I started this project in June of 2017 with the idea that this would be a short made-for-television documentary. I figured I'd tell the story through interviews and old photographs. It would be an intriguing, informative piece. That was before I really understood the bigger story. Things changed when I read Ron Hughes book and when I
Teal Pond Murder Grabs The Nation's Attention
During a Twin Peaks reunion at the College of Southern California, the television series' co-creator, Mark Frost, mentioned Hazel. He said her murder had inspired the Twin Peaks character named Laura Palmer, the young woman whose body was found on a Washington lake shore in the television series. Mark also mentioned that Hazel’s story came to
Sand Lake is an area blessed with beautiful lakes, rolling hills, creeks, waterfalls, small mountains and plenty of timber. In many ways it resembles New York's Adirondack Park. In the late 1800's and early 1900's, Sand Lake became a premier destination for those who could afford a vacation in the country. According to census records, Sand Lake's full-time residents
Early on July 6th, 1908, a day before Hazel Drew was murdered, Mrs. Edward Cary, wife of Rensselaer Polytechnic Professor Edward Cary, asked her governess to do the laundry. The job of the governess doesn't typically involve laundry, that was the job of a domestic servant. So without notice, the governess quit. She packed her things
Why is documentary filmmaking so difficult? And, why did I decide to devote what will likely turn out to be three years to making this one? The easy answer is "it's a good story." Hazel Drew was an ambitious farm girl trying to find her way in a city drunk on wealth, power and opportunity.