Based on a true story, James Coburn portrays a military lawyer assigned to defend a confessed psychotic killer. Set in the context of WWII and the uneasy US-Australian military alliance. The accused killer claims to have killed 3 women in order to possess their voices. Despite the defense lawyer's concerns that the killer is not fit to stand trial, the US military presses forward with the case and its desire to have the killer executed in order to strengthen the shaky alliance. Written by
The obscenity of war. The brutality of murder. The travesty of justice.
Did You Know?
This movie is based on the true story of the murders of three Melbourne women by a United States military serviceman in Melbourne, Australia during the Second World War. The series of killings are known as The Brown-Out Murders whilst the killer, Private Eddie Leonski, was known as "The Brownout Strangler" or "The Brownout Murderer". "Brown-out' is a term which was used during the Second World War where people would dim the lights in their houses so as reduce the visibility of enemy airplanes. In 1942 World War II Australia, the city of Melbourne was in the thick of brown-out where the streets were dark and shadowy. See more