Letter from Kenneth R. Buck, District Attorney, Weld County
Posted November 1, 2012
Letter from Nicholas Bernhard Hello, I'm proud to present the press kit for Blackstone's Equation's screening
in Ft. Collins. Blackstone's Equation: A New Documentary on the Tim Masters Case Blackstone's Equation tells the story of Tim Masters, a Ft. Collins
resident who was wrongfully convicted of murder. Walking through a dirt field
on the way to school, he passed by what he thought was a mannequin. It was later
learned to be the body of Peggy Hettrick, who lived nearby. Masters had never even heard of Hettrick before then. This chance happening would cause police to pursue Masters relentlessly, subjecting him to a 15-hour interrogation, harassing him with anonymous messages,
and turning his classmates against him. Police even resorted, on suggestion from
the FBI, to trying to provoke Masters into committing another crime. Ultimately
Masters left Ft. Collins for a career in the Navy. Eleven years later, Masters was arrested and charged with Hettrick's murder.
With no physical evidence against him whatsoever, the prosecution's argument was
that because the teenage Masters drew violent pictures as a hobby, he was capable
of the heinous murder. After a mere 6-day trial, he was convicted and sentenced to life in prison. Over the next 9 1/2 years, Masters got new attorneys, who discovered the
lengths law enforcement went to in pursuing him. Police had withheld evidence of separate footprints in the field, and testimony from a plastic surgeon refuting
that Masters was capable of the crime. Worst of all, evidence of a superior suspect, who was friends with the DA, was destroyed by the police. In 2008, new DNA
testing proved Masters had nothing to do with the murder. Blackstone's Equation was produced and directed by Nicholas Bernhard, who
also edited and scored the film. It features interviews with several people from the case, including Masters' post-conviction attorneys, a juror from the trial,
the Colorado Innocence Project, and Masters himself. This fast-paced, engrossing
documentary conveys what is certainly the most fascinating story of wrongful
conviction you've ever heard of. It is a story of the American justice system, in its shortcomings and
triumphs. It is about the pitfalls of criminal profiling, so popular in Hollywood films like Silence of the Lambs, but with scant basis in reality. Lastly, it is
a story of never, ever giving up, even in our darkest of hours. Blackstone's Equation is 45 minutes long, and will play at the Lyric Cinema
Cafe in Ft. Collins, beginning November 3rd, playing for a week. Tim Masters will be at the November 3rd showing, at 7 PM, to answer audience questions. The
documentary has been re-mastered in High Definition for these screenings, for
the best possible viewing experience. Trailer: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=50d7Ya48dqw For more information, please contact: Nicholas Bernhard, Director-Producer (303) 304-6125 E-mail: Nicholas@NDHFilms.com
April 21, 2012 Blackstone's Equation, a documentary about the case, will be shown for the first time at CU Boulder on Friday, April 27 at 7 pm. The location is the Atlas Building, at the north end of the Euclid parking lot. The event is free and open to the public. The filmmaker is Nicholas Jay Bernhard, and the program includes both the film and a question-and-answer period.
Posted March 3, 2012
by Pat Hartman
I felt very compelled to post this, mainly because every time I've posted this on the Rants and Raves located in Craigslist my rant is flagged and deleted no more than ten minutes after posting this. I did some extensive research and fallowed this case closely since 2008. This story just doesn't settle well with me, especially because there are so many similarities between the events that led up to Peggy Hettricks Murder, and what is happening to me now
Posted September 24, 2010
Posted September 5, 2010
For two months, he pored over thousands of gruesome narratives and sketches seeking evidence, piecing together a case from psychological and circumstantial evidence.
For another 2 months, he was holed away in a room, working with prosecutors, and scoured that evidence, looking for ways to tear it down, then at how to defend it when he took it into the courtroom.
Carol Davy writes of the Peggy Hettrick page, and her memories of Peggy.
You gave light and love to her life, and stated that it could very well have been you or me... that is so true.
and goes on to say,
There in one of the photos was the American Indian, corn-silk raku vase that she just had to have from the store that I managed while she worked at Fashion Bar. We saw each other almost every day.
Peggy put this particular vase on lay-away… she was always short on cash! I had a 90-day program for purchase, however, after 6 months Peggy still hadn't paid for the vase in its entirety. I told her, "don't worry about it, whenever you can is fine. No big deal."
After about 9 months, Peggy came in to pay the remainder off, and she picked up this vase which she adored! I'll tell you , seeing this same vase in the photo stirred memories that were held deep within me. I noticed that she had placed two feathers in the vase. Peggy loved American Indian Art, and she was always in my store looking at the collection that we offered for sale to the public. I was a buyer/manager and had an affinity for American Indian Art as well, so we hit it off right away.
It gave me goose bumps to see this very vase sitting on her shelf! Thank you for that photo and for writing so eloquently about her and her dreams, aspirations, and of her life in general. She was a gem. She is still missed and thought of every day by those who knew her and lover her. I made a protest poster with her photo on it with her in that blue dress.