Crowley Murder Story A NewsFocus
Examination of the Media's Effort to Accurately Report the Facts
This is how the media has portrayed the tragic deaths of filmmaker David
Crowley and his family.
Two glaring points
regarding the media...
The corporate media immediately reports the story
as a double murder-suicide, even when there is outstanding critical
evidence that might suggest otherwise.
The independent media tend to be more open to
getting all the facts and not accepting the official pat answer right off
The glaring fact here is
this... the police
found the back sliding glass door already open when they arrived,
in the middle of winter during a
horrible cold-snap in the Minneapolis area, and yet not one media
outlet found this out for themselves, or they simply did not wish to
report the facts.
So much for investigative
All they had to do was some
expected due diligence, and simply look at the readily available
If they had, like true
journalists should, they would have listened to the
police dispatch audio recordings, which provide audio evidence of the
initial investigating officer saying, "rear
slider is unlocked, slighly ajar."
That's a huge piece of evidence to dismiss out of hand.
piece at the bottom of the page contains info that many outlets decided to
overlook or omit.
The bodies of David Crowley, his wife Komel and their
five year old daughter, Rani were found January 17 by next door neighbors
who became worried when they had not seen the family in several weeks.
Holiday packages piled up on the doorstep, and when the neighbor rang the
doorbell, a dog barked inside, leading them to look in a window and make the
discovery. Authorities located a firearm at the scene and have determined
the cause of death to be gunshot wounds.
Komel Crowley is mourned by many in this tight knit
University of Minnesota program where she received a master's degree in
public health and nutrition. Miles remembers Crowley's ambition from the
first phone interview that would gain her entrance into the esteemed
"She said, no, wait a second, I prepared a speech, and
she gave a speech why she was the best candidate, and of course, she had a
spot," remembers Miles.
Miles said Crowley then went on to excel in her course
work, even during a grueling schedule while raising her young child. MIles
said Crowley could have even graduated early.
"Literally everybody wanted to hire Komel even though
she was a student and couldn't be hired. Everyone wanted to hire her because
she learned fast," said Miles.
Miles had coffee with Crowley a few months ago when
Crowley left her job at Park Nicollet's Melrose Center and started her own
Mind Body Dietician. Miles said she had no concerns about Crowley's
well-being, only seeing happiness that day, and even left the meeting
feeling proud of Crowley's achievements.
"She was the happiest I have ever seen Komel. She
looked gorgeous, enthusiastic, joking, offering to help me with different
things," said Miles. "Komel was enthusiastic and driven had so much energy,
she had so had so many goals, always starting something new, and would never
stop. I feel personally she never would have wanted to go, or her daughter
That loss is also felt at the Minnesota School of
Business, where David Crowley received a degree and was known for his
talents, intelligence and highly creative film production.
"I would argue
he was a genius level intelligence. He was able to process information on a
much different level than most people," said Troy LaFaye, a Minnesota
School of Business digital video adjunct instructor, who had Crowley in
extremely level-headed, personable and also very compassionate I thought, he
honestly cared about getting this message," said LaFaye.
David Crowley wrote and directed a yet to be released
film about the militarization of the U.S. called "Gray
State." The film's website states a
crowd funding campaign raised more than $60,000 to make the film.
LaFaye mentored Crowley as he produced his film and
recently became worried when he hadn't heard from Crowley in several weeks,
but according to family and friends, this wasn't unusual behavior as Crowley
often isolated himself often in his work.
"Knowing how talented he was and how passionate he was
about telling the story and how clearly he loved his family, how connected
those two things were, it's part of what pushed him because he believed his
family would be in danger and he didn't want his family to live in a world
like that," said LaFaye. "It's very sad on so many levels."
LaFaye said while Crowley was open about his past
military deployment, those that knew him say he didn't openly show any signs
of trauma or red flags. David Crowley's
Instagram account shows him posing with numerous guns but LaFaye said he
personally didn't see Crowley as a gun enthusiast. Neighbors had also seen
guns in his garage, but didn't know if they were real or if they were props
from his movie.
"It's going to
be easy to point a lot of fingers in a lot of different directions. The
tragedy to me is that he really was a good person. There wasn't a bad bone
in his body, and to have something like this happen to someone like him is
the real tragedy I think."
Apple Valley Police aren't yet releasing any more
details as the Hennepin County Medical Examiner's report is still pending.
Investigators working the murder-suicide of aspiring
filmmaker David Crowley and his wife and their 5-year-old daughter said
Friday that there were no physical signs of a struggle on either of the
bodies or in the Apple Valley home where they were fatally shot.
The revelations were among the new information that
Apple Valley police released Friday in the deaths of Crowley, 29; his wife,
Komel, 28; and their daughter, Raniya.
The Hennepin County medical examiner's office has
ruled that the deaths of Komel and Raniya were homicides, while Crowley died
of suicide. Each died of a single gunshot wound to the head.
The medical examiner's office did not find additional
marks or injuries on the bodies that point to a physical struggle before
their deaths, Apple Valley police Capt.
The house was intact, he added.
"If there was a scuffle, you'd expect to find maybe
something broken, maybe something knocked over," he said. "There was nothing
All three were shot in a front room and died there
close to each other, Bermel said. A handgun was next to David Crowley's
have also determined the last verified activity at the residence was in late
December, Bermel said.
The bodies were discovered Jan. 17 by a concerned
neighbor who peered through a window after not seeing signs of life for
several weeks and noticing wrapped Christmas presents on the front doorstep.
The deaths left the Crowleys' families, friends and
neighbors wondering what happened.
They described David and Komel Crowley as a happy,
There were signs, however, that David Crowley may have
been dealing with some financial issues with his planned feature film, "Gray
State," which the Army veteran scripted but had yet to bring into
production. The script revolves around a police state, martial law crackdown
and social breakdown.
According to a Facebook post Wednesday by David Kirk
West -- an Oregon writer, director and producer -- Crowley showed his
financial stress in three direct messages he sent him through the
In a June 19, 2014 message, which West took a
screenshot of and included in his Facebook post, Crowley asks, "how do you
live with filmmaking as your profession? ... don't you panic when things get
slow? Don't you stress and worry. I can't get away from evil thoughts some
In a Nov. 24, 2013 message, Crowley said he wonders
"how other filmmakers survive."
"I finally went broke this week," Crowley's message
Crowley voiced concern about his movie project to a
Los Angeles film director on Dec. 17, 2014. He told Jason Allen the project
-- now four years in the making -- was "now almost completely abandoned" by
its original backers and that he was "exhausted from carrying and managing
this burden for so many years."
