLS, IT WAS ALCOHOL.

HIS DRINKING JUST ENDED UP PRETTY OUTTA CONTROL.

THEIR RELATIONSHIP WAS REALLY ROCKY BECAUSE OF THE DRUG USE.

I MEAN, THAT WAS LIKE THE ONLY PROBLEM, REALLY, THAT THEY EVER HAD, BUT IT WAS -- IT WAS A HUGE PROBLEM.

[crying] YOU PROMISED ME YOU WERE GONNA DO BETTER, REX.

YOU TOLD ME THAT YOU WERE GONNA DO THIS FOR US, FOR OUR FAMILY, FOR ME, AND YOU HAVEN'T!

YOU HAVEN'T BEEN DOING THAT AND I NEED YOU TO AND IF YOU CAN'T DO IT FOR ME, THEN YOU NEED TO DO IT FOR OUR CHILDREN BECAUSE THEY LOVE YOU.

AND I LOVE YOU. AND I -- [sobs]

YOU JUST NEED TO START DOING THIS FOR ME.

[MELANCHOLY TUNE PLAYS] [SOBBING]

AND -- OH!

AND THIS IS BECAUSE OF THIS MAN!

YOU HAVE DONE THIS TO HIM!

FOR GOD'S SAKE, CHARLIE, YOU'RE KILLING HIM!

YOU'RE KILLING HIM!

[ SOBBING ]

[ DOOR SLAMS ]

SHE REALIZED SHE COULDN'T CHANGE HIM, SO THEN SHE DECIDED TO FOCUS ON THE KIDS -- RIGHTFULLY SO.

I CAN'T DO THIS ANYMORE, REX.

WAIT, WHERE ARE YOU GOING?! NO.

WAIT, NO, NO. NOT NOW.

JUST COME BACK INSIDE! NO.

COME BACK INSIDE! I'M GOING TO MY MOM'S.

[DAYLA CRIES] AMANDA, I'M SORRY.

NO, REX! PLEASE.

NO. I NEED YOU, OKAY?

JUST SAY HERE. I'M SORRY! I'LL FIX THIS.

COME ON, DAE. [WAILING]

SHE WAS HEARTBROKEN.

I'M SORRY. I LOVE YOU.

OKAY? WE'LL FIX THIS.

GOD, REX, NO!

AMANDA TOLD HIM, "YOU NEED TO GET SOBER.

YOU NEED TO GET CLEAN."

[ MELANCHOLY TUNE PLAYS ]

Narrator: AFTER LEAVING REX, AMANDA PUTS ON A BRAVE FACE FOR HER SON, DAMIEN'S, SEVENTH BIRTHDAY.

All: ♪ HAPPY BIRTHDAY TO YOU ♪ EVERYONE IS INVITED, BUT THERE IS NO SIGN OF REX, SO HIS MOM TRIES TO CONTACT HIM.

[RING] ♪ HAPPY BIRTHDAY, DEAR DAMIEN ♪ Melissa: I KEPT CALLIN' AND CALLIN'.

[ RING ]

NO ONE WOULD ANSWER.

[ RING ]

[ SUSPENSEFUL MUSIC PLAYS ]

♪ HAPPY BIRTHDAY TO YOU ♪

♪ HAPPY BIRTHDAY, DEAR DAMIEN ♪

[ EERIE MUSIC PLAYS ]

♪ HAPPY BIRTHDAY TO YOU ♪

[ CHEERING AND APPLAUSE ]

[ OMINOUS CHORD STRIKES ]

[STATIC CRACKLES] [SUSPENSEFUL MUSIC PLAYS]

[STATIC CRACKLES] [SUSPENSEFUL MUSIC PLAYS]

THAT'S A BIG PIECE! OH, MY GOSH.

Narrator: AFTER A STORMY FEW YEARS TRYING TO GET HER HUSBAND, REX, CLEAN AND DEAL WITH HIS DEPRESSION, ALL THAT?

23-YEAR-OLD AMANDA TAYLOR LEAVES HIM FOR THE SAKE OF THEIR TWO CHILDREN.

MWAH! [CLAPPING]

[ LAUGHS ]

Narrator: ON HIS SON, DAMIEN'S, SEVENTH BIRTHDAY, REX'S MOM IS DESPERATE TO KNOW THAT HE IS OKAY.

[crying] I JUST HAD SOMETHIN', A FUNNY GUT FEELIN' SOMETHIN' WASN'T RIGHT.

[ SUSPENSEFUL MUSIC PLAYS ]

[sobbing] NO-O-O-O-O!

