A Salem man who went on a killing spree in December 2002 will be profiled in a documentary scheduled to air tonight on the A&E network.
According to the network, Earl Forrest, a death row inmate, will reveal the “surprising reason” why he shot and killed several people, including a Dent County sheriff’s deputy, on the season finale of “The Killer Speaks” Thursday, May 9, at 9 p.m. It will also be rebroadcasted Friday, May 10, at 1 a.m.
The show’s website provided the following synopsis of the episode on Forrest: “Two weeks before Christmas, Earl Forrest burst into a friend’s house and gunned down two people in cold blood. Still thirsty for mayhem, Forrest then ambushed the deputies who came knocking, leaving four more people shot.”
In the preview clip of the episode, Forrest says, “These things were all beyond my control ... I’m like a split personality. I’m a nice guy, but I’m ... I’m mean.”
One of Forrest’s fatal shooting victims was JoAnn Barnes, a deputy and detective with the Dent County Sheriff’s Department.
Lois Lambiel, Barnes’ sister, said she recently received a call, letting her and her family know when the episode would air and that it would be graphic.
Lambiel said her family was shocked to hear that a TV show was being made about Forrest.
“My family went through a lot,” Lambiel said this week about the incident in 2002. “It was a bad deal for all of us.”
In addition to Barnes, Forrest shot and wounded Bob Wofford, who was the Dent County sheriff at the time. The two friends who Forrest killed were Harriet Sue “Tottie” Smith and Michael Raymond Wells.
A Platte County jury found Forrest guilty in the Dec. 9, 2002, murders of Smith, Wells and Barnes.
Forrest is currently serving three life sentences in the Potosi Correctional Center at Mineral Point. He is scheduled for execution in 2015.
According to the “The Killer Speaks” website, “Every murder leaves behind unanswered questions. What really happened during the murder? Why did he do it? What drove him to kill? Only two people truly know — the killer and the victim — and the victim cannot talk.”