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Back when I was living in Columbus, Ohio my friends and I started a quote wall. Whenever a bit of brilliance (or otherwise) poured out of someone’s mouth, somebody would yell “Quote!” thus nominating it for Quote Board status. The quote then had to be seconded by someone (it almost always was), and then it would be written down to be forever immortalized on the Quote Board.
This is the modern-day equivalent of that classic piece of my past.
“If we hadn’t seen that murder…”
– KB, 12/19/15
Some can never know,
Nuts about murder,
So we watched this documentary tonight called “Dear Zachary” and, holy shit, it was great.
And the best part? It’s on MSNBC for free.
“Dear Zachary” is a two-hour long documentary about the murder of Dr. Andrew Bagby who was shot to death in 2001 by his ex-girlfriend, Shirley Turner. After the murder, but before she could be arrested, she fled to Canada. Soon after, she realized she was pregnant with Bagby’s son.
Nine months later, she gave birth to Zachary Turner.
The director of the documentary, Kurt Kuenne, had been a lifelong friend of Andrew Bagby, and decided to start work on the film for Zachary, hoping that one day he would be able to show him who his father was in life.
But what happens during the filming of Kuenne’s documentary forever changes not only the project itself, but the lives of everyone involved.
It’s a brutal tale, and just when you think it can’t get any more bizarre or traumatic, something else happens that leaves you asking, “What the fuck?”
I’m not easily shaken, but “Dear Zachary” left me feeling emotionally ruined.
I saw the trailer for this a couple weeks ago and made the mistake of going online and reading the story before watching the documentary. I can’t stress this enough: DO NOT DO THIS. Instead, let the story unravel in front of you.
If you like documentaries like “Paradise Lost” and “The Staircase,” check this one out.
If you have cable, MSNBC will be rebroadcasting it this Sunday (December 14th) at 4PM EST. If not, you might be able to dig it up somewhere online. It also is being screened at a handful of film centers around the country, including the Gene Siskel Film Center in Chicago.
For now, here’s the trailer:
Also, be sure to check out the sweet poster by artist Evan B. Harris, as well as the film’s website by clicking here.
Be warned: You will cry like a little bitch with a skinned knee. I’m just putting it out there for you. This movie will make you feel like shit, like there is no hope for humanity (or for the Canadian judicial system, which amazingly enough seems to be more fucked up than the American judicial system), but it’s a story that must be heard.
Watch it, think about it, and then pass it along.