REX. NO, NO! NO.

HE WAS HANGIN' IN THAT FIELD. [sniffle]

HE HAD HUNG HISSELF AND DROPPED TO HIS KNEES.

[ MELANCHOLY TUNE PLAYS ]

[ SNIFFLE ]

[ SOBBING ]

NO! NO!

[ SNIFFLE ]

I TRIED TO PICK HIM UP TO GET THE CORD OFF HIS NECK.

I KNEW HE WAS GONE.

[ BIRDS TWEETING ]

I WENT OVER THERE AND AMANDA WAS A MESS.

[ SOBBING ]

SHE COULDN'T STOP CRYING.

AND I-I DIDN'T KNOW WHAT TO DO.

I JUST -- I HELD HER FOR A LONG TIME.

[ MELANCHOLY TUNE PLAYS ]

[ CRYING ]

Johnny: I WAS DEVASTATED.

REX WAS PILL-SICK, DRUNK OUT OF HIS MIND, AND PROBABLY REALIZED THAT HE COULD NEVER GET OVER HIS ADDICTION, THAT HE WOULD NEVER GET TO SEE HIS KIDS BECAUSE OF HIS ADDICTION, SO HE ENDED HIS LIFE.

Mariah: IT'S LIKE A PIECE OF HER DIED WHEN HE DIED.

SHE WAS NEVER THE SAME AFTER THAT.

[ SINISTER MUSIC PLAYS ]

Narrator: OVER THE NEXT FEW DAYS, AMANDA TRIES TO UNDERSTAND WHY REX TOOK HIS OWN LIFE. AAH!

HEY, MARIAH. COME TAKE A LOOK AT THIS.

ONE DAY, I WENT OVER AND SHE WAS LIKE, "WATCH THESE VIDEOS OF PEOPLE HANGING THEMSELF."

[ CRACKING ]

WH-- F--

EW! WHY ARE YOU WATCHING THIS?

- [ ASPHYXIATING ] FOR REX.

WHAT ONE DO YOU THINK IS LIKE HIM?

LIKE, "WHICH ONE OF THESE VIDEOS IS MOST RELATABLE TO HIM?"

IT SCARED ME. IT SCARED ME.

Narrator: DESPITE MARIAH'S CONCERN, AMANDA BECOMES EVER MORE OBSESSED WITH THE DARK SIDE OF THE WEB.

AAAAAAAH-AAH-AH!

[ KNOCK AT DOOR ]

MOM.

[ KNOCKS INSISTENTLY ]

MOM!

[ KNOCKS INSISTENTLY ]

[ STATIC CRACKLES ]

SHE GOT TO A POINT WHERE, I MEAN, SHE TRIED TO TAKE CARE OF THE KIDS, BUT SHE COULDN'T.

SHE JUST -- SHE COULDN'T DO IT.

SHE WAS JUST -- SHE GOT LOST ONLINE.

[ KNOCKS INSISTENTLY ]

MOM, ARE YOU IN THERE?

Narrator: AMANDA'S FAMILY WILL HAVE TO LOOK AFTER THE CHILDREN AS SHE FALLS DEEPER AND DEEPER INTO A SINISTER, ONLINE WORLD OF DEATH AND DESTRUCTION.

[ SINISTER MUSIC PLAYS ]

SHE STARTED POSTING MORE DARK STUFF, DARKER THAN BEFORE.

IT WAS QUOTES AND STUFF FROM MOVIES.

[ CHIME ]

Narrator: AMANDA'S ONLINE ACTIVITIES SOON ATTRACTS OTHER TORTURED SOULS, LIKE 32-YEAR-OLD SEAN BALL, WHO LIVES NEARBY.

Mariah: SEAN CONNECTED THROUGH FACEBOOK AND STARTED TALKIN'

AND BECOMING FRIENDS WITH AMANDA.

Narrator: SEAN TELLS AMANDA THAT HE USED TO BE IN THE NAVY.

[ EERIE MUSIC PLAYS ]


AMANDA AND SEAN FORM A CLOSE BOND AND SPEND MOST OF THEIR TIME TALKING ON THE INTERNET.

[SIREN WAILS] AND, 6 MONTHS AFTER REX'S DEATH, AMANDA INVITES HIM TO HANG OUT AT HER FRIEND'S APARTMENT.

WE WERE LIKE, "YOU KNOW, I DON'T KNOW IF THAT'S A GOOD IDEA."

BUT MAYBE IT JUST FILLED THE VOID OF MAYBE NOT HAVING REX THERE.

