The Spearhead Effect (2017) Script

It's been said that for every action, there is an equal and opposite reaction.

This creates a pendulum.

And endless back and forth of blurred causes and effects.

All of our debates, all of our contentions, knock against one another over and over.

This noise creates our status quo.

This is our rhythm.

But, what if someone steps outside of this cycle?

What is someone does something unexpected?

Something revolutionary.

They can destroy the pendulum.

But in doing so, they've also created a new one.

A bigger one.

Size to fit the stakes, they've said.

This is the Spearhead effect.

It's been, uh...

Five years, since it happened.

I don't want to talk about it.

I mean, what's there to say?

How am I supposed to get closure?

The man that did this is still out there.

I just want to say thank you for the outpouring of support after my last video.

I didn't expect it.

But it is good to know that I am not alone, that I am not the only one out there who feels frustrated over this.

You know I'm not just talking about the violent criminals that walk free.

I am talking about the system that allows it to happen.

Maybe we need to stop talking about "Them", and "They."

Maybe "We" need to step up.

Start taking accountability. Start cleaning up our own messes, instead of just reaching out to the cops and the courts to solve our problems.

When Officer Bradley was questioned by superiors, he claimed that his radio had been switched off accidentally.

The result of this investigation, two weeks paid suspension.

Really?

That's called vacation where I come from.

The individual officers are short of something to blame, they betrayed their oath to protect and serve.

But I can't be the only one wondering if this behavior is condoned or even encouraged down from the path.

Maybe it's time we stopped asking questions and found out for ourselves.

Oh, yeah.

Cheers!


The negligence I uncovered over and over again shouldn't come as a surprise.

Instead of just complaining about it, we can do something about it.

Step up. Take accountability.

Don't wait to become a victim. Defend yourselves.

Lead by example.

If an animal is cornered, nobody is surprised if it lashes out.

Why should you as a human being be any different?

Those are strong words.

Nine million views, two police departments under investigation, twelve officers already fired.

Mr. Stetson, do you consider this a success?

This isn't about me.

Okay, its about making sure people are held accountable.

About making sure that we don't have to go through our lives, fearing that we are gonna lose someone close to us.

When your online presence began, shortly after your own family tragedy, are you motivated by justice or grief?

No, I am motivated by the need for change, Shelby.

Okay, it's time that we reexamine this archaic system that provides little retribution...

No, you're trying to dismantle the institutions of justice.

No, I am trying to bolster these institutions to hold themselves up to higher standards, Sir.

You said that people shouldn't wait to become a victim before they defend themselves, this is a clear call to vigilante...

I can't control the nuances of how people interpret my message.

Okay, I am simply keeping people informed.

Protected. How they choose to do so... Give me a break.

Is of their own accord.

Carrying mace is one thing, but what do you think about all these groups that have been popping up all over the country calling themselves The Pioneers.

Well, it seems clear how people are interpreting his message...

Oh, come on, you can't place the blame solely on my shoulders for this.

Well, Mr. Stetson, do you think this has gone too far?

I believe that if these groups are getting information that leads to violent criminals being taken off the streets, then no, it's not too far.

Okay, I simply see civilians protecting each other.

Doing what's necessary to keep the streets..

Now, you call bashing in a victim's knee caps protection?

Since when do we allow that in America?

You call a verified felon trolling the streets with a firearm a victim?

The police couldn't and wouldn't have done anything until after the crime occurred.

Okay, I am simply watching people do what's necessary to keep the world a safer place.

Definitive action is a slippery slope.

What about the burden of proof?

For both of you, what about the burden of proof?

You're right, Sir. That's exactly what it has become. A burden.

Okay, listen. Listen, it's simple, let me explain it to you, you stay on the right side of the law, and you have no reason to fear these pioneers.

Mr. Stetson, are you one of the men behind the masks?

No, Shelby.

I am not one of the men behind the masks.

Okay, I can do far more in public than I could ever do, behind one of these silly masks.

You sit behind a computer screen all day, young man.

What do you think that law enforcement is?

I believe that I am doing exactly what you do, Sir.

I am analyzing,

Mr. Ramsey, one minute please, I'd like to ask Mr. Stetson a question.

I understand, Mr. Ramsey, Mr. Stetson, regardless of the controversy there is no denying you endured an awful tragedy with the death of your mother.

Do you believe yourself to be in the right state of mind to face all this attention?

I've never felt better.

Well, your profile has certainly picked up steam in the last few weeks.

How have your friends and family reacted to all of this?

It's... It's great.

It's wonderful to have support behind me.

It... It... Everyone has just been... Great.

I'd like to thank you, Mr. Stetson, for being on my show.


See the interview yet?

Dad?

No, I haven't.

Do you want me to resend you the link?

No, no, don't worry about it.