Meanwhile, the Bullet Exchange, a company that Crowley
co-owned, went out of business in September, according to its Twitter
account. The company trained actors how to use weapons and military and
police gear in film.
"Twin Cities filmmakers! Come on down and check out BX
liquidation sale," reads the company's most recent Twitter post, made Sept.
Bermel said investigators have not determined what
caused Crowley to pull the trigger, though he added, "What we're realizing
now is that there was some amount of substance use there, some financial
stress and -- as we've seen in some of the (news) stories -- what we're
learning is there was starting to be some isolation."
Bermel would not comment further about the substance
use, including if it was legal or illegal.
"I have 30 years' experience as a cop and what I've
found is that any one of these three things alone typically isn't going to
explain some kind of act like this," he said. "What I can tell you is we are
getting some indications of what may have contributed to this."
have not found anything to indicate an intruder entered the home and is
responsible for the deaths -- a prevalent conspiracy theory held by
some on various websites, Bermel said.
"We deal with
facts," he said. "The reality is this is a heartbreaking tragedy."
The Dakota County Electronic Crimes Task Force, a unit
formed this month, is in the early stages of its forensic analysis of
computers and electronic devices confiscated from the Crowley house.
"We're still going through what we have, and as you
can imagine, this guy was making a lot of video and he had a lot of storage
in the house," Bermel said. "I'm anticipating the analysis could provide
important information about this incident, but it's just going to take
No sign of intrusion
in Apple Valley murder-suicide
FOX 9, by Fox 9 staff -
Posted: Jan 23, 2015 10:49 AM CST Updated: Jan 23, 2015 10:50 AM CST
APPLE VALLEY, Minn. (KMSP)
- Apple Valley police found no signs of
intrusion or struggle in the home of Komel and David Crowley,
where the couple and their 5-year-old daughter, Raniya, were found dead in a
murder-suicide on Saturday, Jan. 17.
- David Crowley, 29, Komel Crowley, 28, and Raniya
Crowley, 5, all died of gunshot wounds.
- Investigators found a handgun next to David
- The Hennepin County medical examiner determined
Komel and Raniya Crowley died of homicide, while David Crowley died of
- The three bodies were found in close proximity to
each other in the front room of the house.
- There were no signs of intrusion or struggle.
- Investigators determined the bodies were there for
weeks. The last verified activity at the house was in late December.
- Investigators seized several phones, computers and
other personal electronic devices from the home. The Dakota County
Electronic Crimes Task Force is completing forensic analysis of the devices,
which could provide important information on what led up to the
What else we know
David Crowley put together a trailer for a movie
called Gray State. The plot imagines a dystopian America ruled by a
Charles Hubbel was an actor in the trailer and says in
recent months Crowley became despondent that the project had lost steam.
"September time... he stopped talking to people,"
Hubbel said. "He asked me to stay in touch with him so we could support each
other, and he just stopped taking my calls... He was in a place where he
needed help, and it was too big for him to help himself."
David was also part of a company that taught actors
how to handle weapons.
APPLE VALLEY, Minn. (AP) — Autopsy results confirm the
deaths of two adults and one child in Apple Valley were the result of a
Twenty-nine-year-old David Crowley, his wife,
28-year-old Komel Crowley, and their 5-year-old daughter Ranita, were found
dead Saturday in their Apple Valley home.
The Hennepin County Medical Examiner says all three
died of a gunshot wound to the head. Ranita and Komel Crowley's deaths were
ruled homicides, while David Crowley's death was ruled a suicide.
The medical examiner lists
Saturday as their date of death, but the day of injury is left blank on the
family members have told local media that they hadn't heard from the family
in weeks. Police say their bodies were discovered Saturday by a
Unless the medical examiner is hanging his hat for sure on Saturday
as the day of death, they had better do their due diligence in getting
the exact date. They do this all the time with bodies dead beyond two
weeks. It will be interesting to see if they actually say Saturday is the
"official day," or if they simply say, "It's just the best that we could
do under the circumstances." We await a detailed explanation on the
exact time of death.
Neighbor Collin Prochnow went to check on the house
after it appeared that the family hadn't been home for weeks, and packages
were piling up on their doorstep. He rang the doorbell Saturday afternoon,
and all he heard was a dog barking inside the home.
He peeked through the window and said he saw three
bodies on the ground with a black handgun next to them.
"Never heard any yelling, never heard any screaming, a
husband and wife fight or anything like that," Prochnow said.
The Hennepin County Medical Examiner's Office has not
yet released the victims' names, but the neighbors identify the family as
David Crowley; his wife, Komel Crowley; and their 5-year-old daughter.
Prochnow said he is in shock, recalling a night in
December when he awoke to something that sounded like gunshots. But he never
thought anything of it until Saturday when he discovered the bodies.
"You have something that happens like that next door
and you don't really know when it happened," he said. "And the little girl,
why did they have to take the little girl with them when they do things like
David Crowley was a filmmaker, who wrote and directed
a recent film about the militarization of the U.S. called Gray State,
which has not been released. The film's website states a crowd funding
campaign raised more than $60,000 to make the film.
Komel Crowley was a self-employed dietitian whose
business was called Mind Body Dietitian. She studied at the University of
Minnesota and her LinkedIn page shows she previously specializing in
treating eating disorders.
Apple Valley couple,
5-year-old daughter dead in apparent murder-suicide Report by
Posted: Jan 18, 2015 7:19 PM CST Updated: Jan 18, 2015 9:44
APPLE VALLEY, Minn. (KMSP)
- An Apple Valley couple and their 5-year-old daughter were found
dead on Saturday in a home on the 1000 block of Ramsdell Drive in what
police are calling "an apparent murder-suicide."
Police were called to the home just before 1 p.m. by
neighbors who had looked inside and saw what appeared to be bodies.
Neighbors told Fox 9 it had been close to a month since they last David and
Komel Crowley and their 5-year-old daughter.
"So I went over there to look, and I looked in the
window, and I saw like a heap of things. Then I noticed a human hand and a
noticed her finger nails and nail beds and I thought dummies don't have nail
beds," Judy Prochnow said.
Apple Valley police in a press release characterized
the incident as "an apparent murder-suicide," and have not released their
identities, but said there is no believed threat to public safety.
Authorities have not released an official cause of death, nor have they
determined how long the bodies had been there.
Neighbors said they saw a dog inside the home along with the bodies and a
handgun, though that detail has yet to be confirmed with police. They told
Fox 9 David Crowley was a filmmaker, and his wife Komel was a dietician.
