'Sugarbabe: The Killing of Vera Jo Reigle' Documentary
When: April 8 2013 5:00 PM
Where: Rueckert Auditorium
Documentary filmmaker David Miles will premiere his film, “Sugarbabe: The Killing of Vera Jo Reigle,” at 5 p.m. tonight in Rueckert Auditorium. Vera Jo Reigle, 24, was murdered in late March 2011 in Findlay, Ohio. Her naked body, covered in blood, was found by CSX train operators at 2:07 a.m. on a railroad bridge over the Blanchard River. She had been stabbed 21 times. Two people, Daniel Bixler and Nicole Peters, are currently serving lengthy prison sentences for the crime. The film investigates what led to Reigle’s death. Reigle, who was mentally challenged, had been staying with the family of her child’s father, Zachary Brooks. While living there, she underwent horrific abuse, which led to a plot within the family to eliminate her so that the family, especially matriarch Cheri Brooks, could have sole custody of the child, a baby girl named Willadean. Evidence of Vera’s abuse was known to police and social workers, yet she still died. This film examines why. The community is invited to attend, and the film has special implications for students studying criminal justice, social work, psychology and sociology.