I support you, Jake, but I don't support you making yourself a target.

I'm fine, Dad. Okay?

Yeah, well, you sleeping okay? Yeah.

It's good. Any more of those nasty emails or threats?

Dad, okay, anybody is...

Anyone...

Gets death threats, all right?

It's one way of looking at it. Yeah.

Look, you didn't just embarrass those cunts, you toyed with their livelihood.

Look, Dad, if we're just gonna talk about this, why don't I just call you tomorrow, okay?

They are not gonna take that lightly.

Yeah, nor should they.

Why don't you come up for a little while? Take a break.

Get your mind off things.

Dad...

I don't wanna talk about this, you know. I'll call you tomorrow.

Jake, would you just...

Hey, can I get an autograph?

What's up, man?

Hey.

How you doing, dude?

Ah, you scared the shit out of me.

You seem like an easy target.

Wait, what are you doing here?

I thought you were still up at school.

Grad school. Journalism, right?

Yeah, I graduated like, last summer. Oh.

Came here looking for a job.

Any luck?

No. Nothing. Well...

I tried calling you. What, you changed your number?

Yeah.

Stupid thing. You know, you got to be safe sometimes.

Check out.

I wish you had let me know you were in town, we could've got a drink.

Ah, man, I've been slammed anyway, don't worry about it, you know...

How you... You doing okay, yourself?

Yeah, I've never been better.

What are you doing right now?

Want to grab a drink?

Place down the street has a great Taco Tuesday.

It's Thursday, dude.

That's right, yeah.

I got some research to do anyway, so...

Let's make it tomorrow.

Sure...

Greenman, eight o'clock?

Yeah, cool. Sounds great.

Leave your hidden camera at home though, huh.

Yeah, good one.

Good to see you, man.

See you tomorrow. All right.

Brings me to the story Sasha referenced at the top of the hour about the newly weds.

A new wife cooked her husband a roast one night for dinner.

The husband noticed that both ends of the roast have been cut off.

He asked, "Why?

Why would you cut the ends off in a roast?"

The wife became defensive and said, this is how her mother always did.

But she was secretly curious, so the next day she called her mother asking about the roast.

Her mother said, "Well, that's just how my mother always did it."

The young wife then calls her grandmother.

And asks about the roast. The grandmother said...

"Well, Sweetie, stoves were smaller back then, that's the only way it could fit."

Hello.

You like squealing? When is your birthday?

You know, fuck you.


Wedding was a blast.

I just couldn't get over how fat everybody got.

I'm serious. It was disgusting.

Ah, it happens I guess, right?

Everybody was asking about you.

I saw your interview last week.

Yeah? Your dad must be real proud.

My dad thinks that I went too far.

Made myself a... Target.

Maybe he's got a point.

Give me the matches.

Remember this one?

Fucking party tricks, man.

Some things never change, huh?

Nope.

I don't get it.

What's there to get?

I mean, what's the point?

There doesn't have to be a point.

What's going on?

Something's up. I can tell.

Somebody broke into my place last night.

Did you call the cops?

Somehow I doubt it will be news to them.

What, you think the cops broke into your place?

Left me a message.

Typical scare tactics.

Has this happened before?

A couple of emails, phone calls, but nothing this...

Invasive.

Oh, this is serious, man.

This is exactly the type of behavior I am trying to highlight, okay?

They're practically handing me motivation and ammunition.

Besides, if they actually plan on doing anything, all they do is make me a martyr.

Maybe you should lay low for a little while, you know, like, get out of your house, like, go stay with your dad or something.

Thank you.

Hey, no, look, I got it.

I got it. It's fine. I can...

Dude, I got it.

I am getting phone calls for book deals if you can believe it or not.

Plus I know you got student loans to pay off.

So, my treat.

Thanks.

Are you sure you feel safe at your house?

Why don't you crash at my place?

I got a couch you can sleep on.

You know, it will be good to catch up.

My treat.

Okay.

This is you.

Make yourself at home.

You know...

You got enough books in here.

Yeah, well, you like playing with fire, I have my interests.

Maybe I like actually playing with fire instead of just reading about it, huh.

You know what?

Oh, and you know, by the way, try not to broadcast my address all over the Internet, you know I prefer my walls without bloody threats, okay?

Noted.

All right.

Shower pressure, the water is little wonky, but, will be all right.

Yeah, make yourself at home, man.

Wanna watch a movie or something?

Ah, dude, I really got to get to bed, man.

These interviews are kicking my ass.

I wanna get at least 12 hours of sleep tonight. You watch.

Yeah. Pretty beat too.

Yeah, good night. Hey...

Meant to ask you earlier.

You never said what you thought about the videos I post.

I...

No, it's cool, right?

Good night, man.

Good night.

Thanks again.


Excuse me, guys.