Crowley wrote and directed a movie called "Grey State." A description of the
film can be found
"The world reels with the turmoil of war, geological
disaster, and economic collapse, while Americans continue to submerge
themselves in illusions of safety and immunity. While rights are sold for
security, the federal government, swollen with power, begins a systematic
takeover of liberty in order to bring about a New World Order."
Police are calling it a murder-suicide. They'd
apparently been dead for weeks, though the family dog was still alive.
Overholster, a 13-year-old boy who lived down the street, tells Fox 9, "I
kind of think it wasn't him, because when I met him this summer they got
along so well."
When they met at a garage sale last summer, David told
the boy his passion was filmmaking.
David put together a trailer for a movie called
Gray State. The plot imagines a dystopian America ruled by a tyrannical
Charles Hubbel was an actor in the trailer and says in
recent months Crowley became despondent that the project had lost steam.
time... he stopped talking to people," Hubbel says. "He asked me to stay in
touch with him so we could support each other, and he just stopped taking my
calls... He was in a place where he needed help, and it was too big for him
to help himself."
David was also part of a company that taught actors
how to handle weapons.
What happened remains less than clear. On social media
there are photos showing David smiling with his wife, who worked as a
couple, child found dead in home Chris
Hrapsky and Lindsey Seavert, KARE - 11:23 a.m. EST
January 20, 2015
APPLE VALLEY, Minn. – A child is among the three
bodies found inside an Apple Valley house in an apparent murder-suicide,
according to police. Authorities located a firearm at the scene and have
determined the cause of death to be gunshot wounds.
Neighbor Collin Prochnow first discovered the bodies
Saturday afternoon while checking on the home.
"Never heard any yelling, never heard any screaming, a
husband and wife fight or anything like that," said Prochnow.
He said it appeared his neighbors hadn't been home for
weeks, and the packages were piling up on their doorstep.
Prochnow rang the doorbell Saturday, but no one
answered, except he heard a dog barking inside the home.
When he peeked through the window, Prochnow said he
saw three bodies on the ground with a black handgun next to them.
"Shock. You have something that happens like that next
door and you don't really know when it happened. And the little girl, why
did they have to take the little girl with them when they do things like
that?" said Prochnow.
The Hennepin County Medical Examiner's Office has not
yet identified the bodies, but the neighbors identify the family as David
Crowley, his wife, Komel Crowley, and their five-year-old daughter.
Prochnow said David Crowley was a filmmaker, who wrote
and directed a recent film about the militarization of the U.S. called "Gray
State." Crowley appeared in an
online program two years ago to promote the film, which has not been
released. The film's
website states a crowd funding campaign raised more than $60,000 to make
Komel Crowley was a self-employed dietitian who
operated a business called
Mind Body Dietitian. She studied at the University of Minnesota and her
LinkedIn page shows she previously worked at Park Nicollet's Melrose Center,
specializing in treating eating disorders.
Prochnow said he can recall a night in December when
he awoke to something that sounded like gunshots but never thought anything
of it, not until Saturday when he discovered the bodies. David Crowley's Instagram account shows him posing with numerous guns. Neighbors had also
seen guns in his garage, but didn't know if they were real or if they were
props from his movie.
WCCO by Susan-Elizabeth Littlefield - January 18, 2015 3:50
MINNEAPOLIS (WCCO) — A 5-year-old
girl and her parents were found dead in which appears to have been a
murder-suicide committed possibly weeks ago in Apple Valley.
The three bodies were discovered Saturday on Ramsdell
Drive. A neighbor identified the people involved as David Crowley, Komel
Crowley and their 5-year-old daughter.
It’s not clear how long the Crowley family had been
gone. Their next-door neighbor, Colin Prothnow, had assumed they were on a
long holiday. He’d even cleared their driveway with a snow blower twice.
However, when he spotted unopened Christmas gifts by
the door, he peeked in the window Saturday afternoon. Prothnow said that,
through the window, he saw Crowley, who is listed as a veteran, nearby his
wife and their daughter.
One neighbor said they were the picture perfect
Investigators found a firearm at the scene and have
determined gunshot wounds to be the cause of death. Police are not saying
how long they think they’ve been inside the home.
Police spent several hours in Apple Valley
Saturday gathering evidence for the investigation.
For people who live nearby, seeing the police presence
Saturday was unnerving.
“I was shocked, and I’ve never seen anything like this
in Apple Valley before,” one neighbor said.
Authorities said there is no threat to public safety
and the incident remains under investigation. The Minnesota Bureau of
Criminal Apprehension and the Dakota County Sheriff’s Office are assisting
the Apple Valley Police Department with the investigation.
David Crowley was a veteran of the U.S. Army, he
served five years and left in 2009 to become a filmmaker. Komel Crowley was
a registered dietician who ran her own business. One friend says they doted
on their five-year-old daughter.
"They were great parents. They loved their kids," said
Charles Hubbell, a friend of the couple.
All three of them were found shot to death in their
Apple Valley home, and may have been that way for weeks. Neighbors say there
had been no activity at the house for weeks, and Christmas packages were
still unwrapped on the front step.
David Crowley's most high-profile film project was a
movie trailer called "Gray State." The
trailer on Youtube shows FEMA agents killing Americans.
Hubbell stars in the trailer and says despite the
project's violent slant, Crowley was professional and compassionate.
"This is not the David that I know. This is nowhere
near the David I know. He was proud of his service. He was proud of his
expertise," Hubbell said.
Medical examiner rules
Apple Valley deaths were murders-suicide
PAT PHEIFER , Star Tribune | Updated: January 21, 2015 - 10:54 PM
Friends and family members of David Crowley have set
up a fund for his wife’s family in Texas.
David Crowley, an independent
filmmaker and screenwriter, shot his wife, Komel, and their 5-year-old
daughter Rani in the head before shooting himself, according to a report
from the Hennepin County medical examiner’s office released Wednesday.
Yet Jason Allen, a producer based in
Los Angeles, also said Wednesday that Crowley’s words and actions when the
two met in September and in an e-mail Crowley sent him on Dec. 17, seem
contradictory to a man who was about to kill his family and himself.
A news release from the
Apple Valley Police Department also contained the official
identifications and said the investigation is continuing.
Crowley had written a screenplay and
produced a trailer for a movie called “Gray State,” about government
conspiracy and militarization. He wrote to Allen that he was working 18-hour
days to build his concept “into an empire.”
The two met in Los Angeles, when
Crowley asked Allen to consider signing on to the project as an executive
Allen, a first assistant director
who said he has worked on independent films, music videos and commercials,
said, “David had this consistency and this very steady way about him. In
many ways it felt very contradictory to the actions of a murder-suicide. I
truly saw an optimism to it.”
