Sinister (I) (2012)
James Ransone: Deputy
Deputy : Okay, look, clearly something happened and you want to talk to somebody about it, right?
Ellison Oswalt : Yeah.
Deputy : Okay, well, does your wife know about it?
[Ellison shakes his head]
Deputy : Wait. Does she know whose house this is... was?
[Ellison shakes his head again]
Deputy : [laughs humorlessly] Oh, man! Oh, that is a conversation that I would not want to be around for.
Ellison Oswalt : No, me neither.
Ellison Oswalt : So, you don't believe in any of that otherworldly stuff, right?
Deputy : [panicked] Are you kidding? I believe in all that stuff, I... I wouldn't sleep one night in this place, are you nuts? Four people were hung by their necks in the tree in your backyard and that little girl is probably god-knows wherever!
Deputy : Mr Oswalt, listen! You know there's a page in your books where you always say nice things about all the people that helped you out?
Ellison Oswalt : The acknowledgments?
Deputy : Yeah... and in each one there's always, like a line that says, you know... "I couldn't have done this without the tireless efforts of Deputy So And So from the local police department."?
Ellison Oswalt : Right?
Deputy : Well, you know, I could be like, you know, your Deputy So And So, you know, if you don't already have one.
Ellison Oswalt : Do you know what time it is?
Deputy : Yeah, I know, I've been trying to call you all day.
Ellison Oswalt : What's the problem?
Deputy : The problem is that you moved.
Ellison Oswalt : How is that a problem?
Deputy : I was compiling all the case in chronological order and I've figured out the connection. The dates. Each family who murdered lived in one of the houses where the previous murders took place.
Ellison Oswalt : Each family. All five of them?
Deputy : Yes! And when you look back you can actually draw a line from murder to murder. We knew that the Stephensons lived in the same house where the Millers took place. But I found out that the Millers previously lived in the house where the DeLuzio lawn massacre occurred. Guess where the DeLuzios lived before then?
Ellison Oswalt : Sacramento, California
Ellison Oswalt : Exactly! the pattern goes back to the 1960 Oregon drownings. Mr Oswalt, if you've moved and this guy is still out there, you've not only sped up his timeline. You've put yourself in it
Ellison Oswalt : [numbly] Thanks, Deputy
[he terminates the call]
Deputy : It's my home, Mr Oswalt... What happened here happened to all of us.
Ellison Oswalt : I need the street address of a crime. In 1998, St Louis, a family was stabbed to death, they had their throats cut, it was a pretty ugly affair. I also need any details you can get me on another murder. In 1979 a family was burned alive parked inside their own car, in their own garage.
Deputy : What city?
Ellison Oswalt : I dunno. All I have is the year and method of execution.
Deputy : You think the two cases are related?
Ellison Oswalt : Aw no, I'm just doing research.
Deputy : Okay, I can definitely get this for you, I gotta wait 'till the sheriff leaves the office but I will get it.
Ellison Oswalt : Thank you very much, Deputy So & So!
Deputy : [the deputy stares nervously at a photo of the killer on the wall] Who is that?
Ellison Oswalt : I don't know. That's what I'm hoping to find out.
Deputy : You think these are serial murders?
Ellison Oswalt : Maybe. More ritualised than necessarily serial, but really spread out, and not just regionally, but over time. The first one dates back to the '60s.
Deputy : The 1960's?
Ellison Oswalt : Yeah.
Deputy : That would put the killer what, in his seventies?
Ellison Oswalt : Yeah, or his sixties.