Thanks, man.

So where did you go last night?

Nowhere.

Two o'clock, I heard you walk out.

Oh, yeah, I...

Couldn't sleep. I felt a walk would clear my head.

For three hours?

Longer the walk, clearer the head, you know.

I thought you were getting laid or something.

You know...

You all right, man?

Yeah, it's fine, it's just...

You know, job interviews aren't really coming, still got this debt on my hands, and you know, like...

Daniel is always talking about his student debt.

He never mentions his weekend trips to the casino, does he?

Dude, I told you that..

And he neglects to mention his celebrity friends.

Jake, this is Evan. Evan, this is Jake.

Hi.

Sure... Have a seat.

I hope it doesn't embarrass you if I say I admire your work.

No. Not at all.

We actually got to get going.

Why?

You got a job to rush off to?

Yeah, thanks, Evan.

So when can we expect your next expose?

Waiting for an inspiration to strike.

How do you two know each other?

We're in the same book club.

Book club. Really?

What are you reading?

Crime and Punishment.

We have some pretty lively discussions.

Especially last night.

Last night?

You guys meet pretty late for a book club, don't you?

You should swing by.

Maybe we can provide you with some inspiration.

I actually don't think we got enough room, really, you know.

I mean, no offense, Jake, but you probably wouldn't even like it anyway.

Okay, you guys are fucking with me, right?

Why don't you two talk about it?

I should get back to work.

All right.

It's a pleasure to meet you.

Okay, what the hell is that shit?

Sorry, he can be kind of a douche.

He's a douche?

You're the one with your panties in a wad.

Like what's the shit about the casino? I thought you were done with that.

All right, I'm not gonna get lectured by a guy who's got half the police force after him, all right?

Okay.

Look, I've known you my entire life, you know, I just want the best for you, you trust me, right?

Yeah, of course.

Then just let this one go.

You said you wanted to lay low for a little while.

Just lay low.


What the...

(Muffling)

Fuck you, guys. I'm not gonna tell you anything.

You're gonna have trouble walking out tonight.

Where did you get the kiddy porn?

God, I bought it from Boyd, all right.

You know where to find him?

Yes.

Just... Fucking let me go!

What do you guys think?

I think he's full of shit.

Let's cut his fucking junk off.

I say we follow the lead.

It's what we're here for, right?

All right.

If you're leading us on a wild goose chase..


Yeah, coming.

Who is it?

Who are you?

Evan?

Yeah, open up.

Hey. What's up?

Daniel's not here.

We were supposed to grab some food.

He's at a job interview.

A miracle. Yeah.

Well, what about you? Hungry?

I am in the middle of some work.

Research.

Yeah, I can use a break.

You and Daniel met in college?

No, we grew up together.

I actually didn't graduate.

Isn't that funny?

Daniel goes to journalism school, gets himself a 100 grand debt.

He can't find a job to save his life.

And you are just doing it.

He's doing what he can.

He's analog, you're digital, my friend.

What do you mean?

He played by the rules.

You didn't ask for permission.

You adapted. Survival of the fittest.

Daniel is a nice guy.. Nice guys don't move history forward.

All right. Look at it this way.

In the 1800s, if someone wanted knowledge about a particular subject, they went to... The encyclopedia.

Now of course very few people could afford their own encyclopedia Britannica sets.

And even a smaller group of people actually wrote the entries.

The system had limited access, limited contribution, limited points of view.

But now, now we've got Wikipedia.

We've got open source information. Blogs like yours.

If someone seeks knowledge about a particular subject, there are endless options.

Everyone has access. Everyone contributes.

Now we've seen this evolution play out in virtually every business, and human system, in the western world.

Except, the justice system.

But see what you've done, you've called upon the general population to start making their own contribution.

To stop outsourcing their protection.

Everyone knows the saying, "It takes a village to raise a child."

But what they forget, it takes a village to protect one.

You make it sound easy.

And one person can only do so much though.

In the 1930s, scientists declared it it all but impossible to run a four-minute mile until Bannister got it by half a second.

Since then, over thousand others have done it.

All it takes is one.

What's this?

Uh, just looking into the place.

It's a rent or...

For your work or something?

What do you.. You're not one of those people who asks, "What do you do," are you?

Come on, let's go, man.

Let's eat.

Dude, when are you gonna start locking your door?

Hey! You ditched me.

What! No...

I left you a message.

Hey, how did the interview go?

Good. Very good.

I think...

I hope you're more mean than that when it really counts.

Hey, no brews?

I'm on a cleanse.

I can run back out and get some.

Yeah! You just got here.

It's no problem. I could use a walk.

Clear my head.

Thanks, man. Yeah.

You like squealing?

Well, fuck off, huh.

You think this is getting to me?

You think this is going to shut me up? Fuck off.