AAAAAAAH!

THIS IS SO FREAKIN' GROSS. GOD.

[LAUGHS] MESSED UP.

HE WAS INTO THE SAME MUSIC THAT WE WERE, AND HORROR MOVIES.

[SINISTER MUSIC PLAYS] [DOOR CREAKS]

SEAN WAS INFATUATED WITH AMANDA.

[ LAUGHS ]

- AAAAAAAH! OH!

OH! HE JUST RIPPED HIS HEAD OFF!

THAT'S SICK. SO GROSS.

[ LAUGHS ]

LOOK, YOU KNOW, I CAN TEAR A MAN'S HEAD OFF WITH MY BARE HANDS, RIGHT?

[ LAUGHS ]

WHY ARE YOU LAUGHIN'? I'M SERIOUS.

WHEN I WAS IN THE WAR, [EERIE MUSIC PLAYS] I COULD TOTALLY DO IT.

SEAN WOULD ALWAYS TRY TO IMPRESS AMANDA, TELLIN' HER ABOUT HOW HE HAD KILLED PEOPLE IN AFGHANISTAN AND IRAQ.

[ SUSPENSEFUL MUSIC PLAYS ]

[ SIREN WAILS ]

MARCH 27th, IT WAS AMANDA AND REX'S BIRTHDAY AND, UM, IT WAS HIS FIRST BIRTHDAY AFTER HE DIED.

THE DAYS PRIOR TO THAT DAY, YOU KNOW, SHE KEPT SAYING, "I DON'T KNOW HOW I'M GONNA -- GONNA HANDLE HIS BIRTHDAY."

SHE WAS LIKE, "I DON'T THINK I CAN MAKE IT."

SO I WAS DETERMINED TO MAKE SURE THAT SHE WAS GONNA BE OKAY.

Johnny: AMANDA WANTED TO GO SEE REX AND I WANTED TO GO SEE REX.

IT MAY HAVE NOT BEEN A GOOD IDEA, BUT WE -- WE WERE GONNA GO REGARDLESS.

COME ON.

WE WENT TO HIS GRAVE AND, UM, IT'S ALL KIND OF A BLUR WHAT HAPPENED.

[crying] I JUST MISS HIM. I KNOW. I KNOW YOU DO.

I REALLY MISS HIM. I KNOW.

IT'S GONNA BE OKAY. WE'RE GONNA BE WITH HIM, OKAY?

AND HE'S GONNA BE WITH YOU, OKAY?

[OWL HOOTS] YEAH, HE'S GONNA --

WE'RE GONNA GO SEE HIM.

HE'D BE REALLY HAPPY.

[ CREATURE WHOOPS ]

[ SNIFFLING ]

[sobbing] OH, REX.

REX!

OH, REX, YOU'RE JUST SO DIRTY.

[sniffle] LET ME CLEAN YOU.

OH, I MISS YOU!

I MISS YOU, REX.

I WANT TO WISH YOU A HAPPY BIRTHDAY.

I LOVE YOU.

SHE JUST SNAPPED.

I HONESTLY THINK SHE JUST SNAPPED.

AMANDA, WHAT ARE YOU DOING?!

NO! WHAT ARE YOU...?!

SHE WENT LIKE SHE WAS GONNA SLIT HER THROAT.

NO, LET ME DO IT! JUST LET ME!

I WAS JUST, YOU KNOW, STANDING THERE IN SHOCK.

SERIOUSLY, STOP! NO, I WANNA BE WITH REX!

SHE WAS HYSTERICAL.

LET ME DO IT!

SCREAMING AT MARIAH. LET ME BE WITH REX!

"I JUST WANNA BE WITH REX. WHY CAN'T YOU JUST

[SUSPENSEFUL MUSIC CLIMBS] LET ME BE WITH REX?"

[STATIC CRACKLES] [SUSPENSEFUL MUSIC PLAYS]

[STATIC CRACKLES] [SUSPENSEFUL MUSIC PLAYS]

[ CREAKING ]

Narrator: AFTER AMANDA TAYLOR TRIES TO TAKE HER OWN LIFE FOLLOWING HER HUSBAND'S OWN SUICIDE, HER UNCLE MATTHEW STEPS IN TO HELP.

HEY, SWEETIE.

GAVE US A BIT OF A SCARE THERE, HUH?

IT'S OKAY. THEY'RE REAL GOOD HERE.

YOU'RE GONNA GET SOME HELP, I PROMISE.

JUST ONE SECOND, SWEETIE.