Crowley talked in the two-page
e-mail to Allen about being “almost completely abandoned” by his original
film partners and being “at the end of a tunnel all alone.”
But he said, “Gray State fans are
growing at a rate of 100-200 per day even now, and when I get started I can
only expect they’ll keep coming.
Crowley told Allen in the e-mail
that in a few weeks he would release a documentary called “The Rise,” a
“manifesto on the Gray State model,” as well as “a few new trailers for a
Gray State series.”
Crowley wrote, “I have no idea who
much money is going to come together when this kicks off here in a few
weeks, but it might be enough to get started on a series, then independent
feature(s) running a common story line.”
Allen was out of town over the
holidays and didn’t respond to Crowley’s e-mail until Jan. 8. By then the
family was dead.
The three bodies were found by a
neighbor Saturday afternoon in the living room of their home in the 1000
block of Ramsdell Drive in Apple Valley. They had been there for up to four
weeks; no one had talked to them since before Christmas.
The medical examiner’s office said
the deaths of Komel Crowley, 29, and Rani were homicide; David Crowley’s
death was suicide.
Mason Hendricks, one of David
Crowley’s best friends, said earlier in the week that his friend left a
two-sentence note that doesn’t explain anything. Hendricks wouldn’t say what
the note contained.
Meanwhile, Crowley’s friends and
brother, Dan, have started a fund for Komel Crowley’s family in Texas, which
is struggling with her mother’s terminal cancer and medical bills. The fund
is set up at www.gofundme.com/kjrrqw.
Dan Crowley wrote, in part, on the
page, “Right now, this is a time of darkness in the lives of our families,
but your love is shining through and good will triumph because of it. And
now, friends, for those of you who have generously offered help, I finally
have a way for you to do so.”
PAT PHEIFER , Star Tribune - Updated: January 20, 2015 - 10:30 AM
“You could not imagine a more committed couple” than David and Komel
Crowley, he said.
Friends of David and Komel Crowley were in disbelief
and anguish Monday, two days after the bodies of the couple and their
5-year-old daughter, Rani, were found in their
Apple Valley home.
Apple Valley police said Monday that the three died
of gunshot wounds, and they continued to characterize it as “an apparent
Their bodies went undiscovered for up to four weeks.
A neighbor stopped by the house about 12:30 p.m. Saturday to collect
packages that were piling up on the front stoop of the tidy white rambler.
The neighbor called police after looking in a window and seeing the bodies
lying in the living room. A black handgun lay nearby.
Mason Hendricks, a close friend, said Crowley and his
wife (were) amazingly close and in-tune and speculated that even their deaths had
to have been a mutual decision.
“You could not imagine a more committed couple,” he
said. “They just fed off each other.”
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.
Dan Crowley told Hendricks on Monday that the
Crowleys’ dog, Paleo, popped his head up into the large front window. Dan
Crowley didn’t want to bother his brother and sister-in-law, so left and
later called and texted his brother a couple of times, with no reply.
Crowley’s father, reached on Monday, said he was not
ready to talk about the deaths.
Crowley, 29, a filmmaker and screenwriter, worked at
home and it wasn’t unusual for him to become a recluse while working.
Komel Crowley, 28, was a self-employed dietitian who was trying to develop
a business. Their daughter wasn’t in school yet or in day care because
both parents were usually with her, Hendricks said.
“It’s a surprise, it’s a travesty, it’s honest-to-God
terrible,” Hendricks said. “But literally there was no indication.”
“There are no answers,” he said. “What you’re
ultimately hearing is you had an awesome human being who loved his family
and loved life. Then there’s something that none of us know.
“He’s not a person who snaps. He was too methodical,”
Crowley was listed as the writer and director of a
movie-in-progress called “Gray State” and was a co-owner of the project.
He had gone to Hollywood in April or May last year and told friends that
producers were interested in buying his screenplay for a lot of money and
wanted to make the movie.
Crowley’s garage contained an arsenal of props for
the movie — camouflage clothing, automatic weapons, gas masks and flak
jackets. He and a friend had started a company called the Bullet Exchange,
to rent the props and train actors to use weapons in films.
Komel Crowley was Pakistani, and her family in Texas
didn’t approve of her marrying a white military-type guy, Hendricks said.
Crowley and his family didn’t talk too much either, he said.
Hendricks said that Crowley lost 20 or 30 pounds last
fall, but attributed it to being consumed by his projects.
“When he gets into something, he gets into it,”
Hendricks said. “He didn’t look like himself. I don’t know.”
Although Crowley was an Army veteran and had served
in Afghanistan, he wasn’t a “gun nut,” didn’t suffer from PTSD and was
very anti-militarism, Hendricks said.
“I know that people and media and different outlets
are going to paint him as this right-wing extremist that had guns. The guy
believed in peaceful stuff,” Hendricks said. “He believed in waking people
up through knowledge, not through violence.”
A Facebook group called Justice for David Crowley and
Family has been started “to investigate the odd circumstances surrounding
the death of David Crowley, his wife and daughter.” As of Monday, the
group had 25 members.
Hendricks and other friends went to visit Paleo at an
animal hospital Monday. The dog will probably go to Crowley’s brother
after police finish their investigation, Hendricks said.
3 dead in Apple Valley from
apparent murder-suicide, police say
y Melanie Sommer
Three people found dead in a home in Apple Valley Saturday afternoon
apparently died by murder-suicide, according to police. The victims were two
adults and one child, according to the Star
The three were found in their home in the 1000 block of Ramsdell Drive
after a neighbor called police to report he had seen the bodies through a
window while checking on the house.
The neighbor said he went over after noticing the lights in the house had
remained on. He then noticed unopened packages on the doorstep, the St.
Paul Pioneer Press reports.
Apple Valley police have not yet released the names of the victims, but
the Star Tribune and several other media outlets have identified them
as David Crowley, 29; his wife, Komel Crowley, 28, and their 5-year-old
daughter, Rani. The official identification will come from the medical
The neighbor said he hadn’t seen the residents since before Christmas,
and the bodies had apparently been in the home for days or weeks, said the
Police said they also found a dog in the home who was alive but “very
angry,” according to the Pioneer Press.
The bodies were taken to the Hennepin County Medical Examiners office.
The investigation is continuing, with assistance from the Minnesota Bureau
of Criminal Apprehension and the Dakota County Sheriff’s Office.
It isn't known
exactly when the three died. In its report, the
medical examiner's office lists their date of death as the day they were
found. Neighbors said they stopped seeing signs of life in
the house around Christmas.
