There are some people out there who define the word “horror”. An unknown assailant whom the media dubbed the East Area Rapist/Original Night Stalker (EAR/ONS) back in the Eighties is just such a man, and his heinous story and more is getting ready to be told via the medium of independent film.
Director Cameron Cloutier dropped us a line tonight to give us the heads-up on his next project Bird with a Broken Wing, which will be based on the true story of Janelle Lisa Cruz (pictured right), who was the last known victim of the East Area Rapist/Original Night Stalker – the most wanted serial killer/sex offender in California history (still to this day). Throughout the years over 50 rapes, numerous break-ins and 10 murders that stretch the length of CA have been attributed to this bastard, and very few people have ever even heard of him.
“The film will chronicle her life as well the killer’s crimes as they each continue to move a step closer to meeting that fateful night, examining the reason why she was the last,” Cloutier tells us. “The film is based on my own extensive research and interviews with the family members that I’ve conducted over the last two years, which in turn has caused the FBI to carefully look at a few suspects a bit more closely thanks to the info I’ve gathered.”
Casting will be under way soon, and legendary composer Harry Manfredini (Friday the 13th, House) has signed on to do the score. More as we get it.
May 5th, 2011, will be the 25th anniversary of Janelle Lisa Cruz’s death. Rest easy, sister. One day karma is going to catch up to this lunatic, and we’re sure when it does, it’s going to be particularly cruel.
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