The offer on the table, then, was for 12. Brancaccio: We always thought of it as a little urban legend, this axe wielding boogeyman for little kids. Meals were stuffed through a slot in a steel door. Most ambitiously, they climbed the generous fruit trees that leaned from a neighbor's house into the yard and picked apples and pears. That, for Raley, was the decisive factor. It was also the day he was transferred from the maximum-security state prison to the newly built Tamms Correctional Center, the now-notorious supermax facility reserved for the worst of the state's violent criminals. He will become eligible for parole in 2037, when he will be 93 years old.
It doesn't bother me at all. Cropsey tells the stories of five children, many of them developmentally disabled, who disappeared from Staten Island in the late 70s and 80s. People were odd and especially in America or were they? We had to gain the trust of the people we were trying to interview. Neither was known to have exhibited many of the tell-tale signs, vlado Taneski, a crime reporter, was a career journalist who was caught after a series of articles he wrote gave clues that he had murdered people. Andre's specimen failed to grow E.
By the time Rand got back to us, it had been a longer period of time. After an hour and a half of vague misleading weasel words and hinting at nothing, you end up right where you started. Rand is serving consecutive 25-years-to-life sentences for two kidnapping convictions. He says that his constant attempts to protect himself—and to send other prisoners a message—resulted in a mind-set that repeatedly got him in trouble. When Rand got up, he noticed that Brianna and Simon had gotten into the fridge; Brianna had spilled some juice. In 1972, Geraldo Rivera got his big break by doing an exposé on the school, showing its deplorable conditions.
I felt pretty knowledgeable about the cases after watching the documentary. Why are you going to tell this story now? That leaves one overpowering question: Should circumstantial evidence alone be admissible in court? She stated that she never believed Sal really had Holly; by this time, she thought Holly was dead. What is in the forefront is the fate of Willowbrook and by extension the other mental health institutions in this country. Not sure if that says more about the searcher or us. It was like a weekend film for years. Rand was questioned, but no charges were brought. Her parents filed a missing persons report and a search was issued.
Brancaccio: It is clear in the film. Becky thought he was having an epileptic seizure. Official website Cropsey at the Internet Movie Database Cropsey at Rotten Tomatoes 11. He looks crazy retarded only because he was doped up in hopes that he would come clean. So we had been talking and reminiscing about Jennifer Schweiger and Andre Rand and the whole thing that happened in the Willowbrook mental institution and we went back and everything in the woods was still there, nothing had changed in twenty years since we had left Staten Island. Prosecutors decided in May of this year not to contest Andre's appeal for an innocence certificate, though with a caveat. In the months after my visit with Andre, Emma told me, she saw more of her son's anger emerge.
She argued that the judge was essentially inventing an alternate theory—that Andre had assisted in the rape and murder of Brianna, rather than carrying out the crime on his own. Her mother sent her to the Port Richmond Deli two blocks away to purchase a bar of Ivory soap, and she was last seen buying it. Phone records were checked, however, and no calls had been made from Andre's friend's house that day, according to testimony from an employee of the Eastern Illinois Telephone Company the employee also testified that, if it had been a collect call, no record would exist. Since 1996, the Wayback Machine has been archiving cached pages of websites onto its large cluster of Linux nodes and it revisits sites every few weeks or months and archives a new version. Attempts to reach Brianna's mother and stepfather, Becky and Rand Spragg, were unsuccessful.
Rand has certainly not done himself any favors in the time following his initial arrest. He still had a shred of dignity left. Andre, like most inmates, had no money to pay a lawyer. Robert Kennedy to call it a snake pit, public outcry led to its closure in 1987, and to federal civil rights legislation protecting people with disabilities. Why do I get he feeling that there has been a massive injustice here. What's more, two juries had decided against the death penalty for Andre.
Since the states inception, New Jersey has been characterized by ethnic, New England Congregationalists settled alongside Scots Presbyterians and Dutch Reformed migrants 5. The Spanish—American War and World War I confirmed the status as a global military power. So it was very quick from the time we showed interest to the time that we started. In 1987, 12 year old Jennifer Schweiger with Down Syndrome disappeared. Among these were Andre Rand. It straddles the boundary between Newark and Elizabeth, New Jersey, the airport is owned by the city of Newark and leased to and operated by the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey.
He was shaking and crying, borderline hysterical, and dropped the glass of Kool-Aid he was drinking on the front porch. In all, police suspected 7 children were the victims of the same serial killer. . In 1981, 7-year-old Holly Ann Hughes did not return home after going to the store to get a bar of soap with her friend. Overall they ended up with very little in terms of exploration of 'Cropsey'. If you've ever been to camp and been spooked the local ghost story,been terrorized by a mythic murderer in the woods, or ventured into the forest at night Blair Witch style and left genuinely terrified, you must see this documentary.