Friends and neighbors of David and Komel Crowley
described the couple as happy. The pair met in Texas, where Komel was
attending Baylor University and Crowley was stationed with the Army. They
married in 2008, shortly before Crowley deployed to Iraq.
Crowley, an Owatonna, Minn., native, was a filmmaker
and screenwriter who had been working on "Gray State," a
government-conspiracy-themed movie he scripted but had yet to film.
Komel Crowley was a registered dietitian who, like her
husband, mostly worked from home.
Raniya is remembered for her "infinite curiosity and
love of all things pink," an obituary for her and her parents reads.
Funeral services have been set for next week in
Owatonna. A visitation will be from 3 to 8 p.m. Tuesday at Michaelson
Funeral Home, while a memorial service followed by a reception will begin at
11 a.m. Wednesday at the VFW.
David Crowley's brother, Dan Crowley of St. Paul,
declined to comment on the deaths when he was reached Tuesday.
Earlier this week, he set up a
GoFundMe.com page for Komel's mother,
Naila Alam, who has cancer and is hospitalized in Texas. She does not have
medical insurance, Crowley wrote.
"Right now, this is a time of darkness in the lives of
our families, but your love is shining through and good will triumph because
of it," he wrote in an update Wednesday.
He wrote that the families have "heartache, and an
endless list of questions, most of which will never be answered."
The bodies of David Crowley,
his wife, Komel Crowley, and their 5-year-old daughter, Rani, were
discovered in their home at 1051 Ramsdell Drive, Apple Valley, in an
apparent murder-suicide. (Pioneer Press: Scott Takushi)
A couple and their child were killed in an apparent murder-suicide in
Apple Valley, police said Sunday.
The three bodies were found Saturday in their rambler home on Ramsdell
Drive, after Apple Valley police were called about 1 p.m.
Police would not identify the victims Sunday. A neighbor who discovered
the bodies said they were David Crowley; his wife, Komel; and their
5-year-old daughter, Rani.
The neighbor, Collin Prochnow, said he had a passing acquaintance with
the family. His wife, Judy, said, "Our grandkids would go over and play with
It isn't known exactly when the three died, but the Prochnows believe it
was near Christmas. That's when they stopped seeing signs of life in the
"I assumed they had gone somewhere for Christmas," said Collin Prochnow.
The neighbors became suspicious last week when they noticed the same
lights on in the home day and night.
Collin Prochnow decided to check on them Saturday. As he approached the
front door, he noticed Christmas presents sitting unopened on the doorstep.
He peered into the house and saw three bodies and a handgun on the floor
and then called police.
According to police radio messages recorded by
MnPoliceClips.com, police reported
finding the "obviously deceased bodies" on the first floor of the home,
along with a "very angry dog."
"That dog looked thin, and he was already skinny to begin with," Prochnow
According to David Crowley's LinkedIn profile, he served in the U.S.
Army. "After five years I had had enough, and left to pursue filmmaking,"
the profile says.
Crowley, who attended the Minnesota School of Business, wrote and
directed a movie, "Gray State." The trailer for the film shows FEMA agents
spying on and killing hundreds of Americans. The tagline for the film is
"The Second American Revolution may not be remembered."
YouTube videos show him promoting the film at several events, including
at a Ron Paul rally in Florida in 2012.
Twin Cities actor Charles Hubbell
starred in the trailer for "Gray State," which appears to appeal to
Hubbell said he doesn't believe
that Crowley, whom he described as efficient, disciplined, passionate and
inspirational, believed fully in all the conspiracy theories of government
takeover that make up his film.
"When we talked about 'Gray
State' I told him I'm not really into conspiracies," Hubbell said Sunday.
"I told him I'm a Buddhist/atheist/tree-hugging liberal, and with a wink
in his eye, he said, 'I'm just trying to get something out there.' He
always had that wink in his eye. He told me he had found a niche, a target
audience and could feed off that niche."
The Crowley family would come
to the Hubbell house for dinner and when they left at the end of the
night, Hubbell said he and his wife would stand in the doorway watching
the couple leave and say, "It's always great to have young, gorgeous
people come to our house and look as happy as they are," Hubbell said.
"They were gorgeous, and they had this happy and bubbly and talkative
David and Komel Crowley met and married within three months, Hubbell
The pair met in Texas, where Komel lived and where Crowley was
stationed. They married shortly before Crowley deployed to Iraq.
"They knew right away that they were a team and that their marriage was
going to happen," Hubbell said.
Crowley's LinkedIn profile shows he was in the military from June 2004
to August 2009 and was stationed in Iraq, Afghanistan and Germany, as well
After the couple moved to the Twin Cities, Komel, who was a registered
dietitian, received a master's in public health in nutrition from the
University of Minnesota in 2012, according to her website,
The Crowleys had talked to the
Hubbells about moving to Los Angeles, where Komel could pursue a career as
a dietitian and Crowley could work as a writer and filmmaker.
Hubbell said he was
"blindsided" and "shocked" by news of the deaths.
"He seemed more grounded and
focused than would lend itself to anything chaotic," Hubbell said. "The
entire time I worked with him there was nothing aggressive or chaotic or
strange or abnormal. He was one of the ones I was hanging my hat on, one
who was going to succeed."
Twin Cities director and
filmmaker Paul von Stoetzel said that David Crowley and his colleagues
were good people and had huge dreams for their film careers. Von Stoetzel
had met with Crowley early on about possibly writing the script for "Gray
Von Stoetzel said people liked
and respected Crowley and his business partner, Mitch Heil, who ran a
video production company with David Crowley and also co-owned with Crowley
the Bullet Exchange, a company that trained actors to use weapons and
military and police gear in film.
Heil said Sunday he was
"heartbroken" over the deaths.
"He's been one of my best
friends since high school," he said.
He said the couple had a "great
The two men were friends in
high school and then joined the Army together. After basic training, they
were stationed in different places but came back together again in the
Twin Cities to form their actor-training company.
Heil hadn't spoken to Crowley
since September when they parted ways in business. He said it was normal
for Crowley to hunker down to write and then surface several months later,
so he didn't think it was odd that they hadn't spoken.
Crowley was a charismatic
leader and creative person, Heil said.
"When it came to business
stuff, he was the brains behind everything. I was just there assisting him
to reach his vision."
Although Crowley had met with
people in California about getting "Gray State" made, nothing had panned
out, Heil said.
"He was a great person, a great
friend," he said.
Police didn't issue any other details about the crime. The
investigation continues, with the help of the Minnesota Bureau of Criminal
Apprehension and the Dakota County sheriff's office.
