The Black Water Vampire

Synopsis: A documentary film crew investigates a series of brutal killings known as the Black Water murders. As they delve deeper into the story they stumble upon a horrifying secret, one that they may not survive.
Director(s): Evan Tramel
Production: Image Entertainment
82 min


Officer Dorner,

badge number 142.

We're here at

Black Water Creek

approximately 28 miles

from Fawnskin.

It's January 5th, 2003.

As you can see,

there's a, uh, pretty large

rock formation

What we have here

is a brown boot

belonging to a female.

The boot has stains,

some extensive damage here.

There are some tears

going up and down

the side of the boot.

Here is an article of clothing

presumably belonging

to the victim.

It could have come

from a blouse or a t-shirt.

All right, over here

about 80 feet or so

from the body.

Little rough terrain here.

We found, uh, two teeth.

They look to be molars.

We're gonna take them back

to the lab to get them tested.

They're presumably

the victim's.

What we're looking at here is

the body of a white female.


17 to 20 years of age.

About 110 pounds.

The body was found

this morning by

a group of hunters

at around 6:
00 a.m.

The body is believed

to be that

of Millicent Barnem.

She's been missing

for the last two weeks.

She was last seen, uh,

leaving the hair salon

in Fawnskin, where she works,

on December 21st,

at around midnight.

As you can see,

she has a unidentified symbol

etched into her skin here.

The victim sustained a, uh,

blunt blow to the right side

of her temple here.

On her throat,

there is a large

bite of some sort,

from some sort of animal.

Aside from some dry blood

on her body,

there doesn't seem

to be any traces

of it in the area.

Which, if you ask me,

seems very strange.


hello, hello.


We going over everything?

Yeah. Just, um,

making my checklist

of all my stuff that I need.

- Batteries are charged.

- You all right?

Yeah, I'm just...

I'm just a

little stressed out.

Trying to get

everything ready.

Make sure I have everything.

On December 21st, 1972,

a young woman was found

brutally murdered

and her body was dumped

in what's known as

the Black Water Woods.

Ten years later,

another body was

found in the area.

In 1992, another.

Ten years ago,

the last victim,

Millicent Barnem.

Four women in 40 years.

I'm making this

because I need to know.

I need to know what happened.

I grew up in the area,

so the story has been

with me for

practically my whole life.

Four women.

All disappeared

on December 21st,

the night

of the winter solstice.

And were all found dead

days later with bite marks

on their neck.

I don't think

Raymond Banks did this.

But then again,

no part of this case

actually fits together.

And that's why I'm doing this.

- Organized, huh?

- Yeah.

- Putting it together?

- Yeah, all my case files,

um, some of the

autopsy photos.

I'm really excited.

A little nervous.

But, I think it's because

I'm just hoping that it's...

It pans out.

Well, Danielle has been

following the case

of Raymond Banks for years.

Um, there's a lot of things

that just don't add up.

For example, the women's

bodies were completely

drained of blood.

There was no blood or DNA

found at the crime scenes.

We just wanna find out

the truth before an

innocent man is put to death.

- What are you doing?

- Who do we have here?

Our camera guy.

That we found on the internet.

I thought you were

gonna say, like, on the

side of the street.

Super scary.

Basically the same thing.

-Get out of here. Hi.


So, Anthony, tell us

a little bit about you.

Uh, the good stuff?


-The bad stuff, please.

-The bad stuff, there's none.

-You want a synopsis.


- I'm, uh...

- 200 words or less.

Fantastic, uh, human being.

Kind, considerate,

I give to many charities.

You ever trekked

three days through the snow?

-No, but I'm used to the snow.


You ever trekked three days

through the snow?

I'm not a big fan of snow,

so this should be...

-She'll be fine.


We're gonna pick up Rob,


And Rob is...

- We went to school with Rob.

So we worked with Rob

on those last two


- I've already got all this

loaded and charged.

- Okay, cool.

- Oh, is that him?

- That's Rob.

This is the guy

I've been hearing about?

Hey, we're looking

for a sound guy.

Do you know one?

You guys know you're late.



I've been standing out here...

Oh, thanks, newbie.

- You good?

- Yeah, I got it.

-Are you gonna record me?


-Is that what's going on now?

-Hey. Anthony.


-Rob, nice to meet you.


All right, you got me here.

Dropped everything for you.

What are we doing?

- Raymond Banks.

- Raymond Banks.

Yeah, the alleged

serial killer?

Oh, alleged serial killer?

I thought he was on death row

for killing, what, four women?

He's gonna be

sentenced to death

in less than three months.

Well, there it is.

Done deal.

It's case closed to me, right?

No, it's not a case closed.

First off, he was interrogated

for 16 hours straight

without his attorney present,

before he confessed.

There was no physical

evidence found

that could link him

to any of the murder scenes.

His whole conviction

is based on

circumstantial evidence.

You don't send a man to death

on circumstantial evidence.

Oh, leave it to Danielle.

I get it, you have this

idealistic streak about you.

You're always trying to find

something or somebody to save.

Uh, what was it last time?

It was, um...

It was whales.


Dolphins, whales, same thing.

Fish is a fish.

A dolphin's

a mammal not a fish.


so why Banks?

I've been kind of obsessed with

him for a long time.

I grew up around the area.

Oh, you're a small town

girl then, huh?

Yeah, tiny little Baptist town.

You know, I mean, we...

We thought we were safe.

You know, it's just home,

school, church, nothing really else.

Then the murder.

Millicent Barnem.

She grew up in Fawnskin,

which was just a few miles

from where I grew up.


She was 17.

She disappeared one night and they

found her body two weeks later.

Nothing was ever the same

after that.


I was 12 when they

arrested him.

Banks. He became

the boogeyman of

my childhood, you know,

he became the monster

that was in the closet

at night, you know?

Monster in the closet,

what do you mean?

Well, as kids

we would sing a rhyme.

d One, two, three

Banks is coming for me

d Three, four, five

He'll skin me alive d

Okay, we are gonna take

Highway 14 to Fawnskin.

I just need you to find that

on the map for me, Andrea.

Bloodsucker Highway.

Bloodsucker what?

Bloodsucker Highway.

It's because of all the bodies

and murders in that area.

What about 'em?

All the bodies were

completely drained of blood.

Some of the town people

made up stories

and they believed that

there's vampires

living in the woods.


Yes, vampires,

they're folktales.


-Yes, vampires.

So, yeah, about that.

You were saying

something about a hike?

Oh, um, it's gonna be

a three-day hike

up to Black Water Creek.

That's where they found

Millicent Barnem.

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