I'M JUST GONNA TALK TO THE DOCTOR.

I'LL BE RIGHT BACK.

HELLO, DOCTOR.

AMANDA IS ADMITTED TO A HOSPITAL IN RADFORD, VIRGINIA.

THEY HAD ADMITTED HER INTO THE HOSPITAL UNDER A SUICIDE WATCH.

SHE WAS SUICIDAL.

I'LL BE HERE, ALL RIGHT?

YOU'RE GONNA BE OKAY. I PROMISE.

[ SUSPENSEFUL MUSIC PLAYS ]

Narrator: AMANDA AGREES TO A 5- DAY PROGRAM TO HELP HER RECOVER.

[ CRICKETS CHIRPING ]

BUT JUST 48 HOURS LATER, AMANDA HAS HAD ENOUGH.

[ BIRDS TWEETING ]

[ SUSPENSEFUL MUSIC PLAYS ]

HEY, MARIAH. IT'S AMANDA.

Hey, how's it goin'?

I CAN'T STAY HERE ANY LONGER.

I NEED TO LEAVE.

SHE WAS LIKE, "I'M -- I'M LEAVING.

BUT, UH, THEY WON'T LET ME GO UNLESS I HAVE A RIDE."

Narrator: DOCTORS WILL ONLY RELEASE AMANDA EARLY TO THE CUSTODY OF A RESPONSIBLE ADULT.

UM, I -- CAN I JUST COME STAY WITH YOU?

What? Why?

You're supposed to stay there.

NO. I-I NEED TO COME STAY WITH YOU. CAN I?

I WANTED HER TO STAY AND CONTINUE THE TREATMENT.

CAN I JUST COME TO YOUR HOUSE? PLEASE.

You really need to stay put.

It's best for you. I promise.

I WAS REALLY SCARED THAT SHE WAS GONNA TRY TO KILL HERSELF AGAIN.

OKAY. I'LL CALL YOU LATER.

Narrator: AMANDA'S FRIENDS AND FAMILY REFUSE TO HELP HER TERMINATE HER TREATMENT PREMATURELY.

BUT HER MIND IS MADE UP.

HEY, SEAN.

[OMINOUS CHORD STRIKES] IT'S ME.

SHE KNEW THAT SEAN WOULD DO WHATEVER SHE WANTED HIM TO DO.

[ SINISTER MUSIC PLAYS ]

Narrator: AMANDA'S NEW FRIEND, SEAN BALL, IS THE ONLY PERSON WILLING TO SIGN HER OUT FROM THE HOSPITAL.

It's okay.

SHE WAS NOT IN HER RIGHT MIND AT ALL.

SHE WAS NOT MY BEST FRIEND.

SHE WAS NOT THE AMANDA THAT I KNEW.

I KNEW SOMETHING BAD WAS GONNA HAPPEN.

[SINISTER MUSIC PLAYS] [CHIRP]

SHE TURNED HER GRIEF AND HER LOSS INTO ANGER.

[ ZIPPING BAG ]

YOU KNOW WHAT?

[ SINISTER MUSIC INTENSIFIES ]

IT ALL BOILS DOWN TO HIM, THAT MAN.

HE WAS NEVER A REAL FATHER TO REX.

SHE REALLY BELIEVED REX'S FATHER, CHARLIE, TO BE THE CAUSE OF ALL THE PROBLEMS IN HER LIFE.

IF IT WASN'T FOR CHARLIE, REX WOULD STILL BE ALIVE.

[ SHUTTER CLICKS ]

TAKE ONE OF THESE.

NO, NO. JUST TAKE ONE, JUST ONE.

I WANT HIM DEAD.

I WANT CHARLIE DEAD.

I KNOW EXACTLY WHAT TO DO, ALL RIGHT?

YOU JUST RELAX. I GOT THIS.

Okay.

[ DOOR OPENS ]

Johnny: SEAN REALLY WANTED TO IMPRESS AMANDA.

IF IT MEANT BUYING AMMUNITION, HE WOULD DO IT.

IF IT MEANT GOING TO HIS PARENTS' AND STEALING GUNS, YES, HE'S GONNA DO IT.

IF IT MEANT TALKING ABOUT KILLING SOMEBODY, HE WAS ALL ABOUT IT.

[ SINISTER CHORDS STRIKE ]

[ OMINOUS MUSIC PLAYS ]

[ SINISTER MUSIC PLAYS ]

WHERE'D YOU GET 'EM?

I KNOW A PLACE.

[ OMINOUS CHORD STRIKES ]

LET'S GO GET HIM.