In the days leading up to
his death, David Crowley still had hope that his independent film
would pan out.
But Crowley, an Apple Valley filmmaker and
screenwriter, also showed concern over the project -- "Gray State," a movie
that the Army veteran scripted but had yet to film.
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."
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."
reached out to Jason Allen in the Dec. 17 email, asking if he wanted to be
an executive producer and help out with the logistics of the film project,
which he started about four years ago and revolves around a plot of
know exactly what to do with this," Crowley wrote.
get the opportunity to take Crowley up on his offer.
On Saturday, Apple Valley police found Crowley, 29;
his wife, Komel, a 28-year-old dietitian; and their 5-year-old daughter,
Rani, dead of gunshot wounds in what investigators are saying was a
murder-suicide at the family's home in the 1000 block of Ramsdell Drive.
The deaths left their families, neighbors and friends
wondering what went wrong.
Hendricks, a friend of the couple, said he was unaware of even the slightest
hint of trouble -- financial or otherwise -- between David and Komel and
that he "can't comprehend how one of them would hurt each other."
"I honestly believe -- and this is all speculative --
that this may have been a joint decision," Hendricks said of the
murder-suicide. "He and Komel had a great relationship.
like that couple that finish each other's sentences ... and you're like,
'Shut up, please. You're too cute.' "
Apple Valley Police Chief Jon Rechtzigel said Tuesday
there had not been prior police calls to the family's home, a white and
brown rambler in one of the city's older neighborhoods.
On Wednesday, the Hennepin County medical examiner's
office confirmed the identities of the bodies. A manner of death for the
three has not been released.
It isn't known exactly when the three died, but
neighbors have said they stopped seeing signs of life in the house around
Hendricks said that one of David Crowley's friends
spoke with him on or around Dec. 17. Crowley's brother, Dan, dropped off
Christmas presents on their doorstep on Dec. 26 or 27. He saw the family's
dog, Paleo, in a window, but he didn't knock because he didn't want to
bother the family. (Crowley's brother is taking care of the dog, Hendricks
David Crowley, an Owatonna, Minn., native, left behind
a short note, Hendricks said. As far as its contents, Hendricks would say
only that "it goes into some stuff that needs to be looked into later."
Allen said he had been in touch with Crowley about his
project over the past four years, mostly through emails. In September,
Crowley flew to Los Angeles "to meet with possible financiers and
producer-types," Allen said, and that he seemed upbeat and positive about
the project after the trip.
In his Dec. 17
email, Crowley wrote that in a few weeks he was going to release a 2
1/2-hour documentary, "a manifesto on the Gray State model (called The
Rise), completely in tandem with a few new trailers for a Gray State series
that has an integrated storyline."
"When you see
The Rise, and the new trailers for the #GRAYSTATE series, you'll know what I
mean when I say I have followed my heart at every step," he wrote.
on to write that his wife was helping him build a database of professionals,
actors and other industry contacts interested in the project, which he
described as generating a "time bomb of public interest!"
that energy and enthusiasm do not show a man who was about to give up on
"He was very
much excited about releasing this documentary about his movie," he said.
But the reality, Allen said, was that Crowley had
severed ties with some of his original partners and was exploring other
"That's where I think David was coming to me,
particularly in light of having these investors and financiers that ended up
falling through," Allen said.
With a medical examiner’s autopsy pending in the apparent murder-suicide
of an Apple Valley couple and their 5-year-old daughter, questions remain as
to the circumstances leading up to the discovery of the three bodies at the
family’s home on the 1000 block of Ramsdell Drive.
The bodies of David and Komel Crowley and their daughter, Rani, were
discovered in the home Jan. 17 when a neighbor stopped by the house to
collect packages that had accumulated near the front door, and saw through a
window the grim tableau of bodies inside, according to police. A handgun lay
near the family.
The bodies may have gone undiscovered for several weeks, with neighbors
reporting they hadn’t seen the family since prior to the Christmas holiday
A close friend of the Crowley family told media that David Crowley had
left behind a short note, but declined to reveal its contents.
The Apple Valley Police Department is investigating the case with
assistance from the Minnesota Bureau of Criminal Apprehension and the Dakota
County Sheriff’s Office.
David Crowley, an Army veteran who served in Afghanistan, worked out of
the family’s home as a filmmaker, and is credited as director and writer of
an unreleased film called “Gray State,” a trailer for which remains
available for viewing on YouTube.
The film delves into the dark subject matter of political conspiracy
theory and the threat of a “New World Order.” The trailer features a
rapid-fire montage of angry protesters and riot police in combat gear.
“The world reels with the turmoil of war, geological disaster and
economic collapse, while Americans continue to submerge themselves in
illusions of safety and immunity,” a synopsis for the film states on the
YouTube trailer page. “While rights are sold for security, the federal
government, swollen with power, begins a systematic takeover of liberty in
order to bring about a New World Order.”
The garage at the Crowley’s home contained an array of props for the
movie, including gas masks, bulletproof vests and automatic weapons, and
Instagram photos of David Crowley show him posing with firearms in the
garage, according to reports in the Star Tribune.
Komel Crowley, a registered dietitian, ran her own business called
MindBody Dietitian. Services offered on the business’s website,
www.mindbodydietitian.com, include dietary help for people with eating
disorders, weight problems and food allergies. Komel Crowley ran a blog
associated with the business, though the final post, titled “Rainbow Salad,”
is from August 2014.
A Facebook page, called “Justice for David Crowley,” was started recently
to “make the truth known” and “help clear the good name of David Crowley,”
according to the site’s “About” page. The “About” page states:
“This page is being run by independent community members and is not an
official page for ‘Gray State.’ The purpose of this page is to rally support
for David Crowley, his family, and his team. The mainstream media is
spreading lies about David Crowley and it is up to us in the community to
make the truth known.”
A Jan. 21 post on the Facebook page by a user registered as Tim Nolan
states, “In the days leading up to his death, David Crowley still had hope
that his independent film would pan out. But Crowley, an Apple Valley
filmmaker and screenwriter, also showed concern over the project — ‘Gray
State,’ a movie that the Army veteran scripted but had yet to film.
“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.’ ”
Upon hearing the news that filmmaker David Crowley of
the Gray State
project was found dead in an apparent murder/suicide along with his wife and
5-year old daughter, I immediately recalled our private conversation of
October 3, 2012. It was about three hours before airtime when we first
spoke, candidly and without the restrictions imposed by a program clock.