New fish. Yeah.

Welcome. There he is.

What do you think of our book club?

Put this on.

It's me.


I'd like to introduce you to Boyd.

Boyd here is what you call a system golden boy.

Aren't you, buddy boy?

And what about you?

Kidnapping?

You fucking play ball too.

Yeah, but you play literally deformed.

Don't be so hard on him.

It's not easy when it's complified work that can be any easier on the sex offender list.

What did he do?

Let's show our friend what's behind door number three.

Is she young enough for you, huh?

Is she young enough?

How do we know they are his?

We found them on him.

Possession is nine tenth of the law.

And half of this was strictly speaking, legal.

I mean say we had waited for a warrant, Boyd here would have had plenty of time to dispose the evidence once he realized we were watching him.

I know how you feel about bureaucracy.

I know my fucking rights.

Which is exactly the problem here.

The system is more concerned with protecting your rights than getting results.

But what about her rights?

What about her rights?

I mean, why physical pictures, why, like a paper trail?

With all this NSA shit, these pedophiles, they are reverting back to their old ways.

You can't trace physical pictures back to an IP address.

Problem is, even when you find a symptom...

You still have to trace it back to the infection.

You see Boyd here, he's just spare change, a tentacle, another hydrant.

Fuck you.

We wanna find the heart.

I don't know shit.

Yeah, that's what your friend said.

The one you sold the pictures to.

But first, that's when we we didn't ask so politely.

He could've made it easier on himself.

Like you can now.

Look, what's this, huh? You like to be punished, huh?

Is this what you want?

Is this what you're going for, huh?

You want this? You like this?

Fuck, fuck. Okay, okay, okay, I sold.

Okay, I sold the pictures.

You sold the pictures.

I didn't have a choice.

Had no choice...

How the fuck else was I gonna get a job?

I swear, I didn't touch the kid.

Touch the kid, huh?

I sold the pictures but I barely even looked at them, I swear.

Yeah, we can help you out with a beer.

How'd you like that?

Military grade pepper spray.

You gonna talk now?

Okay. Who gave you the merchandise to sell?

I don't know. It was a drop.

He would text me the location, and I would pick it up.

We never even spoke..

Bullshit, tell the truth.

I don't know. Please.

Please, I don't know.

What do you think?

Satisfied he's in this shit?

You think we should let him go?

Yeah, I...

Come on, speak up, son.

Hey.

Okay.

I don't know that...

He wears a red baseball hat, low... So you can't see his face.

Where did you meet him?

At the pier.

Tuesday afternoon.

Okay, where at the pier?

No set location.

I just wander around it and he would find me.

And he always wears the red hat?

You can't tell him I told you, okay?

He knows my name, he'll kill me.

Oh, ain't that a fucking shame.

Hey, you think he would've told the cops that?

No. No, he wouldn't. Hey.

That was nice.

It was real nice, young man.

That was real nice.

So...

Let me go.

We have to verify the information first.

We can't just have you going out.

Warning Mr. Redhat, can we...

You'll tell the police, right? You'll tell them that I cooperated.

Maybe they'll help me get a job, you know.

Oh, he's gonna do it. He's gonna do it.

Oh, yeah!


Jake? Yeah.

You all right?

Fine. Yeah.

I tried to tell Evan that you wouldn't want to be a part of this.

It's not that simple.

Maybe it's like you said in the interview, huh?

You can do more work without a mask.

I mean if people found out that you were there tonight, it would destroy everything you've accomplished.

People are desensitized.

It would take me doing something really fucked up to get them to change their mind now.

Go back to trusting the police.

Maybe if I...

Filleted someone...

Or burned someone alive, then maybe, but...

Even still, as long as you were guilty.

Yeah, but why risk it?

You know, what if you just kept doing your thing, and we'll do ours, and just pretend you never saw anything.

Evan.

What's up? All right. Give it in.

How was that for inspiration, huh? Yeah.

Little better than sitting by the computer screen all day.

It's different. Yeah, it's different.

I mean, shit, you inspired it, but now you're part of it.

Wasn't I already?

Yeah, but those were just words.

Words are meaningless without action.

You guys certainly have the action part down, huh?

We're fucking nobodies.

All right, you, you got an audience, a vision.

With us, you could be the one to change everything.

Why did you slash his eye?

What?

He gave you the information that you wanted, you didn't need to slash his eye.

Okay, so maybe I got a little carried away but don't tell me you're feeling sorry for the guy.

No. If you don't want to be a part of this, then I guess we're just... I didn't say that, okay.

All right.

We just got a sick fuck off the street.

Next up is this red-hat guy, we're gonna have the whole operation under water.

Yeah, can't argue with the results.

If you're gonna talk during the meetings, you need to be strong, assured, none of this...

Pitter-patter bullshit, you know what I mean? Yeah.