[ ZIPPING BAG ]

LET'S GO.

[ SUSPENSEFUL MUSIC PLAYS ]

[ SUSPENSEFUL MUSIC CLIMBS ]

[ SUSPENSEFUL CHORD STRIKES ]

[ KNOCKING ]

[ KNOCKING ]

[SNIFF] YOU MISS REX, HUH?

[crying] I DO.

I'VE EVEN BEEN THINKIN' ABOUT HANGING MYSELF.

HE WAS A GOOD DADDY, WASN'T HE?

YEAH. HE WAS.

[ TICKING ]

I LOVED HIM SO MUCH.

I WANTED TO BE A GOOD DADDY TO HIM.

[ SUSPENSEFUL MUSIC CLIMBS ]

I HOPE I WAS.

[sniffle] I CAN'T BELIEVE HE'S GONE.

I DON'T WANNA BE WITHOUT HIM.

MY BOY.

IN HER MIND, YOU KNOW, HE WAS TO BLAME FOR EVERYTHING AND...

SO SHE JUST -- THEY JUST --

YEAH.

[ OMINOUS CHORD STRIKES ]

[ EERIE MUSIC PLAYS ]

[ TICKING ]

[ DOORS LOCK ]

[ SINISTER MUSIC PLAYS ]

[ Voice over radio ]

[ SUSPENSEFUL MUSIC PLAYS ]

New: WE GOT A CALL FROM A NEIGHBOR.

SHE HAD FOUND THE BODY OF CHARLES TAYLOR INSIDE THE HOME.

THAT IS A HELL OF A MESS.

THIS WAS A VERY, VERY BRUTAL ATTACK.

HE WAS STABBED OVER 30 TIMES.

[ SHUTTER CLICKING ]

Narrator: AS CAPTAIN ROBERT NEW SECURES THE CRIME SCENE, HIS DEPUTIES START SEARCHING FOR CLUES.

I BEGAN TO ORGANIZE THE INVESTIGATION, WHICH, IT TAKES -- MULTIPLE THINGS HAPPEN AT THE SAME TIME.

[ OMINOUS MUSIC PLAYS ]

HEY, GET FORENSICS TO BAG THAT.

Narrator: IT TURNS OUT CHARLES HAD NOT BEEN HOME ALONE.

[ SUSPENSEFUL MUSIC CLIMBS ]

WE WENT INTO CHARLES TAYLOR'S FATHER'S ROOM.

Narrator: CHARLES HAD BEEN TAKING CARE OF HIS DISABLED FATHER, ALAN, WHO HEARD EVERYTHING.

[ SHUTTER CLICKS ]

[ THUDDING ]

Charlie: AHHH! [THUD]

AAAAAAAH! UFF.

[ SHUTTER CLICKS ]

AND WAS THAT AFTER ALL THE HOLLERIN'?

WHAT I LEARNED FROM ALAN: THERE WAS ONLY ONE PERSON THAT HE COULD RECOGNIZE INSIDE THE HOME AND THAT WAS AMANDA TAYLOR.

AND WAS AMANDA BY HERSELF?

THERE WAS ALSO ANOTHER PERSON WITH HER.

BUT HE DIDN'T KNOW WHO THAT PERSON WAS.

[ SINISTER MUSIC PLAYS ] THANK YOU VERY MUCH, SIR.

LET'S GO.

[ SUSPENSEFUL MUSIC PLAYS ]

WE SHOULD HEAD TOWARDS THE STATE LINE.

TENNESSEE'S RIGHT HERE.

HOW MUCH MONEY DID YOU GET FROM HIS WALLET?

COUPLE HUNDRED BUCKS.

OKAY. LET'S STOP AT A GAS STATION.

FILL UP.

Narrator: AMANDA AND SEAN CHANGE OUT THEIR CELLPHONE SIM CARDS BEFORE CONTINUING THEIR JOURNEY SOUTH.

UNABLE TO TRACE HER PHONE, CAPTAIN NEW LOOKS INTO AMANDA TAYLOR'S ONLINE ACTIVITY.

WE GET ACCESS TO HER SOCIAL MEDIA ACCOUNTS:

FACEBOOK, TUMBLR, TWITTER.

AND, AS I START LOOKING INTO THOSE, AT ONE POINT, YOU'RE SEEIN' HER WITH HER CHILDREN.

SHE'S DESCRIBING BEING A LOVING MOTHER, DOING ALL THESE FUN THINGS, AS YOU WOULD THINK A NORMAL MOTHER WOULD.

