True Crime: Has the ‘Shopping Cart Killer’ Been Captured?
Police in Fairfax County, Virginia believe they have apprehended the man responsible for the deaths of four women. Anthony Robinson, who was arrested last month on suspicion for the murders of two women, may, in fact, be ‘Shopping Cart Killer.’
As People reported earlier today, the alleged serial killer met his victims in hotel rooms after connecting with them on dating websites. He then killed the women and used shopping carts to transport their bodies to empty lots where he would dump them.
“We’re in the process of conducting, along with many other partners, a retrospective investigation to figure out where he’s been,” Police Chief Kevin Davis said in a statement earlier today. “And we’re going to work with our law enforcement partners, homicide detectives, missing person detectives, to see if we can identify any other victims and families and communities that he has brought harm to.”
Robinson’s was initially arrested as a suspect in the deaths of Allene Elizabeth Redmon and Tonita Lorice Smith. However, after his arrest, Washington’s Metropolitan Police Department reached out to police in Harrisonburg, Virginia telling them that the man was the last known contact of another missing woman, Cheyenne Brown, whose body has now been tentatively identified as one of two found together in the same cart.
At this time, Robinson has been charged with two counts of first-degree murder and two counts of concealing, transporting, or altering a dead body. He has not officially been charged in the two other murders.
Anyone who has information pertaining to the Shopping Cart Killer is encouraged to reach out to Detective Leslie Wetherell via phone at 540-432-7788 or email at [email protected]. Anonymous tips may also be made at Crime Solvers at (540) 574-5050 or by texting “HPD” plus their tips/information to CRIMES (274637).
You can watch the police press conference in its entirety below.
Horror Novels Getting Brand New TV Adaptations
It’s summer here in the United States and that means catching up on some reading. Of course, you will have to set down your Tears of the Kingdom Switch game. Speaking of a link to the past, there are a few older novels that are being made into new tv shows; some are already streaming.
Below are five books that, if they haven’t already, will enter the flatscreen digital universe in the near future.
Twilight, Stephenie Meyer
In case you hadn’t heard the news a brand new adaptation of Meyer’s teen supernatural romance fantasy Twilight is getting a series. Yes, you heard correctly. It’s only been 15 years since the first adaptation starring Kristin Stewart and James Pattinson was released, and now we are getting a small-screen series. Lionsgate TV is producing, but thanks to the writer’s strike it might be a while until we get details on just where it will air.
The Minds of Billy Milligan, Daniel Keyes
This is a story about a killer who blames his multiple personalities for the crimes he committed. Apple TV+ has made a miniseries out of it called “The Crowded Room” starring Tom Holland. That series will premiere on the streaming service starting June 9.
Triptych, Karin Slaughter
The ABC series “Will Trent” is based on this book and its sequels which feature 10 mysteries beginning with Triptych. Starring Ramón Rodríguez as the detective of the title, the show has just been renewed for a second season.
The Fall of the House of Usher, Edgar Allan Poe
What’s Mike Flanagan going to do once his Netflix contract runs out? Thankfully it won’t be before his adaptation of this Poe chiller releases on the streamer. The IMDb page insists that the miniseries is in post-production and refuses to give a drop date, but we speculate that Halloween 2023 is when we will get it. This is a perfect seasonal offering.
The Changeling Victor Lavalle
Speaking of delayed releases, this Apple TV+ series was ordered back in 2021. It stars LaKeith Stanfield . NPR describes the story thusly:
“Apollo Kagwa is a rare book dealer and new father, in love with his wife, Emma, and their infant son Brian, named after the vanished father who haunts Apollo’s dreams.
But when Emma commits an unspeakable act of violence and disappears, Apollo’s left grasping at the threads of his unravelled life, following them through a labyrinth of strange characters, mysterious islands and haunted forests, all occupying the same space as the five boroughs of New York City.”
Search Called Off For Teen Who Jumped From Cruise “As A Dare”
In a distressing story that is as tragic as it is horrifying, the search for teenager Cameron Robbins has ended after he was reportedly seen leaping into the Atlantic Ocean from a sunset cruise in the Bahamas.
The recent high school grad named Cameron Robbins, 18, was celebrating his graduation with some of his classmates who, TMZ reports, dared him to jump into the open water. Some of it was captured on video which you can view in the Twitter post below.
The alleged prank went horribly wrong. Robbins disappeared behind the boat and into the darkness. He failed to grab onto a life preserver that was thrown to him.
Teen Missing After Jumping Off Boat In Bahamas pic.twitter.com/BBAVaYCNoe— videos hall of fame (@VideosH0F) May 30, 2023
A search party consisting of the U.S. Coast Guard and Bahamian authorities went on for several days but was eventually called off when his body wasn’t found.
The Coast Guard issued the following statement: “We offer our sincerest condolences to Cameron Robbins’ family and friends.”
His parents flew out to the Bahamas last week in hopes their son would be found. But in the end, the verdict was grim and they issued the following statement.
“The Bahamas government has called off the rescue for Cameron and we are returning to Baton Rouge. We want to thank the Bahamas government, the U.S. Coast Guard, the United Cajun Navy, and Congressman Garrett Graves for everything they have done for us. In this time of grief, we thank our family, friends, and well-wishers for granting us the privacy we need to properly remember our son and mourn his loss.”
iHorror offers its deepest condolences to Cameron’s family.
Announcement of a ‘Faces of Death’ Remake is a Head-Scratcher
In perhaps one of the weirdest genre news stories to come out since we first reported on it two years ago, The Hollywood Reporter announced Barbie Ferreira (Euphoria) and Dacre Montgomery (Stranger Things) will star in a Faces of Death remake.
For those who don’t have the number 19 at the start of their birth year, and may not know what Faces of Death is about, it is a “found-footage” documentary of people and animals dying in a myriad of horrific ways. All apparently non-produced and real. We know now that was a false claim and most of the material was (effectively) manufactured
About eight years ago iHorror talked to Michael R. Felsher, owner, and founder of Red Shirt Pictures, a production company that provides documentaries, director commentary, and bonus content for DVD and Blu-Ray distributors. He went into detail about his experiences with Faces of Death and its director, Conan Le Cilaire (nee John A. Schwartz), who provides the commentary for the Blu-Ray edition.
“One of the things that I found really fascinating about [Faces of Death] was talking to both the special effects crew who worked on the movie and also the editor,” Felsher told iHorror at the time, “who had a really interesting task in that he had to blend stuff that existed at the time, and also sometimes create something out of whole cloth.”
What?! The footage isn’t entirely real? Gen-Xers were duped? For a period of time in the mom-and-pop video rental era, Faces of Death was one of those grails hidden behind the counter and only rented out if you were cool enough to be trusted by the cashier.
The content was so disturbing the film was banned in several countries. One famous triggering scene involves a monkey and a dining table with a small hole in the middle, used as a pillory for the animal’s head. Dining guests then beat the monkey’s head with small mallets until it became unconscious and dined then on its brains. Of course, all of this was fabricated with cauliflower substituting for primate gray matter.
Scenes like this would help the film become fodder for the video nasty era and get it banned in the U.K. The censorship only flamed the hype and Faces of Death became an underground cult classic with a few sequels to follow. But it is the original that remains the jewel in the crown of the franchise, having earned over $60 million in its lifetime.
Schwartz (Le Cilaire) passed away in 2019, but apparently, his legacy will live on in a new “re-imagining” of his original film. There are no details on what that means. Only that it will be written by Isa Mazzei and directed by Daniel Goldhaber (Cam).
We will keep you updated.
In the meantime, check out our story about the secrets of Faces of Death HERE.