was Thanksgiving Weekend, 1976, in the quiet suburban
town of Montvale,
New Jersey; high
school football and quiet, reflective dinner gatherings
for many families. But by the end of this holiday
weekend, life in this small community would be shattered
on actual events, the film ‘Anyone’s
Son’ tells the story of a
young man named Harry
De La Roche, who murdered four of
his family members in cold blood while they slept.
Nearby residents were stunned when news spread of
this traumatic event, and were further shocked during
the trial that would follow nearly a year later.
film will not only explore the events that took
place leading up to the grizzly killings, but also
will examine the context in which they took place,
and the community they took place in. Even though
this is a film based on actual events from nearly
30 years ago, the themes of gun control, family
values, and peer responsibility, ring true for any
era, including today.
the outside, the De
La Roche family seemed normal and
happy. Yet, as we examine things closer, things
were anything but normal and happy. This film will
also focus on the subsequent trial, in which young
Harry was charged, and eventually convicted, on
four counts of murder.
is it that led Harry to reach a level so unconscionable
that he would murder his own family? The poor family
life, the endless tormenting by his peers, and an
absolute loss of self-identity were certainly major
factors in Harry De
La Roche turning from ‘Anyone’s
Son’ into a cold blooded killer.
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