[ EERIE MUSIC CLIMBS ]

THIS VERY NEXT POST...

[ EERIE MUSIC CLIMBS ]

[ SUSPENSEFUL MUSIC PLAYS ]

IN THAT PHOTOGRAPH, SHE'S SMILING.

THE DEAD BODY OF CHARLES TAYLOR IN THE BACKGROUND.

BLOOD IS DRIPPING FROM THE KNIFE.

SHE HAD NO REMORSE.

SHE HAD NO VALUE FOR HUMAN LIFE AND SOMEONE THAT DOESN'T VALUE HUMAN LIFE IS CAPABLE OF ANYTHING.

I THOUGHT IT WAS GONNA END IN MORE BLOODSHED AND AMANDA KILLING MORE PEOPLE.

[ EERIE MUSIC CLIMBS, CHORD STRIKES ]

[STATIC CRACKLES] [SUSPENSEFUL MUSIC PLAYS]

[ STATIC CRACKLES ]

[ SUSPENSEFUL MUSIC PLAYS ]

Narrator: AFTER AMANDA TAYLOR'S SHOCKING ONLINE REVELATION OF HER INVOLVEMENT IN HER FATHER-IN-LAW'S MURDER, CAPTAIN ROBERT NEW IS DESPERATE TO TRACK HER DOWN.

IN OUR IDENTIFYING WHO AMANDA TAYLOR WAS, WE DISCOVERED CORRESPONDENCE WITH MULTIPLE SERIAL KILLERS.

AMANDA WANTED TO BE PART OF THE SERIAL-KILLING COMMUNITY, TO BE FAMOUS, TO BE KNOWN, AS ONE OF THESE SERIAL KILLERS.

[ KNOCKING ]

Narrator: AND THE NEWS ONLY GETS WORSE.

OFF OF HER SOCIAL MEDIA ACCOUNTS, WE WERE ABLE TO IDENTIFY WHO THE SECOND SUBJECT WAS:

THE GENTLEMAN NAMED SEAN BALL.

[ SUSPENSEFUL MUSIC PLAYS ]

HE HAD CLAIMED TO BE IN THE NAVY, SOME TYPE OF SPECIAL-WARFARE- TYPE PERSON IN THE NAVY.

MOST OF HIS POSTINGS WERE VERY DARK IN NATURE, PICTURES AND GRAPHIC IMAGES OF PEOPLE BEING MURDERED, RAPED, BLOOD-STREWN IMAGES, DECAPITATIONS.

WE KNOW EXACTLY WHO WE'RE GOIN' FOR NOW.

WE BEGAN DEVELOPIN' A STRONG CONCERN THAT THIS MAY NOT BE A SINGULAR MURDER, BUT MAY BE THE START OF A KILLING SPREE.

[ SIRENS WAILING ]

Narrator: THE SHERIFF'S DEPARTMENT ISSUES WARRANTS FOR THE ARREST OF AMANDA TAYLOR AND SEAN BALL AND LAUNCH A STATEWIDE MANHUNT.

BUT AMANDA AND SEAN HAVE ALREADY CROSSED FROM VIRGINIA INTO TENNESSEE.

[ SUSPENSEFUL MUSIC PLAYS ]

[ RATTLING ]

HOW MANY ROUNDS WE GOT?

WE GOT PLENTY.

I WANNA KILL ALL MEN OVER THE AGE OF 60, LIKE CHARLIE.

HOW YOU PLANNIN' THAT?

YOU GONNA ASK FOR I.D. BEFORE YOU PULL THE TRIGGER?

I DON'T KNOW AND I DON'T CARE.

I JUST WANNA KILL PEOPLE.

[ CLICK ]

I WANNA KILL EVERYONE.

THE ONLY WAY I THOUGHT THIS WAS GONNA END WAS WITH AMANDA KILLING AS MANY PEOPLE AS SHE COULD.

[MELANCHOLY TUNE PLAYS] [CRICKETS CHIRPING, DOG BARKING]

[ SINISTER MUSIC CLIMBS ]

[ SUSPENSEFUL MUSIC PLAYS ]

Narrator: ARMED AND DANGEROUS, AMANDA AND SEAN GO IN SEARCH OF MORE VICTIMS.

I THOUGHT THAT SHE WAS GONNA GO ON A SPREE.

[ EERIE MUSIC PLAYS ]

Narrator: BACK IN CHRISTIANSBURG, VIRGINIA, CAPTAIN NEW MAKES A DISCOVERY.

