Alright well capture #1 was a U.S. Marshals Top 15 Most Wanted fugitive, so let's make capture #2 an FBI top 10 Most Wanted after Lamont Stephenson is profiled tonight! (And try to solve Gloria Schulze and the brief mention cases as well!).
Also, I normally hate spoilers but since I have to watch the episode after the actual airing as mentioned in the past, all of you have my permission to mention whether or not the show mentions Frias' capture in the beginning or during the episode.
Ok well now I know better than to trust Twitter. I saw Callahan mention the capture of Luis Frias on the Search Continues but didn't see the mention on the actual episode. (I thought based on my interpretation of a person's tweet, that they had mentioned it. It's not that person's fault as I apparently I misread the tweet). Then again was watching via ID Go, so if anyone knows if they mentioned on the live airing let me know (I'm sure In Pursuit will find a way to mention his capture on an upcoming episode).
Anyway, spoiler-wise, the missing child mentions were Luis Alderete-Martinez and Lashaya Stine. The 15 seconds of shame fugitives were Robert Brumfield and Martin Jesus Godinez. (We pretty much knew all this already from the CrimeFeed page besides Brumfield).
Also one thing I REALLY liked that wasn't done in the previous four (hard to believe we're up to episode 5 already!) was on occasion during Lamont Stephenson and Gloria Schulze's profiles, they would show the In Pursuit phone number and tip site address at the bottom of the screen as opposed to only before a commercial break and/or after the entire segment. It may seem like a small thing but I feel it's a very good reminder to get those in someone's head as their mind might wander off during the commercials.
The Lamont Stephenson profile was somewhat similar to The Hunt although what was new was him being a top ten most wanted fugitive, where they showed part of the press conference announcing Stephenson's addition. I also loved John Walsh calling Lamont a selfish bastard at the beginning of the episode! I loved The Hunt as well, but I feel this is an example of why In Pursuit feels like a more formal follow-up show to AMW.
Also I appreciated that they alluded to Lamont Stephenson being a loner but didn't refer to him as a "nerd" like The Hunt profile did, which I felt was sort of stereotyping. (And they did it twice that season, also referring to Peter Chadwick as a nerd). Maybe I'm just sensitive since I consider myself a bit of a nerd lol.
But anyway, they did a good job and hopefully considering ID is a much more viewed channel than HLN, it will do the trick in bringing Lamont Stephenson finally to justice.
Gloria Schulze profile was infuriating, not because it wasn't good, but because of how badly the justice system failed Angela Maher. Even though I was familiar with this case as a 20-plus year AMW fan, I'm not sure if it just faded into memory or wasn't revealed how easy the court system made it for Schulze to escape. Her driver's license wasn't even taken away while she was allowed out before trial! Also no one noticed Gloria not showing up for drug tests, maxing out her credit cards etc... As the journalist interviewed put it, it was like they practically invited Schulze to go on the run.
The good news is I feel Schulze is catchable despite the passage of time, and it will just take the right person seeing her profile (Malaika Griffin being caught after like 5 airings on AMW has given me hope for any cold case aired multiple times on the show).
The other good news is Arizona's drunk driving laws have become a lot more strict, but unfortunately they came at Angela's expense.
Also, somewhat off-topic but according to online TV guides, the main segment fugitives for the February 27th episode of In Pursuit will be Juan Lazaro Abrego and Derek Dean. (Gerald "Mike" Bullinger and Tomas Magallon Gonzalez will be next week).
Last Edit: Feb 14, 2019 3:23:31 GMT -5 by Scumhunter
So time for the recap but I think this is the first time since week 1 that we knew all the missing children and 15 second of shame fugitives already so there wasn't much to spoil lol.
I'm sorry if this sounds wrong, but storytelling-wise, I thought it was a smart move to not mention Mike Bullinger had a wife until after Peyton and Nadja (along with Cheryl) were found. Even though I knew the case and the general public not familiar could use common sense to figure out the third body couldn't be Mike Bullinger since he was the guy being profiled, it was still somewhat of a plot twist that sort of helped to explain why this horrible case happened. I also felt the scene where Bulinger was teaching Peyton how to shoot a gun was sort of done as a eerie foreshadowing. So Mike Bullinger was my #1 most wanted fugitive and as horrible as he is and tragic a case as this is, I guess I'm just trying to say this is still a TV show where they have to capture viewer interest and they told the story well.
I was also surprised they didn't really allude to the possibility Bullinger might be dead. The Marshal interviewed simply replied "we didn't find him there so we kept looking" in regards to the Teton County, Wyoming woods. That could have been interpreted as they didn't find him dead or alive, but I felt it was kind of left open to interpretation. Of course, you want the general public to call in tips if Bullinger is still out there, so I sort of get why you don't want to openly tell a viewer outright he's possibly dead.
