Wednesday, October 17, 2012
First of all I should mention that this film is a documentary so all of the horrors within it are true. Filmmakers Joshua Zeman and Barbara Brancaccio grew up on Staten Island hearing urban legend stories of ‘Cropsey.’ As the story goes, Cropsey was an escaped mental patient who lived in the old abandoned Willowbrook Mental Institution. Cropsey would snatch children off the streets if they weren’t careful. Parents would even sometimes tell their kids if they didn’t behave Cropsey would come to get them. However, the urban legend became all too real in the summer of 1987 when a 12-year-old girl with Down syndrome, named Jennifer Schweiger, disappeared from their community.