An absorbing story about serial killers on
the lam, LONELY HEARTS is based on the actual events
surrounding the murder spree of Martha Beck and Raymond
Fernandez during the
late 1940s and Detective Elmer C. Robinsonís participation
in their capture, incarceration and subsequent executions.
The murders are bloody and demented as lovers Ray and Martha
travel together, Ray seducing lonely, vulnerable women,
milking them of their money, then killing them. All the
while Martha falls deeper into her obsession for Ray, she is
convinced of their undying bond because he kills for her.
Ultimately, she too is drawn to participate in the grotesque
crimes. Theyíre a dangerous duo who leave a bloody trail
Beyond the historical aspects of these events, this story is
about the grim reality of
being a homicide detective, how the work invades oneís
personal life and isolates one from their loved ones. The
true crime aspects of the story intertwine with Robinsonís
personal culpability in the unexplained and spontaneous
suicide of his wife.
The story also wrestles with the existential questions of
purpose, accountability and a manís significance in the
world while offering hope and redemption. After capturing
Fernandez and Beck and witnessing their executions, it
becomes clear to Robinson that he must abandon the illusion
of control as it exists in police work. He realizes that any
real hope for redemption, happiness, forgiveness and legacy
have been before him all along in the form of his young son
and devoted wife. In the end he leaves the world of homicide
behind in exchange for a life with the people who love him.
In the late 1940s, Detective Elmer C. Robinson of the Nassau
Department, helped to capture and convict Lonely Hearts
killers Raymond Fernandez and Martha Jule Beck. In 1951, he
witnessed their executions at Sing Sing Prison and the
experience changed his life.
© 2007 Samuel Goldwyn Films. All Rights
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