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Murder One (1988)

Fresly escaped from prison, Isaac is picked up by his brothers, and the entire brood embarks on a crime spree that claims the lives of six people.


Graeme Campbell




Cast overview, first billed only:
Henry Thomas ... Billy Isaacs
James Wilder ... Carl Isaacs
Stephen Shellen ... Wayne Coleman
Errol Slue Errol Slue ... George Dungee
Susan Bayliss Susan Bayliss ... Mary
Warren Van Evera Warren Van Evera ... Ned
Roger Barnes ... Jerry
David MacKay David MacKay ... Jimmy
John Fox John Fox ... Aubrey
John Lefebvre John Lefebvre ... Shuggie (as John LeFebvre)
Peter Faussett Peter Faussett ... Richard
Tracy Brett Tracy Brett ... Cheri
Kirsten Kieferle ... Lori
Timothy Burd ... Angel (as Tim Burd)
Kim Bourne Kim Bourne ... Sylvia


Fresly escaped from prison, Isaac is picked up by his brothers, and the entire brood embarks on a crime spree that claims the lives of six people.

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Based on a true story. See more »


Biography | Crime | Drama


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Written by Willie Nelson
Sung by Patsy Cline
Courtesy of MCA Records
Published by BMI
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As a southwest Georgian, not impressed
5 November 2006 | by swgaboy2003See all my reviews

I grew up 20 miles from where those murders were committed. I am anti-death penalty. But if anyone ever deserved to be executed, it was Carl Isaacs. He and his friends murdered 5 unsuspecting men and 1 pregnant woman who was also raped her and left her to die in an ant bed. All were members of the Alday family of Seminole Co., GA.

Even into the late 1980's (the murders took place in 1973), he said that the only way the Aldays "stood out" was "being killed by me." His frequent use of descriptions like "rednecks" and "backwoods" to describe the innocent and unsuspecting people that he and his friends murdered as well as their survivors, only added to salt to the deep wounds of an entire community. For 30 years, through appeals, not on grounds of innocence but on technicalities, a town of 2,800 people was forced to continue to pay for administrative costs during the many court procedures introduced on behalf of an admitted and unrepentant murderer. Meanwhile, because the men of the family were all executed by Isaacs and his gang, the surviving widows and children saw their lives fall into bankruptcy because they couldn't farm their land alone. For them, the pain of those events from that night lasted not just that one night, but for 30 years.

This movie's depiction of local people played right into Carl's description. Instead of showing good, decent, honest, hard-working, community-building people, they show a goober type of fellow waving stupidly from a tractor as a Isaacs and his gang drove by.

The movie doesn't spend much time on the Aldays, the only innocent people in this movie. Instead, it almost seems to invite sympathy for people who either murdered and raped or served as accomplices to all crimes committed on that fateful night.

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Release Date:

23 September 1988 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Assassinat en primer grau See more »

Filming Locations:

Toronto, Ontario, Canada

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M-One, SC Entertainment See more »
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