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originally posted by: jtiest
This thread has jumped from number one on ats's front page to completely-off the frontpage in a few hours.
I have decided I will post no more at ATS since this thread suddenly vanished. All the best.
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* Two of the main players were "ex"-military that saw tours in Iraq and Afghanistan, and they looked every bit as military when they made the promo. They carry themselves like special forces guys, not grunts, and they look the part as well.
In an email to a prospective producer, Crowley wrote that the project was "now almost completely abandoned" by its original backers and that he was "exhausted from carrying and managing this burden for so many years."
"Maybe the work load got too crazy; I don't know the personal reasons, but at the end of it all here I am at the end of the tunnel all alone," he wrote to a Los Angeles first assistant director in an email obtained by the Pioneer Press. "The fans continue to gather, but they're frustrated and despondent. No one believes anymore."
Crowley left behind a two-sentence note, but Hendricks wouldn’t say what it said. “It’s very short. It’s very puzzling. Honestly it doesn’t [explain what happened.] It doesn’t put much into perspective. It’s two sentences. That’s all it is.”
Hendricks said he last talked to Crowley on the phone on Dec. 2. Another friend talked to him by phone on the 16th or 17th of December, then his brother, Dan, dropped off Christmas presents on the 26th or 27th.
This is a very good and moving write-up about the tragic death of David Crowley and his family from a close friend of his who knew him for 15 years, Mitch Heil. If you think that the Crowley family's deaths were some kind of government assassination, you really should read it. Also included is a link to donate to a fund that will go towards hopsital bills for Komel Crowley's mother, who is currently in the hospital dying of cancer.
Check it out:
"So, I don’t even know how to begin this. I have been quiet on the matter ever since I found out but I feel I am ready to give my views on the subject of David and what happened with his family. As you all know by now, one of my best friends of the last 15 years killed his wife Komel and his Daughter Raniya and then turned the gun on himself. It happened sometime around Christmas and their bodies were not found until this last weekend. Of course we are all in shock. We cannot fathom the David we knew. The David we loved, was capable of doing this. Why would he do that? As with any situation like this there are a lot of questions and some will probably never be answered. This is going to be a long winding story of our relationship over the past 15 years, good memories and bad. I hope this will clear up some questions you may have about the situation.
I went to High School with David. He is the one who introduced me to airsoft. We were 14 years old at the time and we would run around his woods and we would shoot bb’s at eachother. As our passion for the sport grew so did our involvement in the airsoft community. We upgraded from springer pistols into automatic electric guns. We got involved with the Minnesota Airsoft Association. That is where I was introduced to some now-lifelong friends. Erik Pakieser, Chris Dellwo, Gabe Stitzel, and countless others who I may not talk to often, but are still in contact with. We hosted many games at his house including the first ever Basic Airsoft Training Course which was meant to teach movements, tactics, but above all safety and sportsmanship. That class still goes on today 14 years later. This military simulation gaming turned into a want to join the Army. So that’s what we did. We were 17 years old and enrolled in the Delayed Entry Program. We would meet 1 weekend a month and play army for 1 year.
Then we did join the Army. 20 days after graduating High School we got flown down to Ft. Benning, GA. That is where we were introduced to some more lifelong friends. We met Eric TheFetus Duplissa and Jonathan Arciaga in basic training. After that I went to the 82nd in North Carolina and he went to Germany with Eric. I kept in contact with them throughout the years and even met up with Jon and his wife a few months ago.
After we got out of the Army, we went to Minnesota School of Business together to learn how to make movies. This of course wasn’t necessarily our first time doing anything film related. In High School David produced, wrote, and directed his first feature length movie, A Woman Named Amanda. In film school we met some more lifelong friends. Wayne H Johnson Jr., Troy Antoine LaFaye, Marshall Johnson, Red White, and especially my girlfriend of 3 years, Sherri Dahl. It was there that his passion, drive, and talent really shone. He was so creative and so good. He picked up After Effects, Photoshop, Final Cut, and everything else (except maya. I could still kick his ass in maya). We started up two businesses here in the cities. Hot Head Productions, our video production company and The Bullet Exchange, our police and military uniform and prop rental company. He wrote and directed and shot our first short film, For The Bitch and then our second follow-up zombie movie, Pandemic. Which is where I was introduced to Adam Shambour. Soon after that we met Danny August Mason and began working on Gray State. The trailer of Gray State was the largest and most intense small production I’ve ever been a part of and probably ever will be. It was basically the 3 of us doing all the planning. Danny and David doing the writing, scripting, storyboarding, etc. I did more of the logistics and technical stuff. During the shooting of that is where we were formally introduced and became friends with Charles Hubbell, Dani Palmer, Kelly Barry-Miller, and countless others. After the summer of shooting the trailer it was over 1 year of post production. The release of the trailer in conjunction with an indiegogo campaign was wildly successful. Everything was coming up Milhouse.
But that was the high point. The original Gray State idea was very much conspiracy theory, government takeover, etc. The script for the actual movie gradually shifted gears. It was becoming less and less about the surface level conspiracy/this world stuff and became more and more about masonic rituals, spirituality, occultism, etc. During this time we were also getting involved more with actual conspiracy theorists. We went to the Bildeberg meeting in Virginia. We went to Tampa for Paulfest/RNC protests. During this time I was becoming more and more depressed. I was reading into theories and even starting to believe them. Its a wild world full of scary # and I was not in a good place. Eventually I finally broke out and said # that #. I don’t believe it. I think I became an anti-conspiracy person. Anything they said I had to find rebuttals for. This wildly different view on life is what eventually broke off my relationship with the Gray State project. We officially split ways from Gray State in mid/late 2013 or so. I was still part of Hot Head Productions and Bullet Exchange though.
Because of the manner of project Gray State was, it was a full time ever-consuming job to him. He would wake up early and write and research and plan. This would go until very late at night. The cycle would repeat 7 days a week. There was no time to grow our production company or rental company. All focus was directed at Gray State which I was no longer a part of. I saw what it was doing to him, but I didn’t say anything. I honestly thought it was a phase. The few times we would hang out outside of “work” he was fine which is why I didn’t think anything of it. Eventually this disassociation with everything non-Gray State related took a toll on our businesses and our relationship. In September 2014 we officially split the businesses up. I knew he needed all the resources possible so I didn’t take any money. My compensation was some audio gear that he would have never used anyway. I was happy with that. It seemed like a mutual decision. He was looking thinner than usual but his spirits seemed high. That was the last time I ever heard from him again.
On the surface everything looked fine to me. He loved Komel and he loved Rani. I remember we all went to Green Mill once for something and this was the first time and Rani sat on Sherri’s lap. She had never met Sherri before, but she was so full of joy. So happy. She kept saying “Can we bring her home?” It was the most adorable thing ever. I was never super close with Komel. We would obviously talk. When she had her KC Cakes business I would sometimes get the scrap/practice cakes and I bought a cake from her for my Mom once. Komel was always fun to hang out with. I never saw any strain on their relationship aside from normal arguments that a married couple might have.