Jack in the Box

Here’s the start of the film:

Jack in the Box is Copyright©2005 by penULTIMATE, Ltd.

It’s a rare event when a murder victim eludes identification.  That’s the case here…the Ottawa County Sheriff’s Department has so far been unable to identify the body of this man who was murdered and then burned beyond recognition. I undertook this case when I was teaching at Hope College and involved the students who were studying the making of documentary films, much as I did when I set out to tell the story of Janet Chandler.  Ottawa County Sheriff Gary Rosema came to me to tell the story when his department ran out of leads.  His hope was that somebody would come forward with enough information to put a name with this carcass.  It hasn’t happened yet.  Make it so, will you, please?While we’d be delighted to sell you a DVD of the full program, we’re also going to show this here as a web film in several segments.  The entire program runs almost an hour.  We hope you find it interesting.

Know that the content is extremely graphic and may be disturbing.  This is not suitable for children or, probably, most teens.

There have been some changes since we made this film: I no longer teach at Hope College (although I continue to believe that it’s a wonderful school), and Det. Jim Brack and Lt. Steve Crumb of the Ottawa County (MI) Sheriff’s Department are retired.

What to know more about the film?  You can read Greg Olger’s news release about the program here.

Do you have a theory of the crime?  …A possible identity for the victim?  Let us know, please.

If you want to contact Det. Bob Donker,the lead on this case, you can do that here:

rdonker@miottawa.org.  He’d be VERY glad to hear from you.

Of course, if you want to purchase the DVD of Jack in the Box, you’d be more than welcome to do that here: