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Old 04-28-2021, 03:17 PM   #46
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Thank you, Dynoguy. I definitely need to make the trip out to the schoolhouse.
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thanks for sharing that dynoguy, I wish I could 'like' posts here. Interesting video!
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The Dennis Depue segment absolutely would be in my hall of fame. Even though I know how it ends, I still watch it in full any time I come across it.
Speaking of the Dennis Depue segment, I turned on Investigation Discovery yesterday and was shocked to see one of their programs covering this very case. The show is called, ‘Man with a Van.’ They’ve released 6 episodes (all available on Demand) and the episode that focuses on Depue is called, “Road Rage.” It first aired in March of last year.

https://www.investigationdiscovery.c...odes/road-rage

There were interviews with a former writer for a Coldwater Newspaper, the principal of Coldwater High School and coworker of Marilyn, and Ray Thornton, who surprisingly looks very similar today as he did when he was interviewed 30 years ago on UM.

Check it out. There are some cringeworthy acting performances, particularly by the people who were portraying the Thorntons and the confrontation between Marilyn and Dennis is not nearly as intense and graphic as the UM segment. But we do learn a couple of little factoids. When Dennis sits down to watch his own segment on UM, they refer to it as a crime show because of copyright, I guess.
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Hank Queen should go down in the hall of fame as best alias.
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"I don't particularly care for fruit cake but they were absolutely delicious to be honest"

"Jane.. you're gonna die"

"...and I'm Michael Jordan and I used to play for the Chicago Bulls"

"..a college professor? Where did you meet a college professor?" cracks me up everytime the sarcasm delivered was funny
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Hank Queen should go down in the hall of fame as best alias.
definitely, that is one hell of an alias. I nominate Todd Mueller's 15 ID cards that were taken from him.
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James Pearson, who saved Mitchell Shigemoto's life and was so happy and touched when he found out he was being searched for. A true American hero.

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absolutely, I love that segment. hard not to cry when I watch it. Also love the fritz and the soldiers segment from WW2.
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Awwww... thanks Meg!

I see you were already nominated, so I will only add my hearty "Hear, hear!" to your own nomination and the nomination of all the other worthies.

And I am like only 13 months late in noticing this thread...

Personal HOF would probably include the Sara Jo segment, that segment drove my interest in the show for years. I feel like there are number of composite sketches worthy of induction. And Chaim Weiss.
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Speaking of the Dennis Depue segment, I turned on Investigation Discovery yesterday and was shocked to see one of their programs covering this very case. The show is called, ‘Man with a Van.’ They’ve released 6 episodes (all available on Demand) and the episode that focuses on Depue is called, “Road Rage.” It first aired in March of last year.

https://www.investigationdiscovery.c...odes/road-rage

There were interviews with a former writer for a Coldwater Newspaper, the principal of Coldwater High School and coworker of Marilyn, and Ray Thornton, who surprisingly looks very similar today as he did when he was interviewed 30 years ago on UM.

Check it out. There are some cringeworthy acting performances, particularly by the people who were portraying the Thorntons and the confrontation between Marilyn and Dennis is not nearly as intense and graphic as the UM segment. But we do learn a couple of little factoids. When Dennis sits down to watch his own segment on UM, they refer to it as a crime show because of copyright, I guess.
I need to find this episode. This is a crazy ass case.

Is this supposed to be Ray Thornton? Awesome.
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I need to find this episode. This is a crazy ass case.

Is this supposed to be Ray Thornton? Awesome.
I watched this episode just to see ID’s handling of the case, which was pretty standard. UM’s interpretation was so much more atmospheric and scary.
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I watched this episode just to see ID’s handling of the case, which was pretty standard. UM’s interpretation was so much more atmospheric and scary.
Standard is putting it nicely. Everything is watered down in terms of creepiness and suspense. Some things are completely omitted like Dennis trying to keep his girlfriend from seeing the TV set because of the UM broadcast. In 'Man with a Van's' interpretation, Dennis is watching the UM segment in his bedroom, he hears the girlfriend enter the house and then they draw out the scene for suspense as if he's contemplating killing the girlfriend.

Ray and Marie Thornton's experience and everything they witnessed was pretty damn scary. But this episode almost seems to treat them as comic relief. From the wardrobe they had the actors wear to the dialogue they gave them while driving right before Dennis pulled up behind them ("maybe I'll wear a speedo on our next vacation to the beach!") What the hell? And them stopping at a random house to call the police and rambling to the home owner what they saw was actually kind of funny in how weird it was.

The episode was weak at best. The only interesting things was finding out some never before known facts like...

1. The Texas girlfriend actually hired a private investigator to find any information on Dennis at one point because he was so secretive. But this was before the internet and no information could be found about a man named 'Hank Queen.'

