Mind Over Murder Trailer: The Strangest Small-Town Murder You’ve Never Heard Of

6/11/2022 9:32:00 AM

‘Mind Over Murder’ reintroduces the strangest small-town murder you’ve never heard of—and the aftermath that’s just as confounding.

‘Mind Over Murder’ reintroduces the strangest small-town murder you’ve never heard of—and the aftermath that’s just as confounding.

The true-crime docuseries, premiering June 20 on HBO, revisits a 1985 Beatrice, Nebraska murder that led to the wrongful conviction and eventual exoneration of six locals.

New Yorker, “Remembering the Murder You Didn't Commit.” At that point, the Chinese-born filmmaker was already interested in exploring memory.Her interest began in 2016, when a strange thing happened after finishing her first feature documentaryHooligan Sparrow

. Wang says that she was startled to talk to the film’s subject, activistYe Haiyan,after Haiyan had seen the finished project because “I caught her remembering the events [depicted in the film] wrong. She recognized the film’s version, but then I was like, ‘Wait, I switched this chronology to make a more clear storyline. But in reality, those two events happened in the opposite order. And she was like, ‘No way, this is how I remembered it.”

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that she learned about the Beatrice Six case in 2017, through the New Yorker , “Remembering the Murder You Didn't Commit.Tina Gail Linn Clouse and Harold Dean Clouse Jr.reported .ADDS CONTEXT AND DETAIL THAT THESE BULLET HOLES ARE FROM A PRIOR SHOOTING - Blood is seen at the scene of a fatal overnight shooting on South Street in Philadelphia, Sunday, June 5, 2022, where bullet holes on a storefront window from a prior shooting can also be seen.

” At that point, the Chinese-born filmmaker was already interested in exploring memory. Her interest began in 2016, when a strange thing happened after finishing her first feature documentary Hooligan Sparrow . Their bodies remained unidentified for 40 years and were finally identified with DNA testing in 2021. Wang says that she was startled to talk to the film’s subject, activist Ye Haiyan, after Haiyan had seen the finished project because “I caught her remembering the events [depicted in the film] wrong. Officer Jeff Nelson (Image courtesy: AuburnExaminer. She recognized the film’s version, but then I was like, ‘Wait, I switched this chronology to make a more clear storyline. Family had been looking for answers about the trio for decades. But in reality, those two events happened in the opposite order. Joanne Pescatore, homicide unit chief at the Philadelphia district attorney’s office, said that according to surveillance video, the two men, who are friends and had fled to Virginia together, fired randomly into the crowd in response to hearing gunshots down the block.

And she was like, ‘No way, this is how I remembered it. She is now in contact with her extended biological family. That would make it difficult for the court, she added, to "be able to effectively and efficiently select jurors that don’t have those biases or have been affected by pretrial publicity.” By that point, Wang had spent countless hours in the edit room watching Haiyan describe the original order of events. But even after making that point, the filmmaker was still unable to convince Haiyan that she was misremembering events according to Hooligan Sparrow . I prayed for them day after day and that they would find Holly and she would be alright…,” said Donna Casasanta, Holly’s grandmother. “That was the moment I realized the power of narrative, and how even as a storyteller with the film I made, I was able to change her memory. Officer Jeff Nelson pleads not guilty to murder charge An Auburn police officer has pleaded not guilty to murder and assault charges in a case where he confronted an unarmed man suspected of disorderly conduct and then shot him twice. She no longer remembers the real version [of what happened],” says Wang. “In my dream, Tina was laying on the floor rolling around and laughing and playing with Holly like I saw them do many times before when they lived with me prior to moving to Texas.

“From now on, the whole world is going to remember those events as the film’s version. There is no one else who would know the real details of that life experience. I personally am so relieved to know Holly is alive and well and was well cared for, but also torn up by it all. Nelson, who joined the Auburn Police Department in 2008, shot Sarey while trying to arrest him on suspicion of disorderly conduct in an interaction that lasted just 67 seconds. So I was very surprised and amazed, but also horrified by the power of suggestion and how malleable our memory is.” “I started to question what kind of false memories I might have held and was not aware of,” she continues.” The work was a collaborative effort between multiple states, including Arizona, officials say. “Memory is such a fundamental part of our identity. DAILY NEWSLETTER All the news you need to know, every day By clicking Sign Up, I confirm that I have read and agree to the.

How we remember the past defines who we are as a person, a community, a nation. Anyone with information is asked to contact the Texas Attorney General’s Cold Case and Missing Persons Unit at coldcaseunit@oag.” The Beatrice Six crime seemed like the perfect lens through which to explore that concept. “I was intrigued by how three out of six people, even at the moment of exoneration, still had doubt about their own innocence.gov. One of the six memory of being at the crime scene, which she wasn’t,” says Wang. While investigating the story, Wang learned just how polarized the Beatrice community still was.

“Most of the people in the community still believed that the six were guilty,” says Wang. “It was a goal for me to capture that community story. They all have different versions of what they believe. All versions are strong and have been deeply-rooted for decades.” Wanting to integrate that community tension into her docuseries, Wang hatched the plan of staging a local play within her project.

But to get the production off the ground, the filmmaker needed to convince the Beatrice community theater on her idea: auditioning locals to play real-life people, including the Beatrice Six, in a play scripted from trial records, police investigations, and interviews. “It took a long time to convince them to collaborate on this, because this is such a contentious issue in the community,” says Wang. Eventually, though, she won over the board. “The reality is that they all have to pay this settlement of $28 million and it affects everyone who lives in Gage County. We wanted this project to bring people together—to be an opportunity for reconciliation and healing, because it’s still an issue that divided so many people there.

I think, by the end, they understood our intentions and that they were good.” “I was talking to the play director the other day, and she said, ‘In theater history, I can’t think of another play that was being performed by the local people, for the local people, about the local people, that eventually had an impact on the local people.” Wang says that she ended up being pleasantly surprised by her time in Beatrice. “I realize[d] that no matter what they believe on either side, no matter what their political views are, those people are all nice and intelligent and kind. And it reflects our current society that you have people on the left or right who have very different political views,” says the filmmaker.

“But if you get to know them as friends or family members, you see them as human beings that ultimately have a lot of good qualities.” More Great Stories From .