You need presence.

Give it a shot.

Now?

Yeah, just... You know, try a few things out.

Well, what am I supposed to say?

I can't tell you that.

Either tell me what I want to hear...

You got to convince yourself first.

Okay? Hey, look at me.

Those things that you push under the surface, just let 'em come out.

All right?

Just give him some space.

Fuck you.

Fuck you.

You think the police can help you now?

Do you think I give a fuck, what the cops say? I am the new law.

I am the one that you will beg for your life.

And assuming that I let you keep it, I am the one that you will pray to never see again.

Everytime you open your eyes assuming I let you keep them in your fucking skull.

I am the one with the power now.

I am the one that can make it all happen, I am the one that will change everything!

I am the one that is the guardian!

I want you to beg for your fucking life!

Because you deserve to die for what you did!

So we just wait for this guy now?

No, we split up.

All right, Daniel, you take the boardwalk.

I'll take the parking lot, you got the arcade.

Think he'll be armed?

He's a kiddy porn peddler, for God' sake, not Tony Montana.

Yeah, it's a valid question.

Look, if this scares you...

Fine.

I know you aren't.

So fucking act like it.


Coming through.

Excuse me.


Daniel!

Evan!

Daniel, Evan, he's up here.

He's up here.

I think I got him.

Hey.

Jake. Whoa, whoa, whoa, whoa.

Holy shit, man.

(Muttering)

Where the fuck were you guys?

We thought he was coming around the...

I guess not. Where are your fucking badges, man, huh?

Aren't you guys gonna read me my rights?

Yeah. You got the right to shut the fuck up.

Now, what have you got for us, huh?

What have you got for us? What's this, huh?

They're not mine, man.

You do the honors.


What are we gonna do with him?

What's that smell?

You'll see.

Who are we going after now? The guy he's reporting to?

Don't worry about it.

The camera.

It's on.

You guys post any of these videos online yet?

No, we're waiting for the big finale.

What do you mean big.. All right, all right, let's get started.

Who's missing?

Can't a guy get a smoke break around here?

Wha...

What the fuck, man!

You're not used to being on the other side of the camera, are you?

Wait a minute.

Let's discuss this, all right?

Clearly you guys think I did something. I don't know what it is.

But whatever you think it is, I promise you it's not... Oh, not, not.

Not, not, not what we think, not profiting from the defilement of this.

You're wrong. You're wrong.

That guy attacked me. I just panicked.

You saying you wouldn't do the same thing if it happened to you, you wouldn't defend yourself?

He just came at me, man.

Why do you think that is?

I don't know what the fuck you're talking about, but whatever it is.. We can't prove, right?

Anything we found in truck of your car, someone else put it there, right?

Oh, yeah. Sounds right.

Well, if the cops ask, maybe we put it there.

Must be us.

Brain juice, so we could get our rocks off.

Oh, I'm hard, baby, I'm hard.

Have a chance to work off the little streaks.

Yeah, get it out. That sound about right?

Yeah, sure.

Let's just speak about this, okay?

We'll have a discussion, man to man.

"Man to man."

You think you're a fucking man?

You think we all can do what you do?

Come on, man, answer.

You don't even deserve to speak.

Here we go.

Come on, now. Cat got your tongue?

I don't think we need a confession from this guy, okay, we have everything we need in the trunk.

You really wanna risk that?

What the fuck are you doing with that?

No, no, no, what are you doing?

What are you doing with that?

No. No, no.

Evan, this isn't on our menu, okay, I just..

No one's here to play kit kat.

Tough squirt.

Check it out.

Ah, just another scratch.

I... I... What's that?

You have something you'd like to get off your chest, huh?

Hey, give me that.

Give me!

Hey, you want to try?

All right. No, no, no, no.

Here we go. No, no, no, no.

He just said he would tell.

What, this is the kind of guy you want to take easy on?

You were saying, huh?

Something about telling? Did you want help?

Right there.

I want to get out of here. Do you...

I've got kids at...

I am serious.

I just watch them a little.

They didn't know nothing.

Just thought it was play time.

I am sorry.

I was young.

You fucking piece of shit.

They were young, you fuck.

I know that was difficult for you.

Purging yourself off all that filth.

All that filth you spread, you're just gonna keep it in your head, could you?

Well, I tell you what.

All that filth you spread, I think that's where it belongs.

Inside of you.

We're gonna help you with that.

Aren't we, boys?

You were wondering what that smell is?

What the fuck is that?

What are you guys doing?

Well, his mind's in the gutter, we figure why shouldn't his body be.

No, no, no, you have his confession on film, okay? You don't need to do this.

Take him to the police. Have them deal with it.

We are just filming his confession.

This guy is a sick fuck.

You saw it for yourself.

Give this guy some refreshment.