WE BEGAN TO DEVELOP, THROUGH THIS INVESTIGATION, THAT SEAN BALL HAD LIVED A DOUBLE LIFE.

HE WAS NEVER IN THE MILITARY. HE WAS NEVER IN THE NAVY.

HE HAD NEVER DONE ALL THESE THINGS.

HE HAD MADE UP A LOT OF THE MILITARY STORIES TO WIN OVER AMANDA TAYLOR'S HEART.

Narrator: SEAN IS NOT THE TOUGH GUY HE CLAIMS TO BE.

AMANDA, WE NEED TO LAY LOW.

JUST CHILL OUT.

[sternly] THERE'S A PLAN AND WE'RE STICKING TO IT!

SEAN HAS STARTED TO HAVE SECOND THOUGHTS ABOUT THIS KILLING SPREE.

WE CAN LIVE ON THE STREETS. IT'S LIKE NO ONE --

NO ONE WILL EVER FIND US.

YEAH, THEY WILL, SEAN.

THEY WON'T. I'VE DONE IT BEFORE!

SEAN! SHUT UP!

[ DISTORTED TUNE PLAYS ]

SHE WANTED SEAN TO PROVE THEY WERE GONNA DO THIS TOGETHER.

SEE HER?

I WANT YOU TO SHOOT HER.

YOU'RE GONNA SHOW ME THAT YOU CAN DO THIS.

I'M GONNA BRING HER BACK HERE [ALERT CHIMES]

AND YOU'RE GONNA KILL HER.

AMANDA. UM, WE'RE LOST. CAN YOU...?

HE HAD PROMISED HER THAT THEY WERE GONNA GO ON THIS KILLING SPREE.

[SINISTER MUSIC PLAYS] [BIRDS TWEETING]

[ BREATHING HEAVILY ]

AND NOW HE WAS BACKING OUT.

[ INDISTINCT CONVERSATION ]

Amanda: YEP.

THIS ANGERED AMANDA, TREMENDOUSLY.

[ ALERT CHIMES ]

[ ENGINE STARTS ]

GET OUT.

I SAID, GET OUT.

[hits hood] GET OUT!

SHE ACTUALLY OPENED THE PASSENGER'S SIDE DOOR AND PULLED SEAN OUT ONTO THE GROUND.

GET OUT! UGH.

WHILE HE'S ON HIS HANDS AND KNEES, SHE POINTS THE GUN AT HIM AND TELLS HIM...

I WANT YOU TO KNOW THAT I USED YOU FOR YOUR CAR AND YOUR GUNS [EERIE MUSIC CLIMBS]

AND I HOPE YOU DIE.

[ GUNSHOT ]

[ SUSPENSEFUL MUSIC PLAYS ]

[STATIC CRACKLES] [SUSPENSEFUL MUSIC PLAYS]

Narrator: AFTER SHOOTING HER CO-CONSPIRATOR, SEAN BALL, AMANDA TAYLOR GOES BACK ON THE RUN.

AT POLICE HEADQUARTERS IN CHRISTIANSBURG, VIRGINIA, CAPTAIN NEW STILL HAS NO IDEA WHERE SHE IS.

UNTIL HE GETS AN UNEXPECTED BREAK.

ABOUT, UH, MIDAFTERNOON, ON THE 5th, WE GET A PHONE CALL.

[ RING ]

[ RING ]

ROBERT NEW SPEAKING.

THIS IS AMANDA TAYLOR. [OMINOUS CHORD STRIKES]

I FELT THAT I HAD ONE OPPORTUNITY TO BRING THIS TO A PEACEFUL END, TO SAVE HER LIFE, AND TO SAVE THE LIFE OF ANYBODY ELSE SHE RAN ACROSS.

DON'T EVEN HAVE ANYONE COME TO FOLLOW ME.

DON'T YOU EVEN DARE.

I COULD SENSE A STRESS IN HER VOICE, AND AN ANGER, ALMOST A CONFUSION.

AND SO I TRIED TO GIVE HER A SENSE OF SECURITY, A SENSE OF UNDERSTANDING.

ARE YOU OKAY?

WHAT CAN I DO FOR YOU?

[chuckle] I'M LOST.

[SINISTER MUSIC PLAYS] I need to get back to Virginia, BUT I DON'T KNOW WHERE I AM.

SHE SAID, "I'M LOST. I DON'T KNOW WHERE I AM."

I SAID, "WELL, LET ME HELP YOU."

MY PLAN WAS TO CALM HER AND, AT THE SAME TIME, GET HER TO TRUST ME ENOUGH TO HELP ME FIND HER.

