The documentary team had exclusive access to 120 minutes of the UK police audio interview with Kieran Kelly that forms the basis of the key drama element of this production. Actor Ned Dennehy plays Kelly in a dramatisation of his extraordinary confession. Using Kieran Kelly’s own voice, Ned lip-synchs his performance, bringing to life this incredible scene of a serial killer describing his crimes.
In addition to this dramatised confession, the documentary series had access to an expert team of investigators and documentary makers who have accumulated over eight years of research on the life and exploits of serial killer Kieran Kelly. The contributors to the documentary also include a builder who employed Kelly as a casual labourer over several years, unaware of his murderous activity but wary of his explosive temper and a forensic psychologist has studied the audio tapes to explore the motivation behind Kelly’s crimes and to find clues to his personality and character.
Robert Mulhern, author of The Secret Serial Killer: The True Story of Kieran Kelly was also interviewed for the programme. He says: “Is Kieran Kelly spinning the police a story? Is he a manipulator? Is Kelly completely mad? On the other hand, is he trying to admit crimes that he didn’t commit in order to confuse the police investigation in the hope that his whole story becomes so unreliable that they can’t convict him on any crime.”
Watch The Nobody Zone– Interview with an Irish Serial Killer on Monday November 6th and 13th November at 9.35pm on RTÉ One and RTÉ Player.