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Old 09-17-2003, 10:32 PM   #91
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Composite,

The Marvin and Sandra Maple case (kidnapping grandparents) had the "song" much more prominent, than the "Son of Sam" episode. But, let me tell you, there's this little synth part that sounds like someone is screaming, and that's probably what makes it so damn creepy.

Was the guy who did the UM music ever in an industrial music band, cause he sure sounds like he should be in one.

EDIT: here's the All-Music entry. Somehow he's a NEW AGE artist!

http://www.allmusic.com/cg/amg.dll?p...=Buau06j8771u0

2nd EDIT: here's the guy who co-wrote the theme! What is the deal? (and these guys are the same ones making the UM music; there is a link to the Television's Greatest Themes Vol. 7 which includes the theme!)

http://www.allmusic.com/cg/amg.dll?p...=Bvrcibk09kakn
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Old 09-18-2003, 05:18 PM   #92
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I confess feeling a little strange reading this -- composite drawings just interest me, I used to think I'd like to be a police artist. I like to see how close they get to the real guy when they catch him. And I love the theme songs -- they're catchy. The original theme is best -- with that solid, practical rock beat underlying the oogy melodies and sound effects, it always gave me the impression of a tough, no-nonsense investigator looking into things like hauntings and disappearances, which is exactly what it is! And the "Update!" piece never reminded me of anything but an electronic piano trying to imitate a news teletype. No, what upset me most was the Korzilius murder, and it has to do with the "August 7" song. It's pure death rock.

Somebody knows something about that little girl. Rock and roll can be a very cruel, nasty business -- what goes on behind the scenes. Jon Bon Jovi may have enemies who wanted to strike at him through his publicist's family. I'm still waiting for someone to suggest that.

God, that little girl laid out so perfectly in the street, while Jon's wailing like a lost soul... I can't watch it without being haunted by it all afternoon. I downloaded the song to hear the whole thing, but I can't listen to it.
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Old 09-18-2003, 06:10 PM   #93
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composite sketch:

that "do do DO do do do DO" song you're speaking of is the one i was trying to describe in the murder of the female convenience store clerk, in an earlier post! rock on!

god i wish someone had mp3's of this stuff... it was so great. and i've mailed lifetime, the unsolved mysteries address, and cosgrove or whatever the production company was, and none of them can help. my last hope is finding gary remal malkin's mailing address for fan mail or something and see if he/they can help. just not finding any luck.
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Old 09-18-2003, 08:49 PM   #94
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And the "Update!" piece never reminded me of anything but an electronic piano trying to imitate a news teletype.
Well, the "old" update theme (which is the one I call the jazz version of the UM theme-one of the synths seem to imitate a saxophone) isn't really that scary. The one used in the 1991-present updates is much more (which I call the wailing Update theme-there is a creepy wailing sound made by the synth).

Commander, I remember the case you talk about, but not the music. Instead I remember the creepy composite of the guy in a Megadeth T-Shirt.

I'm hoping that Lametime decides to show the Rest Stop Killer case sometime, because I really would like to see the sketch again. I remember being terrified of it, but I only saw the case one time. Please don't post any websites or the sketch here! I honestly want Robert Stack narrarting and that horrifying "New Age Artist" Gary Remal Malkin music behind it.





Creepy cases though? Three words. SON OF SAM.

EDIT: Well my opinion changed, once again. On tonight's episode there was this Special Alert (which are always creepy) about this old lady who was kidnapped from her house. A ransom call was made to her husband demanding money or that her head would be split open into two! Well, they showed an update, which scared the p**s out of me, that the lady had been raped and murdered by her neighbor! And the even more sad thing, was that she was buried right down the creep's driveway.