My pleasure.

Get it down.

Get it down there.

Get it down there.

Chug! Chug! Chug!

Stop!

Stop!

You got a fucking problem?

This is just torture for torture's sake.

Don't you get the fucking point here, huh?

Who are you protecting right now? Nobody.

Who is this guy giving up right now? Nobody.

We can make him an example.

You do whatever you want, all right?

I'm not gonna be a part of this anymore.

Hey! You think we're gonna let you walk out of here?

With everything you've seen?

I told you he wasn't right for this.

This isn't right for anybody.

You talk about guys like this getting off of something sick, you're no different.

You think real change happens when you sit back and lecture about it?

No! It happens when you set a new standard.

An extreme message yields extreme results.

Set the standard.

Send the message.

That's what I thought.

Maybe you are right.

Maybe we should let him sit in his own filth, I mean look at this fucking guy.

What do you think?

I said what do you...

What the fuck are you doing?

Get after him. Come on, let's go.


What the fuck.

Fuck you, Fuck you. Go back...

Help you?

Yeah. A room.

What you thinking, one?

Two?

Hours. How many you need?

A whole night.

Okay.

Hey, are you alone?

Yeah. Hey, if you... want me to introduce you to some friends, I could send a girl your way.

Or a guy.

Just the room. Thanks.

Hey, do I know you?

I swear I've seen your face before.

No.

Hey, if you want, I'll introduce you to my friend Molly.

If you want a little line, just tell me.

Fuck you, prude.

Just trying to make some cash.

If you can just get out of my way and let me get do my fucking job, that would be great.

I think maybe you're with him.

I think that's explanation for so many hookers coming in and out of here.

No, the explanation is, because this is a hotel.

Because all I am doing is checking people in..

On an hourly rate maybe.

Who cares? Listen, no more meth, hookers, or crack heads, all right?

You're wearing me out.

Officer, Officer, wait, wait, look.

Okay, this is gonna sound crazy, but I need to report the kidnapping of three child pornographers.

Wait, let's go back to the beginning.

You want to report a child pornography, right?

No, no, no. I need to report the kidnapping of three child pornographers.

You know the guys that are doing it, T-t-the Pioneers, the group of guys that are going after the criminals?

They are coming after me now.

What'd you do?

I didn't do anything.

Probably be easy to smooth this out if you...

Wanna come down to the station with me.

No, no, I can't go anywhere near a police station, okay?

They threatened me if I went to anyone.

You sure it's the only reason you wouldn't feel safe in a police station?

What, you think I didn't recognize you?

You're the flavor of the month.

I doubt there's a station anywhere that doesn't have your picture hanging on a dartboard.

Now, just wait a second, I wanna get this straight.

So you go out in the web with a call of action for the men and women of this fine country to rise up and take the law into their own hands.

And now that these pioneers have actually done so, you wanna report them to the very people you set out to criticize.

What's the matter, they stealing your thunder?

I watched these guys rip the tooth out of a man's head.

Child pornographer?

Well, just judging from the fact that you got three of my buddies fired, for not having in your words, "The balls to do what needs to be done," that I'm just a little surprised that you're so dedicated in protecting these types of folks.

What are their names?

The guys in the masks. What are their names?

The main guy, his name is Evan.

Last name?

Do you know any of the others?

Do you know any of those names?

Where any of them live?

Everybody was in masks, okay? I don't know.

I can show you something.

T-t-the house.

Where they took him, what happened, I could show you that.

This is it?

Yeah, I'm positive.

Thought you said it was empty.

None of this was here. There was a "For sale" sign.

No hammock.

Uh-huh.

Coming. Coming.

Hi, can I help you? I am Officer Keller.

Mind if I ask you a few questions?

No.

I'm sorry to bother you, Sir, but you mind telling me if you moved in here recently?

I've been here four years almost.

Four years.

Well, is the house up for sale, on the market?

No. Hey, is that Luke?

Hold on.

Um, I'm sorry, is there anything that I can help you with, in particular?

Well, there's been some reports of vagrant squads in empty houses, and your neighbor here thought he saw few of them coming out of your property.

Really?

Tell you what?

What about loud noises, you hear any last night?

Around 2:00 a.m., screaming, something like that.

No, I was in bed by 11:00 and I am pretty sure screaming would've woken me up.

I'm sorry, you saw people coming out of where?

Oh, nowhere exactly.

I mean, they're staying low.

Not at sight.

Basements, garages.

You... You got a garage back there?

Okay, look, he's lying. Okay? Everything..

These guys have a lot of talent.

No. No, look, look, okay, everything...

They must've used the place without them knowing.

Emptied out quite like mice, right?

Well, he is in on it. Of course.

Look, I am telling you okay, you're being played, okay?

No shit.

Sorry. Look, you got to believe me, okay.

