Along with many of you, I just viewed the ID (Investigation Discovery) Network’s season debut of “Homicide,” a retelling of what is obviously a compelling story of the murders and subsequent investigation and trials in the Hendricks family murders. It was a very credible job, and it brought back many memories.
It’s impossible, of course, to sensationalize a case that is all too horrific to begin with. I am grateful they chose not to show photos of the victims’ bodies, save for one distant shot of Susan Hendricks as she lay under the covers in the couple’s bedroom. The repeated showings of the ax and butcher knife were more than adequate to convey the scene’s brutality.
The producers did an excellent job of using archival video and newspaper clippings to help tell the story. The only real quarrel I have with the production is that in reporting about the young women David Hendricks had hired to model the back brace he invented, they showed him shirtless, implying there was a whole lot more going on between Hendricks and the models than there really was. It was essentially limited to some rather awkward groping. Hendricks never stripped down in the models’ presence.
I detected one factual error. They reported six months elapsed between Hendricks’s arrest and the beginning of his trial. It was closer to 10 months.
I know an hour-long program minus commercials can’t include everything. Nevertheless I was a little surprised and, frankly, disappointed they didn’t include something first reported in my book, that McLean County State’s Attorney Ron Dozier and Hendricks met for an off-the- record discussion on the eve of the trial. Dozier left the meeting very conflicted, believing he may very well be about to prosecute an innocent man.
It’s also interesting that the program steered away from discussion about other possible suspects, even though one (as reported in my book) was named in court documents and his ex-wife has been trying to gin up media and police interest in the matter.
All-in- all, a good job by the TV folks in telling a complex story. There’s a comments section below. I’d be happy to be part of any further discussion about the program and the case.