Episode 20: Cropsey & Andre Rand: The Boogeyman of Staten Island

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The legend of Cropsey is one rooted in mystery and speculation. This folktale took on a larger-than-life personality with the release of the 1981 Slasher-Horror film, The Burning. In the film teenagers pull a prank on the camp’s caretaker, Cropsy, leaving him horribly disfigured and out for vengeance, as he returns to take out the teens one by one.

When several children begin disappearing from Staten Island, New York, in the ’70s and ’80s, rumours of Cropsey’s return haunted the area. Both in 1988 and in 2004, the same man was convicted in the related children abduction cases. Is this man the real Staten Island maniacal serial killer known as Cropsey, or is he simply a victim of a biased media wash?

In this episode, we’ll dive into the true story of Andre Rand, and the legend of Staten Island’s CROPSEY.

Note: Some of the terminology used in the audio clips featured in this episode are considered outdated and offensive, at the time (1965/1972), this was not the case, and these clips are historically significant in how they impacted the way our society now views those with mental disabilities.

Resources:

Cropsey 2009 Documentary

https://untappedcities.com/2015/03/03/inside-the-abandoned-childrens-hospital-and-tunnels-at-seaview-hospital-staten-island/

https://untappedcities.com/2017/02/28/the-top-10-secrets-of-sea-view-hospital-on-staten-island/

https://www.nytimes.com/1965/09/10/archives/excerpts-from-statement-by-kennedy.html

Willowbrook: The Last Great Disgrace – Geraldo Rivera 1972 Exposé: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bpVEjzO6Dd0

https://the-line-up.com/cropsey-monster-of-staten-island

https://americanart.si.edu/artist/jasper-francis-cropsey-1052

https://charleyproject.org/case/holly-ann-hughes

https://www.nydailynews.com/archives/news/hannibal-lecter-staten-island-sex-fiend-trial-revisits-80s-case-article-1.501783

https://screenrant.com/sons-sam-process-final-judgement-children-satanism-scientology/amp/

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