Ron Sisman commissioned the snuff film. He was murdered by Jesse Turner which was ordered by Robert Maplethorpe (self portrait above)
MUCH OF THE FOLLOWING IS QUOTED DIRECTLY FROM MAURY TERRY'S ULTIMATE EVIL
There was a connection with the last Son of Sam murder being filmed for a snuff film to which Berkowitz says, "Some famous artist wanted that to sell to a collector for about $50,000." Later evidence points to Robert Mapplethorpe as being the artist...Robert Mapplethorpe, was implicated by witnesses in the Halloween 1981 execution killing of New York photographer Ronald Sisman, who allegedly was murdered to retrieve a film. Sisman was reportedly in possession of a snuff film of a Son of Sam murder, which were allegedly committed by David Berkowitz. Berkowitz from prison accurately described the murder of Sisman before it happened.
Berkowitz said he attended a party at Roy Radin's mansion in Southampton, Long Island. "I hardly knew him on a personal basis, but I did know some other people who knew him," he remarked. Berkowitz added that two of those "other people," were close associates of Radin, and were in fact at the final Son of Sam attack in Brooklyn, as alleged by the prison informants. "There were three people in a van across the street, and they did film the shooting," Berkowitz said, confirming the sensational "snuff film" allegations. "And it's true that two of them were good friends of Radin. One of them was Ron Sisman. He was the one with the camera." Sisman, the cocaine dealer and pornographer, was executed in his Manhattan brownstone Halloween 1981. His companion, coed Elizabeth Platzman, was also shot dead. "I knew Sisman, and I had been at his place with Mike [Carr]," Berkowitz said. "Some of the group also hung out at a bar near there." This pub, which Sisman also frequented, was called the Angry Squire. Berkowitz's claim was corroborated by a young man who also dropped by the Angry Squire now and then. Jesse Turner, a jailed bank robber, was an admitted Process associate. "In the early '70s, I lived with some of them in a house in the French Quarter in New Orleans," he said. "They were brokering kids, and their rituals were wall-to-wall sex and drugs. I also witnessed a murder they did in Bayou St. John. It was one of their own. They bled him to death and got rid of the body." Turner said he continued his interactions with the British group in New York. "I was also a good friend of Michael Carr," Turner stated. "About halfway into it I learned the Process was behind Son of Sam. They called it one of their 'Apocalyptic Trials,' which meant a major public display of violence."
Turner was also a close associate of Robert Mapplethorpe, the controversial homoerotic photographer and sculptor who died of AIDS in 1989. "I lived with Robert and Patti Smith for awhile when they were a couple," Turner said. "Robert thought he was the devil. He was affiliated with the Process, but not strictly a member. But they used each other."
Turner, who was debriefed extensively by NYPD and Yonkers detectives in 1996, stated that Mapplethorpe approached him for a favor in 1981. "It was for the Process. Robert told me Sisman had some snuff films, and they wanted them back. I knew the Moskowitz [Son of Sam] film was one of them." Turner said he recruited two gunmen, who killed Sisman and Platzman and retrieved five snuff films, one of which was Sisman's copy of the Moskowitz tape. NYPD detectives questioned the two alleged killers in 1996. According to official sources, one of them "miserably failed" a polygraph test and the other was graded "deceptive" because he "tried to beat the machine." The pair then hired lawyers, but the probe suddenly screeched to a halt. NYPD authorities said they lacked enough evidence to make arrests. However, an unidentified federal agent advised WABC-TV that the department's brass shut down the investigation when they discovered it led to the Son of Sam case. Meanwhile, the Yonkers police found their own efforts hampered by the NYPD. Law enforcement sources in Manhattan revealed that NYPD officials ignored a top-level Yonkers request for access to its Son of Sam files. Nonetheless, the Yonkers police made considerable progress. More cult members and associates were identified, and witnesses placed Berkowitz with others in Untermyer Park. The Yonkers inquiry also cast light on the group's "business interests." Specifically, despite the occult flavoring and the satanic fervor demonstrated by Berkowitz and others on the lower rungs of the ladder, the police determined that perks from the sex and drug businesses were of far more significance to the hierarchy. So, what finally emerged was a loose confederation of allies — including the Process Church, Punk Rock poets, biker elements, perverse political and society types and assorted hangers-on. In other words, the Son of Sam killings and a litany of other offenses grew from melded together subcultures.
