Freight Train: Slayer of Innocence

In 1979, several Law enforcement agencies investigating the murders of young boys chase a Pedophile Serial Killer across America.
Jim Conover
Dave BarthBrian BenassiTerry Castleman
SuspenseDramaSpecial Interest
English [CC]
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Steve Christopher
Jim ConoverKen HackneyBill Homel
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3.8 out of 5 stars

83 global ratings

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Batty TNReviewed in the United States on August 30, 2019
1.0 out of 5 stars
not a documentary
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This isn't a documentary. It is a recreation. Too played out. Actors or the cops try to recreate the investigation, police meetings, and such. Terrible acting. This is supposed to be from 1979 or something yet the video recreations are perfect HD video. No thanks.

Really wanted to listen to the story, but I couldn't get through it. Terrible. Would rather hear the story on YouTube or in Podcast version. Jeez.
31 people found this helpful
Ricky GiovanettoReviewed in the United States on July 13, 2019
5.0 out of 5 stars
I Saw This Man!
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Spending a lot of time at Mineral Springs Park in Pekin, Il, I was very familiar with “Freight-Train.” All the kids wanted to hear his train imitation. Little did we know we had a predator in our midst. I also saw him at the Illinois State Fair on at least two occasions. This documentary covers the details and the story well. Of course none of us realized the danger we were in back then, and I must confess, I was a bit freaked out when he was arrested and the story hit the papers. Hobo definitely! And this is all before “stranger danger” was a warning to all children. This documentary deserves your view, and if you are a parent, you should watch it with your children. Definitely 5 stars!
12 people found this helpful
inkedzeusReviewed in the United States on October 18, 2019
3.0 out of 5 stars
Acting killed this "documentary"
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The content would have made for a great documentary, podcast, or short Youtube video, but instead the filmmakers decided to recreate scenes with detectives and their suspect which had the absolute worst acting I've ever seen in my life. I think they just got people off the street who did it for free. It was not only totally unnecessary, but terribly done. Just interview the cops and give the story. The guy who portrayed "freight train" reminded me of a taller version of Hoggle from Labyrinth and did not sell himself as a suspect at all. The pictures of the real suspect were far more interesting. Again, horrible acting killed this short film.
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ChrisSherrillReviewed in the United States on September 9, 2019
1.0 out of 5 stars
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Not a documentary. More of a made for TV recreation. Terrible acting and the actual detectives couldn't take their eyes off the camera. How this got five stars I'll never know. Skip this one.
10 people found this helpful
KalechipReviewed in the United States on August 12, 2019
5.0 out of 5 stars
Chilling Documentary
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Being a 90s baby from Pekin, this story is something I've been told about by my parents and other family members who were just kids themselves back when this was happening. It's chilling and hard to comprehend things of that nature taking place right in your hometown. This film goes to show that no matter how great a community, evil can always find a way in. The documentary was enlightening and brought more to the story than I had known previously. Stories like this need to be told so that the victims may never be forgotten. I've wanted to read the book for awhile now but finding a copy has become a challenge - this gave me the chance to see what it's all about. Props to all of those involved in this film for your hard work and dedication.
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PatrickReviewed in the United States on September 27, 2019
2.0 out of 5 stars
Horrible acting
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Interesting case but that's about it. This is not a documentary in the truest sense, it's a dramatization, or reenactment, or whatever you want to call it, but truly some of the worst acting ever put on film. It made it difficult to follow the story. It's both cringe worthy and hilarious.
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Rose GeaberReviewed in the United States on November 13, 2019
2.0 out of 5 stars
How inept!
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Ok, we heard no details. In this day and age we want to know what the murder details are. Sorry not trying to be morbid but really! You have the guy, walking off with a potential victim, rubbing and patting him on the head! We aren't stupid! Say what you mean!!! He was a pervert molesting and killing young boys! Then at the very end you say he tried molesting a young girl! Is that more appropriate?!!!! I am so appalled and disgusted at this documentary and it's inept portrayal of these murders. Don't waste my time!
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Saras169Reviewed in the United States on July 7, 2019
5.0 out of 5 stars
Great detective work solved these cases!
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Loved this documentary! It gave some inside information that wasn’t known to the public. Those living in those towns were frightened that someone was kidnapping our little boys and killing them. Such great work by Pekin’s police force and surrounding areas where boys went missing. The great minds of the detectives are what stopped “Freight Train”! Great job!!
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