“Those Who Kill”
April 18, 2014
A+E Networks’ freshman drama series “Those Who Kill” is based on a Danish crime series that was inspired by best-selling author Elsebeth Egholm’s work. The show follows Pittsburgh homicide detective Catherine Jensen (Chloë Sevigny) as she solves various murder cases with the help of forensic psychologist Thomas Schaeffer (James D’Arcy). Aside from those that come across her desk, she is particularly fixated on solving one case that has intensely personal meaning. The disappearance of her brother years prior continues to haunt her, and she suspects that her stepfather is a serial killer. Both she and Thomas grapple with getting too emotionally entrenched in their work as they continue to solve their grisly cases.
While professional detective attire serves as a general framework for Catherine’s wardrobe, “Those Who Kill” Costume Designer Kathryn Morrison says that she takes a great pleasure in putting together outfits that have a more personal flair and give viewers an insight into the character’s history. The past is provided only in snippets, Morrison explains, so visual cues give the audience a more complete insight into Catherine’s persona.
“I was told that she was a rebellious teenager, into metal–heavy metal and black metal and punk,” Morrison explains. “She was someone who would go into the mosh pit. So when we have her in casual wear, we use the opportunity to [allude to] that.”
For instance, the designer tracked down a great one-of-a-kind, ‘90s black leather jacket in North Hollywood and enlisted the help of an artist to paint the back with a band insignia. “The thing about leather jackets nowadays is that they are smaller, perfectly fitted, whereas this one is a little looser—so it truly looks like something she has owned for a long time and still wears out,” Morrison says of the authentic look.
The jacket has emerged in scenes where Catherine is off duty and donning casual wear, which also includes skinny jeans and a heavy-looking boot. Consumed by the pressures of her career and grim family history, Catherine is preoccupied, and these details are symbolic of her generally withdrawn, antisocial demeanor.
“It’s an important part of who she is and tells a story,” Morrison says. “As the show goes on, hopefully we’ll get to see more of who she really was when she was younger.”
“Those Who Kill” airs Sundays at 10/9 c on LMN.