Wednesday, July 20, 2011

Chronicler of Unsolved Crimes Zeroes In on FBI Fugitive

Albuquerque TV reporter turned filmmaker Charlie Minn is quickly establishing himself as a deft documentary chronicler of high-profile and very gruesome cold murder cases. It began in 2009 with A Nightmare in Las Cruces, his review of a 1990 massacre at New Mexico's Las Cruces Bowl. Made with the help of several New Mexico State University students, the movie earned Minn solid reviews and was released on DVD a few months ago by Lionsgate.

Next came 8 Murders a Day, an examination of the horrific drug war violence that is decimating the Mexican border city of Juarez. Now, Minn is hard at work trying to get to the bottom of yet another crime for which no one has been apprehended: the horrific April 2001 murder and burning in Scottsdale of a wife and two children by husband Robert William Fisher.

FBI Fugitive Fisher

Fisher (pictured above, as he might look today) is currently on the FBI's Ten Most Wanted List, the iconic compilation that has recently been able to check off both Osama bin Laden and James “Whitey” Bulger. There is a $100,000 reward for information leading to Fisher's arrest, and as of this month, Minn is back on the scene interviewing policemen and others. He tells Phoenix affiliate ABC 15 that he is hopeful his latest documentary can generate new tips about a fugitive last seen ten days after the crime and, if still alive today, would have just recently turned 50:

"Somebody out there knows something," said Minn. "I think he's alive, I mean there's no body found of this man, I believe he had help when his car and dog were found near Payson, I believe somebody picked him up."

Minn aims to have his newest true crime revisit, The Search for Robert Fischer, completed in time for a fall release.

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