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Old 09-19-2003, 03:58 PM   #95
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was this the rich older man? with the van spotted in the neighborhood? i think i remember that one. another one that just scared me to death was the torso slayer case. some of the newspaper ads they used, and the music they used just did me in. there was this one newspaper clipping they showed with this horrendous ink-looking drawing of the torso slayer hunched over something... it started out really close to the screen then backed up. that, and they played some very abrasive scary music right when it popped up. scary.

someone who can do it should seriously try to capture some of this music on their puter. i want it all! like i said before, it'd be great for halloween when all the kiddies are getting candy from my roommate and i. *heh heh heh*
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Well, the "old" update theme (which is the one I call the jazz version of the UM theme-one of the synths seem to imitate a saxophone) isn't really that scary. The one used in the 1991-present updates is much more (which I call the wailing Update theme-there is a creepy wailing sound made by the synth).
I've tried to remember what it sounds like, but I must have completely missed it. Hard to believe... I can think of the update theme where the synthesizer evokes news teletypes and Morse code, and I know what you mean about Bob practically shouting "Update!" -- he sounds so excited, I always expect something amazing. (They never give enough details on those updates. "Motley Flurgle has been found! He was living in Algeria and working in an oil change place. He has been extradited to the United States and will stand trial for his part in the Qwertyuiop Diamond Robbery..." What the hell was he doing in Algeria? They never tell you!)

I'm going to have to listen for that one the next time they have Unsolved Mysteries.. ... if it doesn't get pre-empted for some dumb show about weddings in inflatable chapels!
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Can anyone post the original airdate the Rest Stop Killer segemnt aired on UM?
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*checks the episode guide now conveniently linked at the top of the board*

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Oops. I was looking for it, but gave up around 1992 on the episode guide. Thanks Composite.

Wow. 1993! I could have sworn that was when UM got less creepy...
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it was mr.roboto, but there was still time for creepiness!
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Oooh! Thought of another creepy piece of music. It's been mentioned before, but there was this case where these two guys, one white and one black, kidnapped this old postal worker lady; can't remember her first name, but her last name was Johnson. Thankfully, she survived...

But, let me tell you, when they showed the composites of the kidnappers, there was this horrible synth that went DO DO DUMMMMMMMMMM and just continued on, even as they showed Robert Stack speaking the last lines of the segment. The case is on the episode guide above, under "Postal Crimes", but let me tell you, it's less scarier without the music.

Another scary thing I've been dying to mention, is that sometimes I hear these little analomies. For example, in one episode, when the segment ended, right before they were going to tell what case was next, for a milli-second, I heard this guy's voice, and it scared the crap out of me. I don't know where it came from, but I imagine it was probably bleedthrough from the tapes that UM made. Another example I can think of, is when the UM P. O. Box screen was shown on the Gordon Page, Jr. case, the quiet music ended, and for some reason I could hear the bleedthrough of the UM theme! Creeepy...
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Oooh! Thought of another creepy piece of music. It's been mentioned before, but there was this case where these two guys, one white and one black, kidnapped this old postal worker lady; can't remember her first name, but her last name was Johnson. Thankfully, she survived...
At first I read this and thought "oh, another case I missed". Then it just *struck* me. Didn't they take her out of town and lock her in a car trunk? Or am I completely off my rocker?
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okay, i know it was a more recent one, but this one scared the poo out of me... this girl was home alone and her house got broken into by two guys and a couple girls... the two guys had these masks on, and it was horrific.

one of the robbers was trying to help the girl as much as he could, but got yelled at or something... i forget. i believe that the cops thought that she was hiding something from them. that one was kinda creepy.

and as i type this, i thought of another one. it was a ghost one... this little girl could see dead people and in one of the scenes this guy just stood behind her... eek!
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At first I read this and thought "oh, another case I missed". Then it just *struck* me. Didn't they take her out of town and lock her in a car trunk? Or am I completely off my rocker?
Yes, you are right Composite, she was taken out of town and put in a trunk. Scary case!
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I wish I could see that case again. I remember that the white kidnapper's sketch was just your typical sketch, weird but not too creepy, but the black guy's sketch.... yikes! Didn't he have dreadlocks?
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