The Harrowing True Story That Inspired ‘Twin Peaks’ Is Being Made Into A Documentary

A 1908 murder was used as the inspiration for David Lynch's hit TV series

It looks like David Lynch’s unforgettable, cult-favourite television series Twin Peaks, that aired way back in 1990, is back in a big way.

The crime drama followed FBI Agent Dale Cooper, who travels to the small town of Twin Peaks to solve the murder of seemingly innocent high school student, Laura Palmer. However, almost nothing is as it seems, with eerie visuals, oddball characters and wild dream sequences that had us all on the edge of our seats.

And now, the real-life murder that inspired the series is going to become the subject of a new documentary, along with a non-fiction book of the same name, titled Blonde, Beautiful And Dead: The Murder Mystery That Inspired Twin Peaks.

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Despite the 1908 murder of Hazel Drew in Sand Lake, New York taking place almost an entire century before the fictional death of Laura Palmer, the small-town community and sexual politics surrounding the incident are all-too familiar for fans of Twin Peaks.

Twin Peaks co-creator Mark Frost has spoke multiple times about his recollection of Drew’s murder while he was a child, and how it led to his project with David Lynch. Recalling in a 2017 interview, Frost spoke of how his grandmother lived in Sand Lake, and how the crime was considered “along the lines of a cautionary ghost story: Don’t go out in the woods at night.

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The upcoming documentary looks to “investigate the secrets, corruption and gender politics one small-town community tried to keep buried” in the wake of Drew’s death, says production company Metabook Entertainment.

Directed by filmmaker Benjamin Alfonsi, he adds: “I hope this documentary will give her a voice on screen that she didn’t have in real life”.

The accompanying book release is set to be released in the beginning of 2021, and will feature a foreword from Mark Frost, who also released the spin-off book The Secret History of Twin Peaks in 2016.

In the meantime, you can catch up on every episode of Twin Peaks on Stan.

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