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Old 05-09-2007, 11:23 PM   #31
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Mikki Jo West's case is also available at the video website.
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This is just such a great case and really one of the best in showing how great of a show "production wise" UM could be. The way they put this thing together is so creepy, for example when Mikki is walking down the street and she steps onto the curb and they make it look like she just vanished into thin air. Man in 1989 there was nothing to touch this show on television in terms of production.

Really enjoying these cases they are showing
Those were the days. Remember the Debbie Wolfe case when RS was in a room w/ several blown up shots of Debbie. These nice shots of a nice girl to contrast the creepy murder story. No show has come close to the creep factor of UM.
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Micro, how do I find the video website?
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Those were the days. Remember the Debbie Wolfe case when RS was in a room w/ several blown up shots of Debbie. These nice shots of a nice girl to contrast the creepy murder story. No show has come close to the creep factor of UM.
Totally agree with you. Even all the copy cat shows that UM spawned were never EVER close in terms of eerie atmosphere and building up tension. The blow-up shots were a great touch (these were also in the Tara Breckenridge and Doreen Marpheo segments). Viewers empathize more with victims when they see candid family pictures. I think they made a similar point in the Silence of the Lambs, when they were pleading with the kidnapper.

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Yes, I hope they don't do what AMW did with their show by speeding it up and stripping the atmosphere away by trying to squeeze as many cases in an hour that they can and taking away that mystery documentary feel that made UM so amazing. That would be highly detrimental to the show and it's fans.
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Yes, I hope they don't do what AMW did with their show by speeding it up and stripping the atmosphere away by trying to squeeze as many cases in an hour that they can and taking away that mystery documentary feel that made UM so amazing. That would be highly detrimental to the show and it's fans.
I fear that they will do just that. After all, this is Spike TV that we are talking about and I am guessing that the average Spike TV viewer's attention span is incredibly short.
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It was interesting to note that when you see her walking "on her way to catch a bus to work" you see the same car in the two instances, firstly off in the distance then up close. In the close shot you can see a black man driving the car so obviously UM were using the information that was given to them by Mikki's family and friends about Marvin lee Earvin.
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It was interesting to note that when you see her walking "on her way to catch a bus to work" you see the same car in the two instances, firstly off in the distance then up close. In the close shot you can see a black man driving the car so obviously UM were using the information that was given to them by Mikki's family and friends about Marvin lee Earvin.
I noticed that later, too. Old UM was so beautifully produced; they'd always include those details that may or may not have been plainly stated in the segment, but were still there. For example, in the Ives/Henry segment the actor portraying Don drove an early 80s-model Pontiac Firebird; it wasn't at all mentioned in the segment, but that's exactly what the actual Don drove. It's things like that that made the show.
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I noticed that later, too. Old UM was so beautifully produced; they'd always include those details that may or may not have been plainly stated in the segment, but were still there. For example, in the Ives/Henry segment the actor portraying Don drove an early 80s-model Pontiac Firebird; it wasn't at all mentioned in the segment, but that's exactly what the actual Don drove. It's things like that that made the show.
I always liked how, more often than not, they would reenact the segments in the same locations the actual story took place. For instance, the two women in your avatar, Bobbie Oberholtzer and Annette Schnee - the scenes in which the two actresses playing the women were murdered were shot in the exact locations of where the real Bobbie and Annette's bodies were discovered. It added a very authentic yet creepy feature for the segment.
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I fear that they will do just that. After all, this is Spike TV that we are talking about and I am guessing that the average Spike TV viewer's attention span is incredibly short.
Good one!
People need to slow down and not be so rushed, especially when it comes to UM.
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They replayed this one today on spike. Contrary to what a poster had said here earlier, that Irvin had buried the three murder victims on his family farm and showed the police where the bodies where, Dennis Farina said that Mickie Jo's body has not been found.
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At Mickie Jo's page at the doe network it says this:

In 1999 Marvin Lee Irvin confessed to Micki's homicide. She was a friend of his first wife. He also pled guilty to two other homicides, and is serving a life sentence.
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Here is Mickie's Charley Project Page:

http://www.charleyproject.org/cases/w/west_micki.html

It says that Marvin Irvin used to be a cop. Is he that guy who was found to have some kind of a bizarre sex torture chamber thing in a rental unit where he had modified a house hold refigerator to fit a human, lock her in, and store her alive, until the next time he wanted to abuse her?

It seems like that guy was from the same state, was black, was a former cop, but his plan with the fridge failed because he drilled air holes in it to keep the captives alive, but he only used tiny drill bits and that didn't make nearly a large enough hole for breathable air to circulate through an airtight refigerator.
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Earvin was never charged?
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Earvin was never charged?
I don't know. He confessed to killing her, but he's already serving life on other murder charges. Maybe they don't want to go to the expense and trouble of a trial (since he already confessed) if they don't think he's going to be released from prison.

I'm going to go see if I can find any info.

edit: I went to skcentral.com, some other website that's supposed to have info on serial killers but all it had was a useless list of names, trutv.com, and I googled the suspects name, but I still only came up with the info that's on doenetwork and charleyproject.
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