Cathy in Action
A CDB Documentary Film, (currently in production).
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This yet to be titled CDB documentary follows filmmaker Cathy DeBuono as she looks back on a time in her life when as a young, aspiring actress in Hollywood, she was able to elude the ruse of a violent sexual predator but unable to stop him from killing.
Fifteen years ago I encountered a violent, sexual predator. While I was able to survive, unharmed, I was unable to stop him from killing.
In 2003, 21-year-old Kristine Johnson went missing after her roommate explained that she had gone to an audition and never returned. I was inexplicably drawn to pay attention to her story. The morning news displayed a photograph of a person of interest in her case; it was the same man I had met a handful of years ago. I called the police immediately.
What I wouldn’t learn until after the trial was over in 2006, is that I was far from the only woman Victor Lawrence Paleologus had attempted to stalk, lure and attack.
Furthermore, I would come to learn, that despite a purely circumstantial case against him, it would be the “parade of women” and their individual decisions to talk that would create one collective voice finally loud enough to tip the scales of justice.
E! True Hollywood Story
On The Case with Paula Zahn,
Investigation Discovery Channel
have all documented this case… but still have yet to tell the full story.
All these years later, I’m still haunted by what
happened. I began to yearn for connection with these other women. It occurred to me that we had each shared a very unique experience; one at a time we took our best swing at stopping a predator, one at a time we had failed. I wondered how it may have haunted them. I wondered if they knew that together we had stopped him.
Now a licensed psychotherapist and having experienced the justice system first hand, I’m on a quest for understanding.
How did an identified offender with a long history of previous crimes ranging from financial cons to premeditated stalking and sexual violence continually find his way to his next victim?
Why (and how) do some women elude or survive these attacks while others do not?
Why do so many women have stories to tell of their attempts to acquire justice regarding sexual assault, to little or no avail?
What are the ripple effects that these acts radiate through society and how it functions?
Where do the many variables of responsibility lay in the creation of a seasoned offender like Victor Paleologus?
And finally, the burning question, was Kristine Johnson
VLP’ first murder victim?
During research and development for this project Cathy and her team have created a timeline of compelling proportions. Could it very well turn out to be the historic trail of a serial killer?
This yet to be titled CDB Documentary, currently in production, will be a feature length film.
In addition to speaking with the women involved with this case, DeBuono will speak with key players from the Paleologus Trial and other cases like it as she tries to unravel the variables at work in identifying and stopping these offenders successfully, or not.
She will speak with experts in the fields of forensic psychology, criminal profiling, victim advocate sources, voices of the maintstream media and those who study the ripple effect these acts radiate through society.
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