Believe in what?

You got no names, no witnesses, no probable cause, no crime scene, and no missing persons reports filed on any of your supposed victims.

And for that matter, no reason for me to believe this is anything but another sting operation for your little documentary project.

It's not, I swear to God, okay?

Don't come back again.

Don't call.

Any phone call traced back to your number, will be considered a prank call.

And will be prosecuted accordingly.

These guys are after me.

Let me tell you something.

If they are real, and they are out to get you, I hope I do find them.

I'll shake their fucking hands.


Oh, my God!


Jake, I've been trying to call you.

It's one thing to not see a person for over a year..

Dad, look I'm.. You can't just go silent on me with everything that's..

I know, Dad, I'm sorry, okay?

You can't keep annoying the people who really care.

Jake, you understand? You know..

Just listen. Dad, listen.

I'm listening.

Look, I'm ready to come home.

You are?

Yeah.

Oh, Jake, that's great.

That's great.

There is something I need to do first.

The same.

You okay once I left?

Yeah, I still have all my teeth, if that's what you mean.

Look, we have to act now, okay?

We have an opportunity.

Any names.

Any... Whatever information you give me, okay?

I can't give you any information 'cause I don't know anything.

Look, I have a platform.

I have a voice.

I can fix this.

You think you can just retract everything what you've said, just log in to your webcam, and say, "Oops I didn't realize what a slippery slope it all was," and everything will just go back to normal?

I mean even if that would work, I don't know anybody's name.

I don't know where anybody lives.

Evan insisted that we all use burner phones to stay in contact.

He know everybody, but...

He wanted us to all to stay anonymous, so we wouldn't get cold feet and run to the cops.

I talked to them.

The police.

Hey, relax.

Relax, okay? I kept you out of it.

I took him to the house.

There was someone living there and the garage was filled with stuff, it was completely changed.

Yeah, they wouldn't risk going back.

Besides, Evan talked about finding some place new.

Some place where they could do something bigger.

More extreme. More extreme?

You guys are already out of control.

This isn't what I meant to happen.

Hey, you didn't publish a hand book when you posted all those videos, all right?

No, it's like starting a forest fire and trying to control where it goes.

How'd you let it get this far?

This isn't like you, man.

Started with just a couple of guys kicking some ideas around.

Some people saw your videos and they agreed.

And whenthe first Pioneer group started showing up, it just made sense.

I just...

Don't think anybody realizes how it's noble over time.

Haven't you ever felt that?

I mean you're so caught up in the ride, that everything up the window is just...

Seems like a blur.

After...

After it happened...

I just drew blame everywhere.

I didn't know what else to do.

Instead of solving any of my own problems I was just...

Wallowing in misery for five years.

Fighting for somebody who isn't here anymore.

It's not a solution.

An obsession.

It's a lovely sentiment.

Can I get you another drink?

Come on, you thirsty?

I'll take that as a yes.

Fuck you, Evan.

Drink.

I said, drink.

Fuck.

Grab his phone too.

Do I have to ask again?

Don't you have somewhere to be or something?

Yeah, I do.

Actually, we all do.

So, you better finish these drinks.

You know, it's a shame.

I overestimated you.

Some people just are better behind a computer screen.

You took it too far.

That's the only way to get people to notice.

You should know that by now.

I can't. I...

Hmm? I can't.


Come on, I know you got a weak stomach, but at least finish your damn drink.

You two get to be a part of something special tonight.

We're taking things in a new direction.

Finish your drink.

Come on, Daniel, stay with me.

One more.

To the digital age.

Fuck.


Come on, we're gonna be late, let's go.

Let's go. Forget him, come on.

Come on.


The men before us, are pedophiles.

Rapists. Traitors.

Men who, if left to the justice system to detect and arrest, would still be free to continue their activities, until or if, they would even stop.

Now, we can't erase the past, but we can change the outcome of the future.

We don't do this because we enjoy it, we do this, because when the system needs adjusting, when the system favors structure over effectiveness, someone needs to create a better way.

And if no one else is willing to step up to the plate, we will rise to our duty.

Now, I'd like to take a moment to address those who may question our methods, call them violent, dramatic, I ask you this, why did the Sons of Liberty board British ships and throw their tea into the ocean?

Why not destroy the ship entirely?

Because they wanted to catch people's attention.

They wanted to show the world just how outdated the system they'd accepted, the system, they'd trusted had become.

All in the name of freedom and of revolution.

Now, here tonight, we'll let our new friends, here wait in the wings.

We'll let them ponder and reflect on what brought them here.

We'll give our old friends one final chance at redemption.

I trust they've learned a lot in these past few days of our company.

I guess we'll find out, won't we?

All right.

What do you think, gentlemen?

Hey.

How's it going?

I'll watch him.

