Texas killings lead to movie
NBC NATIONAL NEWS — "Texas Killing Fields," a movie about the dozens of bodies that have been found outside Texas City in the past 40 years, opens in the Houston area Friday.
For Texas Equusearch founder Tim Miller, this movie is personal. His daughter, Laura Miller, was abducted and murdered in 1984. Her body was found in the area. He had his concerns about the movie.
"I'm hoping that they haven't exploited some of these cases for their own financial gain in something that's really not going to be of any real value to these cases," Miller said.
The movie was inspired by Brian Goetschius and Mike Land of the Texas City Police Department. Goetschius is now a captain with the department. Land has retired. Both investigated the murders. They say 27 or 28 cases are directly tied to the killing fields. The idea for the movie started about 15 years ago with the officers met the writer.
"The movie was done with the intention of bringing awareness to these victims and the frustration of law enforcement and we hope the people receive it in that spirit," Land said.
Both hope the movie leads to new information that could help solve cases that need new attention.
"At least from my part, there many victims that led into this movie and my heart's with them," Goetschius said. "Truly their grief and their anxiety and pain and torment is what I remember from the cases."
The movie opened to an invitation-only crowd Thursday night at the Edwards Greenway Grand Palace Theater. It opens at noon Friday for general admission.