Tomas Gonzalez was essentially like The Hunt version. Ana's brother Hugo was the main focus again except this time side-by-side with Callahan and I believe the detective (now retired) interviewed on In Pursuit was the same as from The Hunt.
The detective broke down and cried at the end, which tells you just how heartwrenching this case is. Detectives, while still human beings, are sort of trained to take emotions out of the equation in order to focus on solving the case. It's not that they don't care, but how they focus to try the solve the case. So while obviously we've seen loved ones of victims cry, to see an actual law enforcement official break down and cry was an incredible site to see, as I can probably count on my hands how many times I've seen that happen on AMW, The Hunt, and/or In Pursuit.
The good news is Gonzalez is likely in Guadalajara, where In Pursuit already had their first capture.
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Post by HeadMarshal on Feb 21, 2019 13:06:49 GMT -5
Saw the taped episode this morning. Out of all the episodes so far, I feel this was one of most effective at going through the horrible case circumstances, the after-effects on the friends and relatives, and motivating people to step up and do the right thing.
I’m 50/50 on whether Bullinger died in the Wyoming wilderness, but in case he is alive, not referencing the deceased theory was a smart move.
I also liked the mention of the show’s phone number and websites during the re-enactments. Helpful tool for potential tipsters compared to just seeing them in the commercial breaks.
Post by Scumhunter on Feb 21, 2019 15:19:56 GMT -5
Description of March 6th episode:
"John Walsh tracks the story of convicted killer Glen Stark Chambers, who beat his young girlfriend to death and then escaped prison twice; Callahan Walsh investigates a murder suspect who eludes capture for 20 years."
I'm assuming the second case is Jesus Salazar based on description and cases we know Callahan is profiling this season.
P.S. Just realized we've already reached the halfway mark of the season!
Just a follow-up that I finally saw The Search Continues post-show and Callahan interviewed the Canyon County Sheriff who did acknowledge the possibility that Bullinger may be deceased. He doesn't see any evidence Bullinger hitchhiked and/or got a ride out but says he is a commercial pilot so that is a possible angle.
Post by Scumhunter on Feb 27, 2019 23:20:38 GMT -5
I hate to use the word "excited" since we're dealing with tragedy but for a nice change I was actually able to watch tonight's episode of In Pursuit live so I was especially looking forward to tonight's episode!
The 15 seconds of shame fugitives were Daniel Jensen Jr. and Kevin "Mike Waguespack" both unexpected since they weren't on the In Pursuit tip form at the beginning of the season!
I also did like how John Walsh said something along the lines of "Waguespack went on the run after violating his bond condition after allegedly murdering his girlfriend"- like even in 15 seconds he's still able to get the absurdity of the overall case and making you go "WTF?" in there.
Maia Sykes (allegedly abducted by Zeporah Sykes) and Ciarra Chaney were tonight's missing children.
I usually get emotional towards the end of a segment when some of these cases get to me, but the profile on Abrego I was actually heartbroken from the very beginning since me and us who already knew about Elizabeth Bowie's story from John's America's Most Wanted days (the short-lived year on Lifetime) remember what a great and beloved person she was. So seeing the story again, and how she was such a charitable and giving person only to have her taken away in such a cruel and brutal way was again hard to watch. They interviewed Elizabeth's friend Dean Yoder who was also interviewed on the AMW re-enactment and just like then I wished he could have been her partner instead since he seemed to actually love and care for her and knew what she stood for. I do wish Juan's brother, even though he was said to like Elizabeth, alerted the police sooner. (He wasn't interviewed on camera but Juan had told him he had done something bad and was going back to Mexico. I realize Juan didn't tell him what he did, but my feeling is it wasn't hard to put two and two together).
Derek "Man" Dean case was well done and moving as well. The argument that lead to Edward Cohee's tragic death apparently started after Derek's cousin had brought up the death of Edward and Edwin's (twin brothers who were best friends with Dean) brother, who was murdered a few years earlier. But it was completely senseless in that there wasn't even really a physical fight over it, Edward was "wrestling" or tussling and was pulled off Derek's cousin. Derek for whatever reason snapped even after Edwin's calm rationale and asking why they were fighting. I think that's what makes Dean such a scary fugitive is he didn't seem to have a history of violence and apparently just snapped and there was absolutely no way of reasoning with him like he was just a madman hellbent on murder that day.
But yeah unfortunately it's back to watching on ID go and/or when I visit my parents house for the rest of the season probably (maybe unfortunately is a bad word as long as I watch but I enjoy watching it live when I can), but it was nice to get a break from my usual schedule and watch and tweet along with the show live tonight.
Last Edit: Feb 27, 2019 23:27:16 GMT -5 by Scumhunter