CSRA serial killer Reinaldo Rivera will be the focus of an episode of “Southern Fried Homicide” on Investigation Discovery tonight.
Rivera was convicted in January 2004 of malice murder, three counts of rape, four counts of aggravated sodomy, four counts of aggravated assault, burglary and possession of a knife during the commission of a crime. He was sentenced to death.
He was originally tried for the September 2000 murder of 21-year-old Ft. Gordon Sgt. Marni Glista, and later admitted to the murders of 17-year-old Tabitha Bosdell, 17-year-old Tiffaney Wilson and 17-year-old Melissa Dingess. Wilson and Dingess were residents of Aiken County.
The episode will air at 10 p.m. on Investigation Discovery. Investigation Discovery is channel 151 on Atlantic Broadband’s Digital Plus service.
A film crew recorded at locations around the Summerville Campus of Georgia Regents University, at an area bed and breakfast, and with the Richmond County Sheriff’s Office over two days in February, according to Georgia Regents University.
Dr. Kim Davies, professor and chair of sociology, criminal justice, and social work at Georgia Regents, will appear in the episode.
“The case is one familiar to those who were in Augusta in the early 2000s. Reinaldo Rivera was accused of killing four local women in South Carolina and Georgia. He was found guilty of killing one, but confessed to killing the three others,” Davies said. “He also attacked another who survived and helped the police find him. I sat in on the trial, and it was interesting to see Rivera try to control his case. It was in the headlines every day.”
“‘Southern Fried Homicide’ probes the juiciest stories from down in the Bible Belt, from the Carolinas to Louisiana and Tennessee ... (It) proves that ugliness lurks behind Southern beauty when cracks in moral society give way to cold-blooded murder,” according to Investigation Discovery.