2. The police eventually drove to the Thorntons home and thanked them personally for reporting everything they witnessed. They believed Dennis would have gone back home and killed the three children because they were witnesses to the crime but the police being called right away stopped that from ever happening.

3. In his rambling letters, Dennis blamed Marilyn's coworkers for helping destroy his marriage. As a result of that, they were given round the clock protection from the police because they feared Dennis would try to kill them too.

4. No updates were ever given on the three DePue children; Jennifer, Julie and Scott. It would have been nice to know how they have coped and gone on with their lives since the ordeal.
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Standard is putting it nicely. Everything is watered down in terms of creepiness and suspense. Some things are completely omitted like Dennis trying to keep his girlfriend from seeing the TV set because of the UM broadcast. In 'Man with a Van's' interpretation, Dennis is watching the UM segment in his bedroom, he hears the girlfriend enter the house and then they draw out the scene for suspense as if he's contemplating killing the girlfriend.

Ray and Marie Thornton's experience and everything they witnessed was pretty damn scary. But this episode almost seems to treat them as comic relief. From the wardrobe they had the actors wear to the dialogue they gave them while driving right before Dennis pulled up behind them ("maybe I'll wear a speedo on our next vacation to the beach!") What the hell? And them stopping at a random house to call the police and rambling to the home owner what they saw was actually kind of funny in how weird it was.

The episode was weak at best. The only interesting things was finding out some never before known facts like...

1. The Texas girlfriend actually hired a private investigator to find any information on Dennis at one point because he was so secretive. But this was before the internet and no information could be found about a man named 'Hank Queen.'

2. The police eventually drove to the Thorntons home and thanked them personally for reporting everything they witnessed. They believed Dennis would have gone back home and killed the three children because they were witnesses to the crime but the police being called right away stopped that from ever happening.

3. In his rambling letters, Dennis blamed Marilyn's coworkers for helping destroy his marriage. As a result of that, they were given round the clock protection from the police because they feared Dennis would try to kill them too.

4. No updates were ever given on the three DePue children; Jennifer, Julie and Scott. It would have been nice to know how they have coped and gone on with their lives since the ordeal.


What stuck out for me regarding #2 was if it was premeditated, was he going to take the children and either take off with them or kill them as some sort of revenge plot against Marilyn? Was he going to kill the entire family?

On UM, the daughter called the sheriff while DD was still at the house but on MWAV, they weren't called until afterwards.

Yeah, loved the "accents" on MWAV. Southern MI does NOT sound like that.
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Standard is putting it nicely. Everything is watered down in terms of creepiness and suspense. Some things are completely omitted like Dennis trying to keep his girlfriend from seeing the TV set because of the UM broadcast. In 'Man with a Van's' interpretation, Dennis is watching the UM segment in his bedroom, he hears the girlfriend enter the house and then they draw out the scene for suspense as if he's contemplating killing the girlfriend.

Ray and Marie Thornton's experience and everything they witnessed was pretty damn scary. But this episode almost seems to treat them as comic relief. From the wardrobe they had the actors wear to the dialogue they gave them while driving right before Dennis pulled up behind them ("maybe I'll wear a speedo on our next vacation to the beach!") What the hell? And them stopping at a random house to call the police and rambling to the home owner what they saw was actually kind of funny in how weird it was.

The episode was weak at best. The only interesting things was finding out some never before known facts like...

1. The Texas girlfriend actually hired a private investigator to find any information on Dennis at one point because he was so secretive. But this was before the internet and no information could be found about a man named 'Hank Queen.'

2. The police eventually drove to the Thorntons home and thanked them personally for reporting everything they witnessed. They believed Dennis would have gone back home and killed the three children because they were witnesses to the crime but the police being called right away stopped that from ever happening.

3. In his rambling letters, Dennis blamed Marilyn's coworkers for helping destroy his marriage. As a result of that, they were given round the clock protection from the police because they feared Dennis would try to kill them too.

4. No updates were ever given on the three DePue children; Jennifer, Julie and Scott. It would have been nice to know how they have coped and gone on with their lives since the ordeal.
Sooo, I guess it’s safe to say you are not a fan of ID’s take on the Depue case? Lol. 😂
Seriously though, I understand. I love true crime and even several shows on the ID channel, yet none compare to classic UM. I’m almost 46 now, and I have a great respect for how beautifully done those early seasons of UM were done. They were almost cinematic in style and tone. At times they were like watching a drive-in movie from the late 70s. They were like stunning short films. ID’s work, for the most part, looks cheap in comparison.
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"Shirley" from the Dana Satterfield segment.

She seemed lovely. She was funny, and was obviously very brave when she came face-to-face with the killer.

I heard she died a few years after the UM episode.
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