yesterday was my birthday, so I treated myself to a ride on the ferry to get a crepe across the way
Sharing a snippet today detailing a piece on one of dozens of cons the Apelt brothers pulled off while in the Phoenix area for that brief three months before killing Cindy. From telegrams announcing each others’ deaths to glean money, to stealing cash, to constant stories about their wealth and snafus getting it, they got thousands of dollars in a short time.
But before, that, in other news, another TV program is doing a show on Cindy. They approached me last Spring about it and explained it is a victim-centric show, diving in to who the victim was and detailing their life. Since that is also the theme of my book, it resonated with me, although I think this show has a pretty awful name: American Monster.
The show will air on the Investigation Discovery Network on Sunday Nov. 20, at 9pm EST. Most channel lineups have this channel. It will also be available on the Discovery Plus app. after that.
They interviewed me for about seven hours, asking detailed questions about our upbringing, Cindy’s life/education/jobs/relationships/travel on and on…
They also interviewed Cathy Hughes, our prosecutor and Ron Davis, one of the detectives. As well as some of Cindy’s friends.
Once again I went on an odyssey of discovery of videos and photos to use. In 1988 times were different without cell phones or even many home video cameras, so it is limited. So we will see what they piece together.
We can join together to discuss the next day if you want.
So that’s that.
Now here is my snippet for today:
During the few hours the brothers stayed at the Rubenstein home, they convinced Cher and her husband that they had been robbed of five thousand dollars from their hotel room the day before. Rudi was still maintaining they were in the wind surfing business and Michael claimed they worked for the MARS Corporation. Cher testified that she believed they worked for the corporation that made the Mars candybar. She filed a report with the Mesa Police Department the following day to report the “robbery”, but they declined to pursue it.
“They said they were very rich,” she testified.
A few evenings later, Cher went to dinner with the brothers alone, where they convinced her that they were having trouble getting their Mercedes transferred over to the States from Germany. They were dining at Black Angus restaurant and Cher had four hundred dollars cash tucked in her wallet, ready to pay some bills with. During the course of that meal, Rudi successfully convinced her that their Mercedes was stuck in Customs and they needed money to get it out. Cher forked over all of the cash in her wallet in the parking lot after the meal. She described Michael as “quite elated” when he discovered they now had the cash to obtain their car.
“Thank you very much. Friends for life,” he said, pleased.
Today is my last day in the Studio before I move in to Seattle to await my husband (who is on a cross country train!) for a few days. So today is my last writing day for this time.
As always, thanks for being out there, reading and caring.
3 thoughts on “updates”
Memory is a moral act.
I’m so pleased to hear about this new program covering the case. For many in America, stuff didn’t really happen unless it’s on TV. Yes, it initially seems like an awful name — but it’s very appropriate. These really are awful monsters. That’s what they are: monsters doing monstrous things. They hope we avert our eyes — too afraid or too repulsed to look at that level of evil. But no! We will look and we will see you monsters. We will not be so broken that we shrivel up and shut up and look away. We will not stop telling and sharing and showing the gruesome horrors these demented monsters dared to think up and delighted in doing.
I love you so much Vance.
I love you — and I’m so proud of you for pushing on. Hang in there, girl! We are blessed. Hey, and I’ll be watching and thinking of you on Nov. 20!
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