Last March, Butler County Historical Society’s Executive Director Kathy Creighton answered a mysterious phone call from an Australian film crew that was in Hamilton working on a documentary.
“They were asking for information, but they wouldn’t tell us what they were working on,” she said.
Still, she offered cooperation and the help of her staff of volunteers to dig into JournalNews archives, and the results of their research are part of the documentary “My Brother the Serial Killer,” which premieres 9 p.m. tonight on the cable television channel Investigation Discovery, channels 139 and 1139 on Time-Warner Cable.
“They were being secretive because they were getting a cold reception in Hamilton,” Creighton said. “Once they got here, they opened up a little bit more.”
The crew brought with them Clay Rogers, the brother of serial killer Glen Rogers, a Hamilton native who is now on death row in Florida, who once claimed to have committed over 70 murders. He has been called “The Cross Country Killer” for an alleged killing spree in 1995. He is also suspected in the murder of Hamilton man Mark Peters, who went missing in 1993 and whose skeleton later turned up in a Rogers family cabin in Beattyville, Ky.
Creighton said that they not only filmed Clay Rogers scrolling through their microfilm reader as he discusses the newspaper clippings that volunteer Marlene Cormack dug up for him, but they came back a couple of days later to film in some of the rooms of the Benninghofen House museum.
“We had some props that they wanted to use,” Creighton said, including a black rotary dial phone and an old-fashioned mop bucket.
The producers of the documentary were especially interested in locating information on certain deaths in Hamilton that Glen Rogers and his family believe he might have been involved with, including the 1973 shooting death of 15-year-old Carl Ray Taylor, exploring whether or not that incident was Glen Rogers’ first murder. He would have been 11 at the time.
Taylor was with a group of four boys playing with guns in the woods behind Wilson Junior High School, and the boys first told police that there was a sniper in the woods. They later recanted that story, and one of them was convicted of manslaughter and delinquency in the incident.
The most controversial part of the documentary, however, is the claim that Glen Rogers was involved in the death of Nicole Brown Simpson.
According to Investigation Discovery, family members claimed Glen Rogers told them that he was working for Nicole Brown Simpson, and that he said she was rich and he was going to “take her down.”
Goldman’s sister criticized the new documentary.
“I am appalled at the level of irresponsibility demonstrated by the network and the producers of this so-called documentary,” Kim Goldman said. “This is the first time we are hearing about this story, and considering that their ‘main character,’ Glen Rogers, confessed to stabbing my brother and Nicole to death, you would think we would be in the loop.”
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The Associated Press contributed to this report.