Man Dressed as Freddy Krueger Shoots Five at Texas Halloween Party

(Photo Credit: New Line Cinema)
(Photo Credit: New Line Cinema)

Fox 29 reports that five people were shot early Sunday morning at a Halloween party in San Antonio, Texas after two men allegedly arrived uninvited and engaged in an argument with the homeowner.

After being asked to leave, one of the suspects – who was reportedly dressed as Freddy Krueger of A Nightmare on Elm Street fame – pulled out a shotgun and opened fire.

Four men and one woman were wounded. The female was transported to University Hospital after getting into an accident while attempting to drive way. The other four victims are also hospitalized.

The suspects remain at large.

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Press Release: DOC NYC Film Festival Running November 10-17

doc_photoDOC NYC, America’s largest documentary festival, runs November 10-17 at the IFC Center, Cinepolis Chelsea and the SVA Theatre. The 7th annual festival includes 110 feature-length documentaries (and 102 shorts) and will showcase over 250 films and events overall, with more than 300 filmmakers and special guests appearing in person. The festival also features DOC NYC PRO—a series of in-depth panels and masterclasses—and the Visionaries Tribute awards ceremony honoring major figures in the field of nonfiction film. DOC NYC is produced by the IFC Center.

Complete program & ticket info:
www.docnyc.net

Please note the following DOC NYC films about True Crime:

AMANDA KNOX, Dirs. Brian McGinn, Rod Blackhurst (Short List)

The 2007 murder of British exchange student Meredith Kercher in Perugia, Italy is a case study in the vagaries of crime and punishment. Seattle native Amanda Knox was convicted for the crime and spent four years in prison before being exonerated. This gripping, atmospheric film revisits the story with unprecedented access to its key players and poses troubling questions as to why both the legal system and outside observers got so much wrong. Courtesy of Netflix. (90 min.) In person: Directors Brian McGinn, Rod Blackhurst

FRI. NOV. 11, 5:45 PM (Cinepolis Chelsea, 260 W. 23rd St.)
WED. NOV. 16, 9:55 PM (Cinepolis Chelsea, 260 W. 23rd St.)

Trailer: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mRLt2xBpQbQ
Website:
https://www.netflix.com/title/80081155

BEWARE THE SLENDERMAN, Dir. Irene Taylor Brodsky (True Crime)

NYC PREMIERE – Offering a sensitive investigation of a disturbing true-life crime, Irene Taylor Brodsky chronicles the 2014 case of a pair of 12-year-old Wisconsin girls who attempted to murder their friend to appease the Slenderman, an Internet bogeyman they were convinced otherwise would harm their families. In the wake of this strange crime, the girls’ parents and authorities try to make sense of this Web legend and how quickly and firmly it became cemented in the minds of impressionable young people. Courtesy of HBO Documentary Films. (112 min.) In person: Director Irene Taylor Brodsky, subject Gladys Mae Murphy, moderator CNN’s Brian Stelter

SAT. NOV. 12, 6:45 PM (SVA Theatre, 333 W. 23rd St.)

Website: http://www.vermilionpictures.com

O.J.: MADE IN AMERICA, Dir. Ezra Edelman (Short List)

More than 20 years after the media spectacle of the “trial of the century,” O.J. Simpson continues to fascinate the public. In this expansive, ambitious and provocative project, Ezra Edelman revisits not only the murder of Simpson’s ex-wife and its infamous aftermath, but the story of O.J.’s entire life, before and after. Encompassing America’s complicated relationship to race, celebrity, crime and the media, his rags to-riches-to-infamy story becomes, at the same time, a study of the history of race relations in Los Angeles, with ripple effects felt across the country. Courtesy of ESPN Films. (467 min.) In person: Director Ezra Edelman

Note: This program will screen in two parts on the same day, separated by an intermission.

MON. NOV. 14, 10:00 AM (IFC Center, 323 6th Ave.)
Trailer: http://www.espn.com/video/clip?id=17563712

Website: http://www.espn.com/30for30/ojsimpsonmadeinamerica

THE PROMISE, Dirs. Marcus Vetter, Karin Steinberger (True Crime)

NYC PREMIERE – On March 30, 1985, a small Virginia community was shocked by the brutal murders of wealthy residents Derek and Nancy Haysom. Suspicion soon fell on their daughter Elizabeth and her boyfriend Jens Söring, the son of a German diplomat. After a high-profile, televised trial – the first of its kind – the prosecution felt that justice had been served. But Elizabeth’s and Jens’s versions differ wildly, encompassing dark family secrets, selfless love and broken promises – leading to an indictment of the American justice system. What really happened on that fateful night, and why? (117 min.) In person: Director Karin Steinberger

SUN. NOV. 13, 8:45 PM (IFC Center, 323 6th Ave.)

