I've written crime stories since the early 1980s... about wrongful allegations of child sexual abuse; repressed memory cases; children killing other children; women serial killers, notably Aileen Wuornos, and then the case of Doug Clark, a convicted serial killer now on death row in California....See clip to the right.
A 60-minute Discovery Channel documentary appeared in 2017, produced by Vanity Fair Confidential /TrueEntertainment. This was based on the story I wrote for Vanity Fair in 1990, about Clark and his one-time lover, Carol Bundy. I have long argued that Clark needs a new trial. This documentary is not an accurate rendering of the case, not least because it leaves out the failing of police to solve the case weeks before Carol Bundy turned herself into police. She admitted to several murders but claimed she was under the spell of Clark.
Whatever other crimes he committed, including the complete corruption of an 11-year-old girl, Clark was probably not the serial killer Bundy claimed. He died of natural causes at San Quentin in October, 2023.