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Downloading The Devil
14 March 2014 | by (United Kingdom) – See all my reviews

This 40 minute or so documentary covers the murder of Jennifer Blagg and her daughter Abby by Jennifer's husband. Ostensibly the perfect couple, Michael had a craving for pornography which he satisfied by looking at pictures, apparently of women being dominated. In 21st Century America, most people wouldn't bat an eyelid at this sort of thing, but for God- fearing fire and brimstone type Christians like they were, things are different.

The documentary begins with Michael Blagg coming home after work and finding plenty of blood but no wife or daughter. Facing a perplexing crime scene and not a great deal to go on, detectives soon turn up plenty of clues including a handwritten note by Jennifer pointing towards a fight over the pornography, which was still on Michael's computer.

Blagg did not crack under interrogation but covert surveillance soon turned up other clues, the biggest one being suggestive of his dumping the bodies in the county landfill. This resulted in the police searching through nearly two million cubic feet of garbage. After 16 days they found a human leg, then the entire body of Jennifer Blagg; she had been shot in the head, apparently while asleep in bed. After another 26 days, the search was called off with the body of Blagg's daughter still missing.

A five week trial resulted in his conviction for the murder of his wife. Curiously he was never charged with the murder of his daughter.

Since this documentary, Blagg has attempted to obtain a retrial; this could happen in May this year, but even if it does, there is so much evidence against him that he is unlikely ever to be back on the streets.

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