This week, we continued researching our chosen area. I will upload my research when I can as it is currently on my college account.
I started writing my piece on the idea of two teenagers planning a massacre at their school and setting up a shooting range at Kings Wood. I have written it more in an article form/police report as I wanted it to feel realistic. I felt that if I had written it like a story, with dialogue etc, then it would’ve seemed fictional.
‘With stick forts and dancing shadows, Kings Wood has a lot to offer. High points and nature trails, woodland animals and flowing rivers. Families have been coming here for generations, walking their dogs and bonding with their children. Nothing bad could ever happen here, right?
Behind the tall hill known as Robins Point, lies smashed bottles and empty gun cartridges. The product of two teenagers planning a nightmare. Back in 2002, 17-year-old Harry Kemp and 16-year-old Alex Mitchell routinely visited here for target practice. The two planned a massacre at Towers School for over 6 months after being continuously bullied for years.
After bragging to their friends about their plans for ‘ultimate revenge,’ the police were alerted and intervened 2 weeks before the planned attack. Police reportedly found 5 firearms with hundreds of bullets as well as an arsenal of over 20 knives and 8 pipe bombs. Police also found over 50 hours of video footage of the two planning the attacks.
“Mate, I’m so ready for Judgement Day. Gonna be fuckin’ mental.” Boasted Mitchell, a twisted grin on his face, resting his chin on the barrel of a sawed off shotgun. The two were sat in Kemps bedroom.
Judgement Day was what the boys called their planned massacre, 9th May 2002.
“My first is gonna be [REDACTED.] Dumb bitch deserves it. We’ll be gods.” Muttered Kemp, loading up his chosen shotgun.
After the two were arrested, Kemp was diagnosed with Anti-social personality disorder as well as manic depression. Mitchell was diagnosed with schizoid personality disorder as well as depression and psychotic tendencies.
Both are being held in separate maximum security prisons where Kemp has attempted suicide multiple times.’
For this piece, I took a lot of inspiration from the 2003 film Zero Day. The film is told th
rough handheld and security cameras. It only shows the facts, what the characters actually said with no outside opinions or bias.
(Image taken from Alchetron.com)
I also wrote another piece, taking inspiration from the Barabara Forrest/Mary Ashford case.
In a somewhat grisly coincidence, it seems that two women, Barbara Forrest and Mary Ashford, were both victims of a similar crime committed in the tiny village of Erdington, some five miles outside of Birmingham in England. Both twenty-year olds—who happened to share the same birthday—had been raped and strangled, their bodies were found 300 yards apart, and both had been found on the same day—May 27th—157 years apart (1817 and 1974)! Even more remarkable, both had just visited a friend that evening, both had changed into a new dress that night, and both had gone to a dance (where they presumably met their killer). Still not remarkable enough for you? How about the fact that the man accused in both their crimes was named Thornton, and that both Thornton’s were eventually acquitted for the crime?
– Jeff Danelek, 2011.Toptenz.net.
Here is my piece so far. It is just a basic outline of the article I’m writing.
‘On 11th April 1903, 22 year-old Elizabeth Mason disappeared in Kings Wood whilst walking her dog. Authorities were alerted yet all they found was the dog and her pearl bracelet. To this day, she has never been found.
On 11th April 2003, 27 year-old Rachel Carter, nee Mason was walking her dog in Kings Wood. Police were alerted when the dog was found by itself. Rachel was nowhere to be found. All that was left at the scene was a pearl. Rachel’s family strongly deny her ever owning any jewelry containing pearls. To this day, she has not been found.’
Although I was ill during the week and had to miss two days, I was able to complete the questions set for us by Leasa which I will leave a link to.
Zero Day – 2003 American Independent film.
Research Questions– For Leasa