Trailer: https://vimeo.com/162804389
Website:
http://www.promise-movie.com

UNSEEN, Dir. Laura Paglin (True Crime)

NYC PREMIERE – After a two-year period during which numerous African-American women were reported missing in Cleveland’s crime-ridden Mount Pleasant neighborhood, a reported rape leads police to a grisly discovery: a serial killer, ex-convict Anthony Sowell, operating virtually in plain sight. Why had police failed to investigate the missing-persons cases? Why did neighbors turn a blind eye to Sowell’s activities? Using the wrenching testimony of survivors, Unseen poses disturbing but necessary questions about marginalized lives and criminal justice. (77 min.) In person: Director Laura Paglin

FRI. NOV. 11, 9:45 PM (Cinepolis Chelsea, 260 W. 23rd St.)
THU. NOV. 17, 12:30 PM (IFC Center, 323 6th Ave.)

Clip: https://vimeo.com/183226934
Website:
http://unseendocumentary.com

Canadian Nurse Charged in Eight Drug-Induced Deaths

(Photo Credit: The Canadian Press/HO-Citynews Toronto)
(Photo Credit: The Canadian Press/HO-Citynews Toronto)

CBSNews.com reports that a nurse has been charged in connection with the deaths of eight nursing home residents in southwestern Ontario spanning a seven-year period.

49-year-old Elizabeth Wettlaufer is accused of administering a drug to cause the deaths of eight victims from 2007 to 2014. She has been charged with first-degree murder in the killings.

Authorities did not reveal a motive for the murders.

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Manhunt Continues for Suspected Oklahoma Double-Murderer (Updated)

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Michael Vance Jr.

A manhunt is on for a 38-year-old Oklahoma man suspected of killing his aunt and uncle after shooting another woman and wounding two police officers responding to the murder scene, reports CBSNews.com.

Police say Michael Vance Jr. is wanted on multiple charges, including two counts of first-degree murder.

In addition to murdering his aunt and uncle, Vance attempted to decapitate the couple, according to authorities. He had stolen a patrol car earlier in the day after shooting the officers. One person was arrested at the scene.

Vance is also suspected of shooting a man in the leg during an attempted carjacking Monday morning.

Police also believe Vance posted two social media videos documenting his run from authorities.

Vance is described as being 5’11” and weighing 212 pounds. He is believed to be driving a silver 2007 Mitsubishi Eclipse with the Oklahoma license plate 943LQQ.

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(Update: CBSNews.com reports that Vance was killed on the evening of October 30 during a shootout with police)

Two Arrests Made in Murder of Georgia Teen

Sam Poss
Sam Poss

The Telegraph reports that two teens are being held in custody in connection with the slaying of Perry, Georgia high school graduate Sam Poss. Charged with murder are 17-year-old Dakota White and 18-year-old Brandon Warren.

Poss’ body was discovered in the woods near Lake Joy last Wednesday evening after being reported missing. An autopsy revealed the teen died of suffocation and strangulation.

Investigators have not released a motive for the murder, but police say Poss and White were friends, and the victim was reportedly last seen at White’s home.

Authorities are currently investigating social media posts linked to the suspects which they believe are connected to Poss’ murder.

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Arrest Made in 1989 Murder of Kansas Teen

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Sarah Jo DeLeon

KCTV reports that 48-year-old Carolyn Heckert was arrested in Missouri yesterday in connection with the 1989 slaying of Sarah Jo DeLeon, a 19-year-old college student whose body was discovered near railroad tracks in Kansas City, Kansas.

Advancements in DNA collection and testing technology prompted authorities to reopen the DeLeon case in 2014.

Investigators believe DeLeon’s murder could be related to another killing as well as a 1987 abduction, but did not say why they feel the cases may be related.

Heckert is being held on $1 million bond.

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True Crime Factor Interview: Nancy Jo Sales

bling_ring_coverFrom 2008 to 2009, a group comprised of eight teenagers and young adults burglarized the homes of numerous celebrities in and around Calabasas, California. Over a believed period of ten months, the thieves – dubbed “The Bling Ring” by media outlets – robbed a string of A-list Hollywood stars including Paris Hilton, Megan Fox and Lindsay Lohan of cash and belongings totalling approximately $3,000,000.

The Bling Ring’s reign of greed and excess would come to a crashing halt following the arrest of Nick Prugo, whose face had been captured on surveillance at Lohan’s home. Six other Ring participants – Rachel Lee, Alexis Neiers, Diana Tamayo, Courtney Ames, Johnny Ajar and Roy Lopez Jr. – would eventually be arrested and charged in connection to the robberies. Their punishments ranged from probation and community service to time behind bars.

The Bling Ring‘s crimes received extensive media coverage due to the celebrity status of the victims. Award-winning journalist and author Nancy Jo Sales began reporting on the case shortly following the arrests of Ring members. Her February 2010 Vanity Fair piece, “The Suspects Wore Louboutins,” would eventually lead to Sales penning a book on the story titled The Bling Ring: How a Gang of Fame-Obsessed Teens Ripped Off Hollywood and Shocked the World. A film helmed by renowned director Sofia Coppola based on the article was released in 2013.

Nancy Jo Sales kindly spoke with me on the morning of October 13 to discuss the Bling Ring case and her book documenting the story. Purchasing information for The Bling Ring is available here.

Sales’ latest book, American Girls: Social Media and the Secret Lives of Teenagers, can be purchased at this link.

You can visit Nancy Jo Sales online at NancyJoSales.com, follow her on Twitter under the handle @NancyJoSales and find her Facebook page here.

Please click on the “Play” icon below to hear the interview: