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Traumafession:: Mickster on Victims for Victims: The Theresa Saldanda Story

October 7th, 2014 by unkle lancifer · 4 Comments

This past summer, I was waiting for a couple to come pick up my old sofa and love seat they had bought. In my boredom, I started scanning the options on YouTube to kill the time. I stumbled upon Victims for Victims and decided to watch it. I know I watched Victims for Victims: The Theresa Saldana Story when it originally aired back in November of 1984, but I must have blocked out the intensity of a key scene in the movie. It was not long before the previously mentioned intense scene appeared. The scene lasted no longer than 2 minutes, but it felt like an eternity. I felt like a helpless onlooker as the stalker stabbed Ms. Saldana repeatedly. It made me sick to see that people just stood by as she was screaming, “He’s killing me! He’s killing me!” without lifting a hand to help her. I imagine some of the people were in a state of shock, but there were tons of people just watching it happen.

Thankfully, a man delivering water sprang into action, and stopped the attacker. Once the waterman stopped the would-be murderer, Ms. Saldana stumbled back to her apartment in a harrowing point of view shot. It is uncomfortable, to say the least, to hear Theresa struggle for air as she arrived at her apartment door, while her husband, played by Adrian Zmed, looked on in horror. No wonder my little thirteen-year-old mind blocked out this horrific scene! Just writing about it now is giving me chill bumps! Watch the scene here if you dare, but remember, you cannot un-see it!

Tags: Traumafessions




4 responses so far ↓

  • 1 unkle lanciferNo Gravatar // Oct 7, 2014 at 11:42 am

    Thanks for sharing this Mickster. It is truly horrifying and although I’m familiar with the Rebecca Schaeffer case, I didn’t know too much about this one. I didn’t realize that Theresa Saldana plays herself in this!! Good going Theresa!

    I also made a point of giving water delivery guy his very own screenshot because water delivery guy is the greatest guy ever.

    Here is the full movie for those interested:

  • 2 micksterNo Gravatar // Oct 7, 2014 at 12:57 pm

    Thank you, Unkle L! I should have thought to do a screenshot of the awesome water guy!
    I cannot imagine having to relive that experience on film!
    I remember the Schaeffer case. Horrible! I loved My Sister Sam. That was shocking.

  • 3 Badge7213No Gravatar // Oct 10, 2014 at 6:54 pm

    Jeff Fenn, the heroic delivery man, later became a Los Angeles County Sheriff’s deputy. According to the LA Times “Saldana was on hand to give him a kiss when he graduated from the academy.”

  • 4 micksterNo Gravatar // Oct 10, 2014 at 10:55 pm

    Cool, Badge7213! He deserved lots of kisses for his heroics!

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