Shine. The Foxcatcher Murder


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John DuPont became well known in his own right, not only for his family name, but his responsibility for David Schultz's death- a champion wrestler. After the death of his mother, John established a wrestling training facility on his sprawling estate with the dreams to provide an opportunity for athletes to compete on the world stage, specifically against the superior Russians. 

It was an opportunity many athletes couldn't refuse- and the early time at the farm was idyllicas many of the families also located to the property. However, as time passed, John DuPont's mental health deteriorated. The athletes that surrounded him protected him as best they could- from a combination of loyalty and concern for their livelihood. 

John DuPont had hired Dave Schultz, known for his freestyle wrestling ability- later this close friendship would end in murder. Driving up to the house one day- he stuck a gun out of the car while Schultz was outside and killed him. In this story- there is murder, money and the mystique of an American Power Family.

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Love, love the Atlas Obscura - I wish it was an app like my UK Daily Mail addiction. I post articles when I can on Twitter, Facebook and Flipboard. Atlas Obscura is a definitive guidebook and friendly tour-guide to the world's most wondrous places. Travel tips, articles, strange facts and unique events is in their newsletter. But this isn't really like a "travel blog" or "site"- it provides articles such as:

  • Bolshevik Immortality: In 1922, the Biocosmists-Immortalists hoped one day to "freeze" the world in order to fix it.
  • The International Pig Incident of 1859: A U.S.-British border conflict over tiny San Juan Island in the Pacific Northwest escalated when a British farmer's hog ate potatoes that belonged to an American settler. The ensuing series of events has become known as the Pig War.
  • Herman Munster's Puntastic Kids' Books: Fred Gwynne, the actor who played the Frankenstein-ish patriarch of The Munsters, also wrote and illustrated children's books- really good ones. His best-known titles, The King Who Rained and A Chocolate Moose for Dinner, were wildly popular, scoring positions on the bestseller list when published and still in print today.

More Information

Team Foxcatcher, A Documentary by Netflix

Foxcatcher, A Movie starring Steve Carell and Channing Tatum

Foxcatcher: The True Story of My Brother's Murder, John DuPont's Madness and The Quest for Olympic Gold


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