A Midwestern Murder Mystery

An original screenplay
Based on a true story


"I went to work for Roger W. Thompson in 1974 as an Assistant State's Attorney for Logan County, and I was assigned to prosecute Russell Smrekar in two simple theft cases the following year. I went from the maddening task of trying to convict Russell to ultimately testifying against him in the Fry murder trial. I will never forget how I watched, in morbid fascination, as he evolved from a sneak thief to a cold and calculating murderer.

"Roger Thompson was considered to be one of the best prosecutors in the state of Illinois. When Rog died, the presiding Judge of Logan County remembered him as a "Courtroom Giant", and from my perspective he certainly was.

"In this script, Bonnie Thompson has accurately recounted the Smrekar saga in all its grim and intriguing detail." John W. Foltz, 2004, former Assistant State's Attorney of Logan County.