American Gothic: What’s it about?

On Wednesdays on CBS you can solve the case of The Silver Bell Murders, in a mystery that could be much more than it is. With a cast consisting of Anthony Starr (Banshee) and a handful of interesting women, among whom we find Stephanie Leonidas (Defiance) we could hope for some real action.


Creator Corinne Brinkerhoff (The Good Wife) has spun a story of complacent tempo. It might just be me, but I was expecting a more gritty story based off of the series logo. Now, we’re served a daylight drama with some dark undertones. I won’t give you any specifics, as I’m only two episodes in.


What we have in the limelight is the Hawthorne’s, a family  with dark secrets. The story being set in Boston revolves around a cold case gone warm. The police is investigating a serial killer who left silver bells by his victims as a calling card. The murders ended fourteen years ago, about the time when Garret Hawthorne (Starr)  left the family for undisclosed reasons. The family is built on wealth from the construction business, concrete is the money maker here.



Brian Long, 22 June 1999

Michael Reid, 1 January 2000

Camillia Morgan, 17 October 2000

Anita Sandoval, 3 May 2001

Samuel Altbrook, 2 November 2002

David Morales, 12 December 2002

All victims were from Boston’s rich and famous elite, painting the profile of someone holding a grudge to rich people. The use of a bell could be interpreted as the victims being lazy as they ring a bell to catch the attention of their staff or aids. It might also be a cue that their time is up…

family(Sophie Hawthorne,  Tom Price, Alison Hawthorne-Price, Garrett Hawthorne, Madeline Hawthorne, Mitchell Hawthorne, Jack Hawthorne, Cam Hawthorne, Tessa Ross, Brady Ross)

The suspects who will be presented over thirteen episodes are all quite capable of having committed murder given the right circumstances.

So, who dunnit?




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