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Date: 16 Apr 2000
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Murder 101 was released in 1991. The release date for D.O.A. is 1988.
I go into detail with D.O.A. in another chapter. I got there by following birthday/death day links from Sydney Simpson. The only thing I remembered about D.O.A. when I saw it on television a year or so after it came out was that Meg Ryan played Sydney and the plot was changed from the original to make the killer a plagiarist.
I was looking for a significant birthday closely associated with death. I found two: Christmas and February 5, Mark Fuhrman's birthday.
D.O.A. takes place during the Christmas holiday when Nicole bought the Aris Light gloves (December 18, 1990). Fuhrman's birthday is the same as actress Charlotte Rampling's. Rampling comes up big in the Fuhrman collection of movies in The Smoking Gun. In D.O.A. she gets away with committing double homicide and blaming the killing on one of the victims.
It's not surprising that you and Kari would pick up on a movie and a television series that I cross referenced in Murder 101, the final chapter of the book, even though you haven't seen what I've written. That is the whole point of what I'm doing with the book. I'm trying to show that ideas don't come out of nowhere or stand alone. One idea is ineluctably linked to another and another and another. And the Bundy murders were so loaded with links and cross-links to the movies that the killer had to have used the movies as conscious and subconscious templates for the crime.
Court TV cut out one of the most important shots in Murder 101-the shot I asked you to look for of the socks that weren't there in one shot but where there in what was supposed to be a continuation of the action. I bought the movie on tape, which shows everything that was broadcast originally, but it was filmed on Long Play so I had to record it again on SP to make a picture. The quality is therefore less than the best, but good enough to show the two dark spots on the floor that couldn't be anything but socks. I have that shot in the Murder 101 chapter of The Smoking Gun.
I'm going to start putting up all of the chapters today. Sometimes it takes forever to get one chapter up because you have to do everything in small pieces or the Front Page Editor won't save it and each picture has to be translated, positioned, formatted and saved individually. That's why I stopped putting up the chapters as I finished the first drafts when I didn't get much of a response to the ones I put up.
Charlie, I took your advice and spelled out more of the connections. It gets repetitious as hell (which is what I wanted to avoid) but I see where it might be necessary. I will be going back and doing the same thing with the other chapters for the final edit and asking everyone for help in areas that aren't clear. For now, the big thing I'm pushing for (14-18 hour days seven days) is to get the damn thing done. --Jasper