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"Film telling tale of gruesome Windsor Murders Proves Fictional"
The Fort Collins Coloradoan / The Windsor Beacon
Erin Udell | March 14, 2014
According to filmmaker Jimmy Weber’s documentary short, “The House in Windsor,” the sleepy bedroom community of Windsor was also home to Colorado's most vicious serial killer.The film depicts the story of Henry Olsen, a young Windsor man who, throughout the 1960s, murdered 13 young women.
But the thing is, Henry Olsen was never real. Neither was his Windsor home — or house of horrors. In fact, it’s address — 1504 Chester Drive — doesn’t even exist in the town.“The House in Windsor,” which was released in 2010 and found renewed interest on a Facebook page dedicated to “disturbing” videos Wednesday, “is an entirely fictional tale.“
“The thing is, everything in the short is fake,” Weber said in an email to the Coloradoan. “All the people are actors, and the photos and other footage was created for the movie. We didn’t advertise it was fake because it’s much more effective if the viewer doesn’t know.”
The documentary short, which was an official selection for the Denver Film Festival in 2010, features testimonials from actors playing the roles of a detective, an author and the owner of Henry Olsen’s fictional former home. Footage from Northern Colorado and downtown Windsor also is featured.
Since being shared Wednesday on the “Disturbing Videos” Facebook page, the short video has generated 200 likes and 135 shares on the social media site, with several commenters claiming to be Windsor residents and others talking about going to see “the house.”
“This is a fictional story that they came up with and highly stylized,” Windsor Police Chief John Michaels said. “If you like spooky movies, it’d be one to watch, but it has absolutely nothing to do with Windsor.”