"I GOT A CONSCIENCE AS FAR AS MY FRIENDS ARE CONCERNED. BUT MAN, IF YOU BRING ME A STRANGER, I’LL TREAT HIM THE SAME WAY I TREATED THE GERMANS FROM THE TIME I HIT SICILY."
— FLOYD ALBERT HOLZAPFEL,
PURPLE HEART RECIPIENT & COLD-BLOODED KILLER
ABOUT OUR PODCASTERS
John Maass is a producer/writer based in Miami. After he earned his J.D. at Duke University, John practiced corporate law in Miami, then decided to part ways with his jealous mistress and study filmmaking at Florida State University. His M.F.A. thesis film was screened at festivals in London, Tokyo, Germany, and Brazil. A few years later he produced and co-wrote the feature, “Curdled”. Over the past several years, John has focused on creating documentaries, including the feature, “Casa de los Arabes,” which profiles the members of a middle-eastern dance troupe in Havana. John and his producing partner and childhood friend, Jonathan Paine, have recently embarked on an adventure with Texas Crew Productions: the development of a podcast and documentary series about the Chillingworth murders, the most notorious crime in Florida’s history. Maass and Paine grew up hearing their parents recount the sprawling, lurid tale in their hometown of West Palm Beach, where most of its events took place.
Jonathan Paine grew up in West Palm Beach, Florida, just down the road from where Judge Curtis Chillingworth raised his three daughters. His father, a federal judge, knew Chillingworth well and often recounted the gripping saga of his murder to Jonathan when he was a wide-eyed boy. The story, which takes place in the 1950s, has stayed with him ever since. Now Paine, a filmmaker and educator, is collaborating with his childhood friend, John Maass, and Texas Crew Productions to bring a new interpretation of the Chillingworth tale to light. He and Maass want to dedicate the project to their dads, who introduced them to the mind-boggling case.
Season One: Chillingworth Credits
Brad Bernstein Rick Cikowski John Maass Jonathan Paine
Eric Begley David Karabinas Chip Rives Terry Stewart
John Maass Jonathan Paine Rick Cikowski Brad Bernstein
Rick Cikowski Jose Suarez Jack Nystrom
Daniel Kaplan Robby O’Neil Ted Cikowski
Daniel Kaplan Robert Ramos
Cody Sallee Nighthouse Films
Texas Crew Productions Nighthouse Films
Ernie Hutter, Eric Hutter, Heidi Spirazza, Nancy Kinnally, Nicólee Paine, Jane Musgrave, Skeeter Yenzer, Dan Calloway, Mimi Mirsky, Bill Pruitt, Ralph Clark, Charlotte Clark, Marie Chillingworth Cooper, Ted Prior, Phil O’Connell, Janet Canaday, Justice Jorge Labarga, Chuck Nugent, Emery Newell, Terry Furnell, Joel Daves, Jim Born, Debbie Murray, Elliot Kleinberg, Connie Dalton, Lance Reenstierna, Tim Pilleri, Ashley Hollern