We talked about his vision for the film Gray State,
a depiction of future events in a post-collapse America he recently
launched. Mr. Crowley was very articulate and outlined his vision well. It
was obvious that he had big plans for his project, and even bigger plans for
his future. I recalled him being very detail oriented, and knew that
creating this movie was not going to be a small or short project.
In addition to the film project, we discussed other
matters – personal matters. He spoke of his wife and daughter with the pride
of a loving husband and father. He spoke of past events that brought him to
this point in his life. He spoke of what he saw as a country in dire trouble
from a ruling elite who were bent on destruction of our country and our way
of life. He was not, however, fanatical about what he saw taking place. He
was reserved, measured and practical.
It was during our conversation that I chided him a bit
about the dangers of his undertaking, that it might not be a popular move to
appear on our radio show in the run-up to the 2012 elections. He chuckled
and said that he was glad to have any opportunity, no matter how big or
small, to expose the machinations of the corrupt and the complicit who were
destroying the country in which his daughter would grow up.
It was during the latter part of our conversation that
he made the statement that is most unsettling and troubling to me. It was
six months after the death of Andrew Breitbart and five months before the
“accident” that claimed the life of Michael Hastings. He ominously confided
that he had no intentions of committing suicide or otherwise becoming a
statistic as he had so much to live for. “I’m not prone to suicide,” he told
Although I lost touch of late, the narrative being
constructed in the public about David Crowley is the complete opposite of
the man I spoke with, joked with, and subsequently interviewed. I understand
that people change, things happen, and people will surprise you. I’ve seen
it many times. I get it.
What I don’t understand is the public’s acquiescence
or resignation to the official narrative without question, especially
considering the people whom we’ve lost to questionable, if not outright
strange circumstances. There is something very wrong here. The death of
David Crowley, his wife and daughter is more than a tragedy. It seems to fit
a disturbing pattern.
We need the complete truth about what happened, and
not accept anything less. Although his death and the murder of his five
year-old daughter and 28 year-old wife could have been by his hand, I’m not
buying it. Others aren’t either.
Douglas Hagmann, founder & director of the
Northeast Intelligence Network,
and a multi-state licensed private investigative agency. Doug began using
his investigative skills and training to fight terrorism and increase public
awareness through his website.
A Minnesota filmmaker who wrote and directed a movie about the
militarization of life in the United States – and the horrors of martial law
– was found dead over the weekend in his Minnesota home with his wife and
daughter in an apparent murder-suicide.
But supporters of David Crowley aren’t so sure he was
the cause of his own death.
According to the Minneapolis Star-Tribune, Crowley, his wife, Komel, and
the couple’s 5-year-old daughter were found Saturday by a neighbor who
noticed packages had been delivered to the home but never picked up from the
Authorities said they might have been dead for weeks.
While police say David Crowley likely killed his wife and daughter then
himself, conspiracy theories are flourishing.
Since Crowley was working to make a movie called “Gray State,”
about the potential for a dystopian American future of government brutality,
ID codes embedded in human arms, and a crumbled economy, conspiracy
theorists are seeing something broader at work than a domestic tragedy.
Crowley was seeking crowd financing for the movie, and someone might have
wanted it stopped, they say.
Creators of martial law film "Grey State" found dead, reported as
Tuesday, January 20, 2015 by: J. D. Heyes
(NaturalNews) The creator of a not-yet-completed film about a central
government takeover of society following a collapse and his family have been
found dead in their Minnesota home, with authorities claiming that the
deaths were the result of a murder-suicide.
As reported by the Star Tribune newspaper in Minneapolis, David
Crowley, 29, his wife, Komel, 28, and their 5-year-old daughter were found
in their Apple Valley home days ago after a neighbor called to report their
A statement from the Apple Valley police department said detectives so
far were calling the deaths "an apparent murder-suicide."
The deaths were reported by neighbor Collin Prochnow, who told authorities
that he discovered the bodies, which were taken to the Hennepin County
Medical Examiner's office for further evaluation.
The paper further reported that Prochnow initially went to the home to
collect packages that had been gathering on the front steps. He told police
that's when he looked inside the home and saw the bodies. A dog was also
inside the home.
Bodies had been there for days
The Star Tribune further reported:
Several neighbors said they thought Crowley may have been a military or
ex-military member, and that he had close-cropped hair and tattoos. One
neighbor said he thought Crowley worked at home doing screenwriting of some
kind, and that his wife worked as a dietitian.
In a YouTube video, Crowley is credited as writer and director of a
movie-in-progress, "Gray State." The trailer shows scenes of a militarized
police force, much gun violence and some kind of citizen insurgency. The
trailer solicits online donors to help finance the project.
The Minnesota Bureau of Criminal Apprehension, along with the Dakota County
Sheriff's Office, are assisting local Apple Valley police in the
investigation. Police have said they aren't sure how long the bodies have
been in the house, but Prochnow believes it has been since before Christmas
because of the packages that had been gathering outside of the
home. Also, Prochnow said
he had not seen his neighbors since before Christmas Day, adding that they
had lived in the home for about a year-and-a-half.
Other neighbors, Alice Hixson and her husband Bill, told the local paper
that they have lived in the home across the street from the Crowleys for 21
years. They told reporters that they had seen the family in passing and that
they had also seen the father playing with his daughter in the back yard.
"It's such a grisly, gruesome thing," Alice Hixson, a neighbor, said.
In the movie trailer,
there are scenes where ordinary Americans are being forced to have
identification technology implanted under their skin, so they can purchase
food and other goods; scenes of police and National Guard attacking unarmed
crowds and shooting some people in the back of the head; empty store
shelves; police removing people from their homes during raids at night; and
what appear to be "rebel" groups battling troops and police.
Towards the end of the trailer appear the words, "The Second American
Revolution May Not Be Remembered," followed by a male narrator voice. David
Crowley appears in credits at the end of the two-plus minute trailer as the
writer and director.
By consent or conquest
A synopsis of the film
below the trailer on YouTube states, in part:
The world reels with the turmoil of war, geological disaster, and
economic collapse, while Americans continue to submerge themselves in
illusions of safety and immunity. While rights are sold for security, the
federal government, swollen with power, begins a systematic takeover of
liberty in order to bring about a New World Order.
Americans, quarantined to militarized districts, become a population ripe
for tyrannical control.
Fearmongering, terrorism, police state,
martial law, war,
arrest, internment, hunger, oppression, violence, resistance -- these are
the new terms by which Americans define their existence. Neighbor is turned
against neighbor as the value of the dollar plunges to zero, food supplies
are depleted, and everyone is a terror suspect. There are arrests.
Disappearances. Bio attacks. Public executions of those even suspected of
dissent. Even rumors of concentration camps on American soil.
