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Netflix horror film inspired by New York ax murder

New Yorkers may get freaky flashbacks whereas they watch the brand new Netflix horror film “Issues Heard & Seen.”

An sad younger mom (Amanda Seyfried) is brutally murdered with an ax, her youngster is discovered eerily seated on the sofa downstairs and a studious husband (James Norton) leaves shortly after the crime.

That wicked déjà vu is as a result of the supernatural film, which is predicated on Elizabeth Brundage’s novel “All Issues Stop To Seem,” was partly inspired by the ugly 1982 demise of Cathleen Krauseneck in Brighton, NY — dubbed “the Brighton Ax Murder.”

On Feb. 19, 1982, James Krauseneck Jr. returned to his new home on Del Rio Drive close to Rochester from his job as an economist at Eastman Kodak Co., noticed damaged glass inside from a window and known as the cops. He had discovered his 29-year-old spouse, Cathleen, useless in mattress with an ax lodged in her head and their 3-year-old daughter seated calmly in her personal bed room, dressed to exit.

Amanda Seyfried's character Catherine gets more than she bargained for when she learns her new Upstate New York home is haunted.
Amanda Seyfried’s character Catherine is partly inspired by Cathleen Krauseneck.
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“She had a crimson sweater over a pink sweater with blue ABC corduroy pants and two pair of socks,” James mentioned of his little woman in an announcement to the police reported by the Rochester Democrat & Chronicle. “She seemed dazed to me. I picked her up from her mattress and ran downstairs and out the entrance door along with her.”

And to a different state, the truth is. James and daughter Sara headed to Michigan, the place he grew up, someday after the horrific crime.

Underneath suspicion, James’ alibi was that he’d been at work all day. Brighton Police Chief Eugene Shaw, in keeping with the Journal-Register, opted to not query the daughter a month later as a result of “an excessive amount of time has gone by.” Cathleen’s murder, in the meantime, has gone unsolved for 39 years.  

James Krauseneck was charged in 2019 with second-degree murder.
James Krauseneck was charged in 2019 with second-degree murder.

The Netflix film provides the characters totally different names (Catherine is performed by Seyfried and Norton performs George), modifications up their circumstances (they’ve a son and reside within the Hudson Valley) and throws in some ghosts. However the real-life crime is simply as spooky. 

Early on within the case, for instance, the police division employed two psychics, in keeping with the Journal-Register.

The mediums’ efforts failed, and so the police sought leads throughout the nation — notably in Michigan. Cathleen was born in Mt. Clemens, and the couple attended Western Michigan College in Kalamazoo, the place she was a cheerleader. For almost 4 many years, investigators got here up empty. 

Then, in November 2019, James was lastly indicted by a grand jury on a second-degree murder cost. He pleaded not responsible. The Brighton Police Chief chalked the delayed fees as much as improved forensic expertise that’s clarified the timeline of the murder — calling James’ alibi into query — and has shed extra gentle on the crime scene.

“I perceive individuals desire a singular piece of proof that may straight level to James Krauseneck Jr.,” the present Brighton Police Chief David Catholdi instructed the Tacoma Information Tribune. “This isn’t a type of circumstances.”

On the Del Rio Drive home, no different DNA was discovered aside from the household’s. Additionally, shortly earlier than her demise, Cathleen reportedly realized that James had not accomplished his doctorate and lied to his employers.

Later he moved to Gig Harbor, Wash., the place he labored as a vp of gross sales for a timberland firm known as Weyerhaeuser. When he was charged, James was residing in Peoria, Ariz., along with his fourth spouse.

Additional complicating issues was one other man’s confession. Earlier than he died of Lou Gehrig’s illness in 2014, serial rapist Ed Laraby claimed to the Democrat & Chronicle he killed Cathleen and dedicated not less than a dozen extra crimes. The protection has seized on his but unproven admission.

“Ed Laraby is a infamous self-described sociopathic killer of ladies,” Krauseneck’s protection legal professional mentioned. “The difficulty is he lived actually inside principally a half mile, or lower than a half mile, and has confessed to this murder as he lay dying in jail.”

Not like the ending of the film it inspired, Cathleen Krauseneck’s murder has not been so cleanly wrapped up. James, now 69, was freed on $100,000 bail and is awaiting a trial that was delayed by the pandemic — the subsequent pretrial listening to is ready for June.

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Tina Sanders

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