Television Oddsmakers: Who Killed Rosie Larsen Week 1

AMC’s “The Killing” debuted last night and I must admit I quite enjoyed the first two hours.  Over the course of the next twelve weeks the question that will be on everybody’s mind is of course “who killed Rosie Larsen?”  Which means it’s time for Television Oddsmakers, your guide to the odds on who we think is responsible for the death of Rosie Larsen.

Jasper Ames – 75:1 – The obvious early choice.  Ames is the brooding, who-gives-a-crap ex-boyfriend of Rosie which can only mean that he is not the killer.  Ames screams red herring in the early going of the show.  Then again maybe semantics are getting in the way and if its not the ex-boyfriend actually doing the killing but may be partly responsible then the actual killer could be…

Michael Ames – 50:1 – Father of Jasper who has clearly seen his son get into trouble before.  Wealthy and well connected, would Michael be willing to help his son get out of trouble again by dispatching his problem?  Prone to outbursts and mild violence in the small amount of screen time that we have seen so far, Papa Ames is a figure to watch out for.

Bennet Ahmed – 30:1 – With so much of the early focus of the case in and around the school, particularly with the reveal of a potential crime scene in the basement of the school, Rosie’s teacher, a chaperone for the dance (the last time anyone saw Rosie alive), instantly becomes a suspect.  Albeit a suspect without much of a motive at this point.

Stephen Holder – 25:1 – The wildcard pick of the betting man, the co-detective investigating the case has some awfully interesting ties to the teenage underbelly of Seattle through his previous work on the narcotics squad.  His mildly sinister look and unknown past lends additional credence to this off-the-wall possibility.

Darren Richmond – 10:1 – The President of the Seattle City Council and mayoral candidate whose campaign car is at the center of the murder mystery.  Richmond is currently carrying on an affair with his campaign advisor and is a widower, his wife dying in a currently unspecified manner.

Jamie Wright – 8:1 – The campaign manager for Darren Richmond who suggested that the murder could be used for political gain.  An obvious motive, but perhaps a little too obvious.  Then again it seems like he would be willing to do just about anything for his boss.  As the campaign manager the missing car would be under his purview as well.

Gwen Eaton – 5:1 – The aforementioned campaign advisor of Richmond who is currently spending more of her time in his bedroom than she should be.

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