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Old 02-19-2017, 06:08 PM   #91
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Just saw this case for the first time in a long time on Amazon. I can't believe UM fell for the snuff film nonsense. This is the kind of hysteria that led British MPs to think horror movies needed to be banned during the Video Nasties craze. Speaking of which, does anyone remember the horror movie "Snuff", which was just a repackaged Charles Manson movie (which was excruciatingly boring) that had some awful looking effects added at the end to make it look like the actors were being killed on camera. It had the tagline "A film that could only be made in South America where life is cheap" on the coverbox.

Anyway, I just can't believe police officials would think snuff films were real. Perhaps, as others have suggested in this thread, it was just a ploy to try and get some leads.

You have to remember that this segment aired in 1989, long before the internet was around to dispel these myths & people including law enforcement in most areas likely believed garbage like Geraldo's laughable Satanic show the year before, SRA, the church etc. There are still groups out there promoting SRA to health professionals, care workers & law enforcement.
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I understand what you're saying, but Satanic cults were the "hot topic" of the 1980's... of course they were going to play it up.

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Yeah, especially after that Geraldo special.


Oh man...that Geraldo special.
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https://www.deseretnews.com/article/...-HAS-DONE.html

This article was written just after the Rachael Runyan segment was filmed--the Unsolved Mysteries crew recounts "This is the most difficult story our crew has ever had to do." Very interesting.
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Oh man...that Geraldo special.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Urqiqjp4SMc
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https://www.deseretnews.com/article/...-HAS-DONE.html

This article was written just after the Rachael Runyan segment was filmed--the Unsolved Mysteries crew recounts "This is the most difficult story our crew has ever had to do." Very interesting.
I don't recall ever seeing a reenactment of the abduction. I'm wondering if it was either cut out for syndication or just entirely.

In any case, this is one of the most appalling crimes featured on the show. More recent articles have mentioned something about a suspect, so I'm hoping it will be solved soon.
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I don't recall ever seeing a reenactment of the abduction. I'm wondering if it was either cut out for syndication or just entirely.

There was no reenactment of the abduction, of the parents finding out of the abduction and of the discovery of the body...nothing. There was also no interviews with Rachel's mother or of her two brothers who witnessed the abduction.
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There was no reenactment of the abduction, of the parents finding out of the abduction and of the discovery of the body...nothing. There was also no interviews with Rachel's mother or of her two brothers who witnessed the abduction.

If anything, this would have been one of the easiest segments to film because it was so short. It just stated what law enforcement knew. It showed a picture of the note, a picture of Rachel and that was about it.
Okay, then the copies I've seen are the full segment. I guess they filmed it and then just decided to cut it (the abduction I mean), based on the article UMlover posted. Perhaps Rachel's family found it too painful to be interviewed on camera, too.
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Okay, then the copies I've seen are the full segment. I guess they filmed it and then just decided to cut it (the abduction I mean), based on the article UMlover posted. Perhaps Rachel's family found it too painful to be interviewed on camera, too.

I can see why they probably decided against showing a reenactment of the abduction given Rachel's age. It's kind of like the Nyleen Kay Marshall segment where the scene does a fade away transition before the man can reach her. It's got to be really difficult to instruct a 3 year old actress to portray the terrifying ordeal of being taken by a stranger.
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This one really does keep me up at night. What's so frustrating is the difficulty in sorting through leads to find out what's legit and what's a hoax.

Take the note in the restroom for instance--Satanic Panic was larely debunked, yes, but the thought of not following up on a (potentially) correct lead is harrowing. But you know, it could be a false lead I guess.

I can't decide what's more disturbing--murdering a 3-year-old girl or taking false credit for the act.
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People regularly make false claims-attention seekers, sad people who think they are being funny or clever-it often happens when there is a renewed police appeal for information in the media. This individual provided no new clues/stuff that the cops had withheld from the public, just some graffiti ala the stuff with Johnny Gosch. The cops have to follow up, but unless somebody else saw the person doing it then they have nothing to go on.
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