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BACK STORY OF MELONIE HALLER:Melonie Haller (born ca. 1959) is an American actress known for her role as Angie Grabowski on the television comedy series Welcome Back, Kotter during its third season (1977–78). Before Kotter, Haller had small uncredited roles in The Love Machine and The French Connection, both 1971. Haller appeared in the March, 1980 issue of Playboy magazine.
BACKSTORY OF ATTACK ON MELONIE HALLER:
On April 12–13, 1980, Haller attended a dinner party at the Southampton, Long Island home of film producer Roy Radin. Haller had been introduced to Radin by photographer Ronald Sisman, and visited his home hoping to forward her stalled acting career. The day after the party, Haller was discovered on a commuter train to Manhattan, unconscious and bloodied. She claimed to have been beaten and raped during the party at Radin's home, and further alleged that the crimes had been filmed by Radin and/or others in attendance. Radin claimed that Haller had consented to sexual games during the party. The Haller case was widely covered by the New York City press. In 1981, businessman Robert McKeage pleaded guilty to assaulting Haller, and was sentenced to 30 days imprisonment.
BACKSTORY OF RON SISMAN MURDER:Sometime during the early morning Halloween hours of 1981, a Manhattan couple named Ronald Sisman and Elizabeth Platzman were murdered in their apartment, which was located near Greenwich Village. The couple was severely beaten before being shot in the head, execution-style, and the apartment was completely ransacked. Sisman was rumored to be involved in drugs, so authorities initially believed that to be the motive for the killings. However, the case took a bizarre turn when a prison informant claimed that one of his fellow inmates had somehow predicted the crime weeks before it actually happened. That inmate turned out to be none other than the notorious “Son of Sam” killer, David Berkowitz.
In 1977, Berkowitz was convicted of a series of shootings which took the lives of six victims and left seven others wounded. There has always been speculation that Berkowitz was involved with a satanic cult and did not commit all the “Son of Sam” murders on his own. According to the informant, Berkowitz had told him that his cult was planning to enter a residence near Greenwich Village on Halloween. They would perform a ritual murder by shooting a couple in the head before ransacking the place to remove incriminating evidence. When questioned about this, Berkowitz claimed that Sisman possessed snuff footage of one of the “Son of Sam” shootings and was planning to hand it over to the authorities to avoid some drug charges. While no evidence was found to support Berkowitz’s claims, he did provide an eerily accurate description of Sisman’s apartment. No one knows if the murders of Sisman and Platzman had anything to do with the “Son of Sam” case, but they are still unsolved.
BACK STORY OF ROY RADIN:Roy Radin - theatrical producer who specialized in staging vaudeville revival shows. Radin was working with Robert Evans to produce The Cotton Club when he was shot some twenty-seven times in the head in 1983. Radin began his career while still a teenager by staging shows in Masonic temples.
BACKSTORY OF ROY RADIN MURDER:
As The Cotton Club film financing was being arranged, the 33-year-old Radin was murdered in Gorman, California in 1983. Contract killer William Mentzer was among four people sentenced for shooting Radin multiple times in the head and using dynamite to make identification by authorities more challenging. At the trial, Karen Greenberger was convicted of second-degree murder and kidnapping. Her involvement was said to be over a fear of being cut out of a producer's role and potential profiting in the Cotton Club movie. As a result, the murder court case of Radin was dubbed the Cotton Club Murder Trial.