The 1990 Michigan Murder That Inspired a Horror Movie
This true incident happened just a few miles outside of Coldwater and it inspired the 2001 horror film, "Jeepers Creepers."
The similarities between fact and film fiction are staggering...the above video shows that story as it appeared in a segment on TV's "Unsolved Mysteries"...then, it shows the film clip of "Jeepers Creepers" from ten years later that used the 1990 crime for their movie plot.
This is truly creepy...even creepier if you happened to see the film.
THE TRUE STORY:
Coldwater high school counselor Marilyn DePue disappeared on Easter of 1990 and neighbors immediately pointed a suspicious finger at her husband, Dennis. Thanks to a marriage that became loveless and constantly argumentative, Marilyn filed for divorce. Angry and hostile, Dennis beat her right in full view of their three children and coaxed her into going with him in their van, stating he wanted to go to the hospital.
They never arrived - Dennis shot her in the back of the head, wrapped her body in a sheet and dumped it behind an abandoned church. A brother & sister were out driving and came across Dennis unloading the bloody sheet and attempted to get the van's license plate number to no avail.
The night the case was featured on "Unsolved Mysteries" on March 20, 1991, Dennis was watching the episode at his new home in Dallas and now calling himself "Hank Queen." He tried to flee, but after a high-speed chase that went into Mississippi, police caught up with him after disabling the speeding van.
Instead of giving himself up, Dennis committed suicide in order to avoid capture.
Wild, wild stuff that maybe most Michiganians don't know or remember.
Now watch the video above.