The lead writer of a controversial movie was found dead along with his
wife and daughter in a Minnesota home Saturday afternoon. Officers went to
the house Saturday after a neighbor called to report bodies inside. Three
people were found dead and have been identified as screenwriter David
Crowley, his wife, Komel, 28, and their 5-year-old daughter.
A statement from Apple Valley police Sunday morning said the case would
be considered “an apparent murder-suicide”
and the deaths would be
investigated as suspicious.
Next-door neighbor Collin Prochnow said he went to the house on Saturday
to ‘gather packages that were sitting on the front steps’ when he looked
inside and saw the bodies. Prochnow told the
Minneapolis Star Tribune that the family had not been seen since
Christmas and that a dog was also in the house.
David Crowley had been the lead screenwriter for the movie
State which depicts a violent police state in post-crisis America as
people reject government policy en masse in frustration over economic
collapse and the breakdown of society. A
Daily Mail article reported on the murders in the paper’s typical style
of detailed gossip but failed to link the deaths to Crowley’s work on the
movie, despite exploiting “conspiracy theory” stories for web traffic.
The film covers elements of conspiracy about FEMA camps which refer to
the militarized police state response to civil unrest including forced
detention camps and the liberal use of deadly force against unarmed people.
The film concept was more than 5 years in the making and after going
public on Facebook in 2011, a popular trailer was released in August 2012
and now has nearly 1 million views.
Featured in the trailer are scenes of US military patrolling American
streets, cameras in private homes, the introduction of mandatory RFID chips
used for identification, tracking and more as well as economic collapse.
Production began with significant filming in March 2013 and seemed to
gain momentum after over a year of gathering resources. Around the same
a second page, Gray State: The Rise was started to provide a news feed
of real world news which matched topics in the coming film. Various
difficulties stalled production multiple times. An update in June 2014
suggested the project may progress but it is unclear if it materialized.
The past month I’ve been meeting with some LA-based producers, crew, and
other industry contacts, and together we are building the team that will
combine our passions and talents and belief in Gray State to optimize its
message and reach of its exposure. This has been a truly exhilarating
My attorney and I are reviewing the option contract this week, and once that
sucker is signed this whole Gray State thing is going to finally,
irretrievably, and monstrously take off for the stratosphere – and in such a
way that the message will be preserved – and perhaps even continue in
sequels, TV series, and video games. Seriously. Talk about taking over the
This has been my life’s work for nearly 4 years, and it is extremely
gratifying to be backed by such a raging horde of super-fans. Thanks for
your patience guys. See you at the premiere. -dc
Unverified claims from personal friends suggest significant new funding
may have been secured. A post on September 2014 provides the most recent
insight as Crowley apparently answered questions for confused fans.
“Did Gray State the rise come out? I remember hearing it was coming out
early 2014 but cant find it.”
The Rise suffered a catastrophic hard drive loss earlier
this year. I am working to get it back together (hopefully for a
FREE online release, you guys deserve a little something). I really have
to be careful though, because a mishandled doc release could absolutely
SINK production on the film or series. I am treading carefully, making
sure that everything works out to the best.
It’ll either be a great success story a spectacular, highly visible
failure, but either way, I guess we all put in our best shot, right? I
guess that could be said about where the country is headed too.
“What exactly is your biggest hold up?”
I’m doing this by myself. I say “we” and “team” a lot, but when it
comes to nuts and bolts work, writing, and leveraging the project into
securing Hollywood money, it’s just me.
I hope to change this by reinvigorating the process and rebuilding a
“I always figured a trailer was made out of clips of the movie once it
has been completely filmed. how do you get a 2 minute trailer but not have a
movie? i was confused and disappointed after watching the trailer and
realizing there WAS NO MOVIE yet. er? what now?”
Nope, everything you have seen has been conceptual footage so far.
Don’t be bummed, when you see what comes next it’ll be all new unseen.
“Will fan funding hurt your chances w/ other sponsorship? If not, why not
open up to fan funding to help you reach your goal?”
We want to run a kick-starter (due to popular demand), but if we do,
it’ll be for a very specific purpose, like hiring a behind the scenes crew
to document production, run live broadcasts, and give constant updates to
the fans. I NEVER wanted the fans to fund this. That’s like making your
kids pay for their own Christmas presents.
“Is this a fake production seeking sponsor money? Because the movie has
been in the making like 8 years now”
I wish. It would make things a lot easier.
“You guys should try to reach out to Alex Jones. He has funded a lot of
documentaries and has connections in Hollywood. Maybe he can help.”
A raw version of the “Gray State Documentary” can be viewed below:
Deaths Of “Gray State” Director And
Family Under Investigation
By: Annabelle Bamforth
Apple Valley, MN- Police have
released limited details regarding the deaths of filmmaker David Crowley,
his wife Komel, and their 5-year-old daughter,
but have acknowledged that
the deaths are being treated as “suspicious” while an investigation is
The bodies of David, Komel and their daughter were
discovered on Saturday by the Crowley’s next-door neighbor, Collin
Prochnow. It was reported that the bodies had been inside the home for
several weeks. Prochnow said that he had not seen any activity in the
Crowley’s home since around Christmas, and he had initially assumed the
family was traveling during the holidays. Prochnow said that packages were
accumulating on the home’s doorstep and noticed that the lights inside the
house were on day and night, so he decided to check on the family’s
wellbeing over the past weekend.
Prochnow looked through a window of the house and
discovered three bodies, along with a handgun, laying on the floor. A dog,
which was alive, was also present. Audio from police radio obtained by MnPoliceClips.com
revealed that police had found “several obviously deceased bodies in the
front” of the home and there was a “very angry dog inside.” Police stated
that the situation appears to have been a murder-suicide.
David Crowley was a filmmaker credited with writing
and directing a film called “Gray State” that has yet to be completed.
The movie is about police militarization and martial law imposed in the
United States and was described on its
Facebook page as a film about a wounded veteran who “leads the
insurgency against a corrupt Government after nationwide martial law has
Charlie Hubbell, an actor who appeared in the “Gray
State” trailer, told
Twincities.com that David Crowley “seemed more grounded and focused than
would lend itself to anything chaotic.”
“The entire time I worked with him there was nothing
aggressive or chaotic or strange or abnormal. He was one of the ones I was
hanging my hat on, one who was going to succeed,” Hubbell said.
Disclosure: The “Gray State” team supported Ben
Swann’s Kickstarter effort in 2013.
Annabelle Bamforth is a New Hampshire-based writer
focused on promoting liberty through new media and local politics. Have a
tip? Contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
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