A true crime podcast that recalls the brutal slaying of BETTY ANN SULLIVAN on a snowy night in January of 1988, a night that, more than 30 years later, the small town of Jefferson Township, New Jersey has yet to fully recover from. The violence of that evening shocked the nation for the perpetrator... was her own son, a boy of fourteen who would take his own life only hours later. What the investigation revealed left a community in tatters, unwilling to believe the evil that had befallen them.
An interview with the writer/director.
A Prayer in Spring
Th writer/director returns to the scene of the crime.
Nothing Gold Can Stay
Now we revisit the night in question, minute-by-minute, just like in episode one... only now we see things in a completely new light, and from a new perspective. Not from the point of view of law enforcement or his mother or his friend... but from Tommy’s point of view. We’ll understand what really happened, why it happened, and, most importantly, how it happened.
Acquainted with the Night
Tommy returns to Clinton Road and witnesses a BLACK MASS and other rituals that he had only read about... read about in a book that was once owned by the late Richard Cross. Tommy decides to re-enact an ancient ritual from the book on the grounds of the long abandoned Cross estate. Innocent to what he had wrought but, the evil had been summoned just the same.
The Road Not Taken
Tommy and his new friend decide to see for themselves what lurks in the darkness on the edge of town... they’ve heard rumors about a coven of Satanists that worship in the deep woods of Clinton Road. And once that rumor is proven true, Tommy becomes obsessed. He wants more and his curiosity leads him to the shadow figure of Richard Cross, the original Occultist in the area from the turn of 20th. century, and Tommy’s obsession grows.
Stopping by Woods on a Snowy Evening
We begin to recreate the timeline that lead up to Tommy’s horrific acts and search for the catalyst that set him on his path to oblivion. He meets a new friend and is influenced by a new teacher. Suddenly a new and devious world is opened up and Tommy is powerless to resist.
Inaccurate representation of atheistic satanism
They say atheistic satanist are in it for the sex in the woods… I’d like to make a correction. An atheistic satanist is someone who does not believe god and the devil actually exist but sees Lucifer as the unsung hero of the story. His goal was to bring enlightenment to humans. To make them question what god said not to. God said to not eat the fruit of KNOWLEDGE. He said “never question me.” Thats saying to be blind followers. Lucifer said look for the truth yourselves. You are better than sheep. You can be the shepherd. And that is what an atheistic satanist believes. You’re welcome.
Too much background noise.
Too much background noise. Difficult to hear narrative at times. Take it down a notch
Being from the town of the scene of the crime, and knowing many who knew Tommy personally - I feel the case details given here are chillingly close to home. Many may be commenting on other things that they didn’t like about the retelling of this story, but I liked what the narrator did with the material. Albeit a horrific event with many twists and turns and details. Adding historical details and backstory so we could understand more about what was influencing this boy, was a great touch. The research done did not go unnoticed. Amazing job!