YEAH, WE'RE -- WE'RE GONNA BE ABLE TO HELP YOU.

YOU JUST NEED TO STAY CALM, STAY ON THE PHONE WITH ME, AND WE'RE GONNA HELP YOU GET EN ROUTE AS SOON AS WE CAN.

What's the last thing you remember, gas station or a restroom?

YEAH, I THINK I PASSED A GAS STATION.

DO YOU REMEMBER GOING ACROSS ANY TRAIN TRACKS?

NO. I DON'T THINK SO.

NOW, WHAT ABOUT A ROAD SIGN?

DO -- DO YOU REMEMBER SEEING ANY ROAD SIGNS?

UH, IT WAS, UM, BORO-SOMETHING.

SOUNDS LIKE THE LAST TOWN YOU WENT THROUGH WAS GREENSBORO.

[ SUSPENSEFUL MUSIC PLAYS ]

Narrator: REALIZING THAT AMANDA IS NOW IN NORTH CAROLINA, [SIREN WAILS] CAPTAIN NEW COORDINATES WITH THEIR STATE POLICE AND GUIDES THEM TO HER LOCATION.

[ SINISTER MUSIC PLAYS ]

I'D SAW THE HORRIFIC THINGS SHE COULD DO, THAT SHE'S CAPABLE OF.

I KNEW THAT MY PRIORITY ONE WAS TO GET HER INTO CUSTODY BEFORE ANYONE ELSE GOT HURT.

[ SUSPENSEFUL MUSIC CLIMBS ]

[ TIRES SCREECH ]

AMANDA TAYLOR, THIS IS THE STATE POLICE!

KEEP YOUR HANDS ON YOUR STEERING WHEEL.

PUT YOUR HANDS ON YOUR STEERING WHEEL!

I DIDN'T WANT HER TO DIE AND I KNEW THAT SHE WOULD GO TO JAIL FOREVER, BUT I-I WOULD RATHER HER BE IN JAIL THAN BE DEAD.

[ SUSPENSEFUL MUSIC CLIMBS ]

[ EERIE MUSIC CLIMBS ]

[ OMINOUS CHORD STRIKES ]

New: I WAS RELIEVED. THEY GOT HER INTO CUSTODY AND NOBODY LOST THEIR LIFE.

I DIDN'T KNOW WHAT HAD HAPPENED TO HER CO-CONSPIRATOR AND, UNTIL WE KNEW WHERE HE WAS, I WASN'T COMPLETELY RELIEVED.

ALL RIGHT, COME WITH ME.

BUT THEY WERE ABLE TO RETRACE HER STEPS AND THEY WERE ABLE TO FIND SEAN'S BODY.

[ OMINOUS MUSIC PLAYS ]

THE BULLET ACTUALLY WENT IN THROUGH SEAN'S JAW, EXITED THROUGH HIS NECK, AND LODGED IN HIS SHOULDER.

Narrator: INCREDIBLY, SEAN BALL IS STILL ALIVE

[SIRENS WAILING] AND IS RUSHED TO THE HOSPITAL, WHERE HE ULTIMATELY RECOVERS. [DOG BARKING]

AMANDA TAYLOR IS TAKEN INTO CUSTODY.

[ EERIE MUSIC PLAYS ]

New: I REMEMBER WATCHIN' HER ON THE CAMERA, SITTING THERE, AND SHE WAS JUST VERY STOIC, NO REAL EMOTION, JUST SITTING THERE.

[sobbing] OH, GOD.

REX, I MISS YOU.

I WANNA BE WITH REX.

[ EERIE MUSIC PLAYS ]

AAH-AH-AH! [asphyxiating]

HELP ME! OW! OW!

[THUDDING] UFF.

AHHH!

Narrator: AND THERE IS ONE MORE, GRUESOME DETAIL.

[SUSPENSEFUL MUSIC PLAYS] [TICKING]

BOTH AMANDA AND REX WERE BORN ON MARCH THE 27th AND SHE WANTED THAT TO BE THE TIME, SYMBOLICALLY, THAT CHARLES TAYLOR DIED.

[SINISTER MUSIC PLAYS] [TICKING]

Narrator: ON NOVEMBER 12, 2015, AMANDA TAYLOR IS SENTENCED TO LIFE IN PRISON WITHOUT THE POSSIBILITY OF PAROLE.

SEAN BALL PLEADS GUILTY TO FIRST-DEGREE MURDER.

HE GETS 41 YEARS IN PRISON.