Blueprint For a Murder
Cast & Crew
Documentary about three brutal murders and the controversial landmark court ruling they generated. On March 3, 1992, an intruder broke into a quiet suburban home in Silver Springs, Maryland, and murdered a mother, her crippled child and his nurse. The victims' family pointed to the ex-husband, who was found to be in contact with an ex-con. A search warrant turned up a book called "Hit Man," published by Paladin Press. The two men were convicted of triple murder, but the victims' families felt Paladin Press should also be prosecuted for aiding and abetting the crime. In 1997, the 4th Circuit Court of Richmond, Virginia, decided the case was strong enough to be tried in a court of law. A few days before the trial, Paladin's insurance company pressed them to settle out of court. Paladin agreed to pay $5 million to the victims' families, and to take "Hit Man" out of publication.