One thing that can be scarier than a scary movie is a scary documentary. In Scream: True Story, paranormal investigator Steve Shippy, and psychic Cindy Kaza dig into the gruesome history of serial killer Danny Rolling. The string of murders committed by the “Gainesville Murders” was the basis for the 1996 murder film. Screaming.
The latest installment in the Shock Docs series sees Shippy and Kaza explore Rolling’s belief that he was possessed by a demon “Gemini” that led to the killing of eight people over 30 years ago. In 2006, Rolling was executed by lethal injection in a Florida prison.
Shippy and Kaza were the first to conduct a paranormal investigation at the campsite near the University of Florida campus, where he targeted victims. They also visited Rolling’s childhood home in Louisiana, the site of the current homeowners’ terrorist activities.
Before the special material drops, Shippy and Kaza go into their enquiry.
How do the two of you connect for this particular project?
Steve Shippy: We were chosen because of both our unique skill set and an earlier investigation where Cindy and I faced a dark obsession. The soul of another notorious killer and amnesiac.
Cindy Kaza: Steve and I previously worked together on another Shock Doc, investigating the life and crimes of serial killer Ed Gein. [“Ed Gein: The Real Psycho”]. We work well together and both bring different and complementary skill sets to investigations.
Why do you think the paranormal aspect of Rolling’s story has not been discovered by prior investigation?
Steve Shippy: I believe it is because the media and investigators do not want to give any credence to his claims of demonic possession. This is understandable because they don’t want the public to believe that they are victims. They feel he is deceiving and deflecting responsibility for his heinous crimes.
What was it like working together on this?
Steve: Working with Cindy has always been great. Her connections to the other side and fine-tuned transit are a huge asset to any investigation. Cindy can give me information that my paranormal device can’t, which could be the key to solving a case.
Cindy: I love working with Steve and really respect the way he approaches paranormal investigations. He has extensive knowledge of paranormal theory and has spent many years working with various devices used in paranormal investigations. I’m not fluent in the language of gadgets, so it’s great to have a partner who knows how to navigate that space sensibly. I think people will be intrigued by the synchronicity of transit and technology in this investigation.
How does it feel to visit Rolling’s childhood home?
Steve: Amazement, chaos and prohibition. When Sheila Jackson [the current owner of Rolling’s childhood home] invite me in, you can feel a dark and ominous presence. The air is stale and heavy, and the feeling of being watched is common. When we started investigating, all hell broke loose.
Cindy: Investigating Danny’s childhood home is horrifying. As a psychic, I could exploit a lot of the terrible things going on in that house. I have never experienced so much chaos in an investigation as I did this time.
Is it convincing to get an ex-fiancée? [Sondra London] implicated?
Steve: To some extent yes. However, it’s clear she wants to go on to say that she feels there really is some kind of evil engulfing Danny.
Is there anything about this process that surprises you?
Steve: Things. The darkness, the power and the manipulation that we encounter. Likely to affect us personally and affect my device. Demonic forces seemed to follow us throughout the journey. It even got to the point where our crew members started having a lot of nocturnal horrors about Danny, knocking on their hotel door, and other strange occurrences.
What would you say was the most challenging part of your experience?
Steve: Trying to decipher what/who we were really dealing with. Is it Danny? Is it a demonic entity? Or in fact both?
Cindy: The most challenging part of my experience was definitely the sensory stripping/threading experiment I did during my primary investigation. It was a first for me, and I’m not sure I’ll do it again. I feel very vulnerable and also feel Danny’s madness on a deep level, as well as something much darker.
Are there any particular parts of the investigation that are difficult to access or approve?
Steve: Unnecessary. When our investigation led us to Rolling’s childhood home, we were a bit concerned that the current owner might not allow us in. When we approached her, we found it quite the opposite. She begged us to come and help. She started telling me that she and her family were experiencing psychotic attacks almost every night, and that they were desperate to deal with.
Are you planning to collaborate more?
Steve: Sure. I believe Cindy and I have developed a great relationship and synergy after spending so many hours in this field. Our skill sets complement each other, and as a duo we have succeeded in documenting paranormal phenomena and helping to bring determination to both the living and the dead.
Cindy: I love working with Steve!!
Scream: True Story, Documentary Premieres, Friday, January 14, Discovery +
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