This was a fun one. About twenty of us drove out to Victorville to make this happen.
Directed by me. Written and produced with Spencer Strauss. Shot on a Glidecam by Brian King. Awesome score by Ryan Elder. VFX by Sevan Najarian. Starring Jim Klimek, Chase Fein, Brenan Campbell, and Emma Koenig. Some awesome Road Warriors. Some awesome dead bodies. And Baxter the puppy! (FULL CREDITS HERE.)
I don’t know what it says that this episode didn’t feel that different from making the other 6 episodes.
This is the manifesto of the Ex-LAPD officer who’s currently waging war against his former cop coworkers and their families. A one man war is usually referred to as ‘murder’ so I wouldn’t take his words as prophetic. That said, it is an insane and insanely interesting read for a few reasons. I’d just like to pass on the following:
1) This guy was on the LAPD for three years and a Lieutenant in the Navy until last week with no criminal or psychiatric infractions. He even had Top Secret military clearance! All in all, not a troubled middle class teenager who played too much Call of Duty. This is a guy who ‘snapped’ (a very simple term) without the background that we’ve sadly come to expect from a shooting spree style killer.
2) The backstory as to why he’s doing this all is murky. He claims that while working on the police force he blew the whistle on some officer brutality he himself witnessed, and that the LAPD grudge-fired him over it. Now he’s grudge-killing those who he blames for his termination. He goes into amazing detail about the events and the years long court battle to ‘clear his name’ and you can tell he is an intelligent human being. By the end of reading his account, you realize that the man may be dangerous, but he could have had a career as a writer or blogger. Whether the LAPD is still shockingly corrupt as this guy says, or they’re total delusions in his head is not for me to say. What I can say is that murdering people to ‘clear your name’ has the opposite effect. Also, he makes it clear that he knows he’s going to die but hopes his actions will get journalists to investigate the matter.
3) Guns! Somewhere in the 20 page manifesto there’s talk of revenge, violence, pop culture likes and dislikes, goodbyes to friends and family, a shout out to Larry David, and political guesses for 2016. One other subject he talks on is the need for gun control. The need FOR gun control. He actually states which guns he’ll be using and how he obtained them. The kicker for me (a pro-gun kind of guy) is that he states:
”The time is now to reinstitute a ban that will save lives. Why does any sportsman need a 30 round magazine for hunting?… Why does anyone need a AR15 rifle?”
Why does someone need that deadly weapon you ask? Maybe to defend themselves or their kids against the 270 pound killer with military and police training! I’m not trying to be simplistic, but a guy in the LAPD and the Navy is gonna have guns on tap 24/7. But if I’m one of the poor people on his hit list, I’d be demanding a bazooka permit.
Cripes this is like a nightmare scenario of why you want a gun in your home. To defend yourself against the guy who knows how the police work and where your carotid artery is.
Phew! Ok the political stuff is out my system.
4) And finally, it’s amazing how normal sounding this guy is. I joke that he could be a blogger, but here’s a little sample:
General Petraeus, you made a mistake that the majority of men make once, twice, or unfortunately many times in a lifetime. You are human. You thought with your penis. It’s okay.
Cyclists, I have no problem sharing the road with you. But, at least go the fucking speed limit posted or get off the road!!! That is a feasible request. Livestrong you fraudulent assholes.
Charlie Sheen, you’re effin awesome.
This manifesto is broken down into two parts. The first part is a grievance letter against the LAPD that swears he’ll take as many of them with him as possible. The second half is an outpouring of his hopes and dreams that he admits he’ll never live to see. Because he’ll be dead as he indicated earlier. Even crazier is that everything he says in the second half would easily pass for conversation in everyday life.
I guess I have nothing further to add than, “Crazy huh?”
We’ll all just see how this turns out in the end. Crazy huh?