Dear Zachary (2008)

94% Rotten Tomatoes
8.6/10 IMDb

A great movie that you will never want to see again, Dear Zachary: A Letter to a Son About His Father is a documentary about the events that led to the murder Andrew Bagby and his son, Zachary. This film was created by Kurt Kuenne, a close friend of Andrew. A documentary rarely interests me, but this film was an emotional roller coaster filled with suspense, fear, and anger. Dear Zachary is one of those movies that you just have to see. But once you’ve seen it, you will never want to see it again. Exploring the murder of two innocent people, this movie often leaves people speechless and in tears. One of the first few lines in the movie is “Well, everybody always says, well, what would be the difference if one person weren’t alive?” There could be a great difference if one person weren’t alive. A single person can have a great impact on the lives of others. What if Isaac Newton was never born? What if Einstein wasn’t alive? What if Hitler wasn’t alive? One person may create greatness, while another person may destroy lives. A murder  should not be taken lightly, which was an error in the trial of the murder of Andrew Bagby. The murderer, Shirley Turner was released on bail. While out on bail, Shirley killed Zachary Turner, the one-year-old son of Shirley and Andrew.

The only people responsible for murder are the murderers themselves. People cannot blame themselves for not being able to prevent a murder. There are things that are unknown, then there are the unknown unknowns. We do not know who is a murderer, nor we do we know who will become a murderer. We do not know that we don’t know that someone has cruel intentions. In just a few minutes our lives could be taken; everyday that we are alive is a gift, just the fact that our family and friends are alive and well is a gift.


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