|Embark on the intense investigation to
catch the most terrifying serial arsonist in US history. Witness the
unfolding events, the motivations and most surprisingly, the dilemma
his family faced when confronted with the evidence against their son.
The true story of a family faced with a heartbreaking decision.
Basis for the CBS movie-of-the-week, "Not Our Son". Also featured
on Dateline NBC.
As a youth, Paul Keller was fascinated by disaster, often arriving
at fire scenes on his bike before the fire trucks came. He was a
loner at school and a trouble maker at home. But as an adult, Keller
looked like a model citizen. He was a successful advertising executive,
attended church and even tried out for firefighting positions twice,
narrowly missing the cut. He was well-known by local firefighters
as a friend and community leader. Secretly, however he was living
a life of alcoholism and deception.
Then one night in 1992, 27-year-old Paul Keller began his reign
of terror. Night after night firefighters responded to bursts of
arson fires which began to develop with unnerving similarity. Community
vigilantes patrolled their streets through the nights, fearful of
becoming the next victims. Churches, nursing facilities, homes,
warehouses, businesses; all exploded into flames with an eerie persistence.
Arson Task Force Investigators went through one false lead after
another as they relentlessly closed in on their prime suspect. Soon
after they released the psychological profile and composite sketches,
Paul's own family uncovered the evidence which confirmed their suspicions
and cracked the case. After an intense personal struggle, Paul's
father led investigators to his arrest.
Portrait of a Serial Arsonist: The Paul Keller Story is a compelling
true story offering the first real look inside the mind of the USís
most terrifying arsonist, responsible for the deaths of at least
3 people, nearly 100 fires and damage estimated at more than $35
Embark on an intense emotional journey through the havoc wreaked
on his victims and his own family. Follow the path of investigators
as they unravel the mystery surrounding the series of fires in the
communities he stalked. Hear victims recount the terror as flames
engulfed their homes, businesses and churches. Relive one familyís
nightmare as they discover that the person responsible is their
own son and brother, forcing them into the most difficult moral
dilemma a family could face.
In this rare behind-the scenes production, true crime documentary
producer Brian Halquist and producer/director Michael Lienau capture
the unfolding events following the arrest of the arsonist through
his sentencing. Hosted by Grant Goodeve (TVís Eight is Enough, Northern
Exposure) this riveting documentary includes exclusive interviews
with arsonist Paul Keller, his defense attorney and prosecutors,
making it a powerful learning experience for viewers as they discover
the surprising story of obsession and pain behind the crime of arson.
Most people convicted of crimes of this magnitude never admit to
their guilt, and of those that do, most never tell the entire truth.
Paul Keller is different. From the time of his arrest he cooperated
only with authorities. He has now told the producers the details
of his life: his thoughts, feelings and reasons for setting the
fires. Kellerís attorney and psychiatrist have also allowed Halquist
and Lienau to sit in on all of their conversations and interaction
with Paul, making this documentary the most insightful and comprehensive
look into the mind of a series arsonist ever produced.