This is us, man.

Now, get up there.

Go watch the show.

I got this. All right.

Please don't touch. It's me.

What the hell are you doing here?

Getting you out of here.

What, do you got, hacks on your coat?

Keys. What?

Key. T-t-the key ring. Who has the key ring?

Who has the keys?

There's 20 guys out there.

All right.

I'll go get help, okay? No.

No, no, no, no, you can't. I'm next.

You can't leave me here, please.

Don't leave me.

Okay.

I can fix this.

Okay?

I can fix this.

I'll fix this.

Punishment, do you really just feel we'll let you walk out of here today?

Lesson learned.

You two will have the chance to plead privately to my associates here.

If you both admit to your mistakes and plead guilty, you'll each receive fifty milliamps of shock, which I believe is a paltry punishment...

Where are the keys at?

Got to get him ready back there.

If one of you pleads not guilty, while the other pleads guilty, the innocent party will receive nothing, while the guilty party will receive seventy five milliamps of shock.

This is where breathing becomes labored, sometimes ceasing entirely.

If both of you plead not guilty, you will both receive 100 milliamps of shock, where of course, ventricular fibrillation of the heart occurs.

Clearly, it would behoove you to work together on this one.

Guilty or not guilty.

Not guilty. You motherfucker!

Not guilty.

You fucking idiot. This is all on you.

You did it.

This is on you.

This is all your fault.

It would've never happened if you didn't make me do this.

This is all you...

The instrument.

What the fuck is that thing?

Cattle prod?

We went over this.

It's a picana. It's intended for human subjects.

Please.

What the fuck is wrong with you people!

Stop it. Stop it.

Stop it. Stop it.

Did you get the key?

No.

I've done this before.

Now is not the time.

Shut up.

They're gonna smell that.

Of a burning flesh?

These are party tricks.

Who the fuck is this guy?

I don't know.

Okay.

Fuck.

I can do this. I can do this.

Fuck.

Let's bring out number three.

Fuck.

What the fuck are you doing back here?

You're smoking through the mask?

Fuck off. Whatever.

Okay.

Our friend here, is a serial rapist. Fuck.

Physically damaging enough of course, but he wasn't content to leave his victims with the trauma that his actions precipitated.

No.

Perhaps you thought it's something merciful, not wanting your victims to live with the memory, you thought it's best to end this suffering and their life.

Shit.

Come on.

My God!

Holy shit!

Let's go. Come on.

Ah!

Come on.

Walk with me.

What the fuck are you talking about?

What did he just say?

Forget it.

Got to go. Come on.

You drowned them.

You left their bodies swollen and exposed, for their families to find.

How does it feel for you to be exposed?

How does it feel for you to be faced with what you try to avoid?

You don't know what you're saying.

Okay, I never killed those women!

Right. Gentlemen!

No!

You weren't gonna tell me?

I didn't know.

Until the night...

I got this guy.

He was abducting a girl, went back to his place, and I found an archive.

And?

Pictures.

Videos too.

Past victims.

My mother.

Did you see my mother?

Go.

Get the police.

What are you gonna do?

I need to see this.

No, please!

Stop, I have a family, please. I have a daughter!

Please , stop!

Let me go!

I mean that, I swear to God...

What we believe, is that the punishment, should fit the crime.

Penetration, with penetration.


Sorry, I can't. I can't.

It's too much.

Anyone else?

Anyone?

Who's gonna forge a new pair?

Who's gonna be...

Good.


Take off your mask.

I said, take off your mask, Jake.

Take it off!

Now look into the camera, say your name.

Jake Stetson.

Say, "My name is Jake Stetson.

I did what I did, because..."

My name is Jake Stetson.

I did what I did...

I did what I did to this man because of what he did to my mother.

Because this man raped and murdered my mother.

Is that what you want?


I came here to help you.

Is any of it real?

What's the point?

Extreme message yields extreme results.

No, no.

No, you can't do this! You can't fucking do this!

No!

I want you to beg for your (bleep) life.

Because you deserve to die for what you did!

I did what I did to this man because of what he did to my mother.

Because this man raped and murdered my mother.

Wow, that was truly disturbing.

Sick, very sick. Now, Carole, you've been following the Pioneer movement since the beginning, is this violent murderous manifesto possibly the end?

It's difficult to say now, on one hand, the Pioneer groups have fallen largely quiet, still I think there's something we're not seeing here.

We have seen enough, Carole. We have seen enough.

Everyone has. We all know you have seen enough.

There's a reason public opinion has already shifted wildly back into the favor of the police.

I don't think it's fair to discount the entire movement based on that one..

He took the flawed idea to the logical extreme and that's what it took for people to recognize what this movement truly was.

I'm not saying he wasn't motivated by grief or...

He brutally killed the wrong man.

The man was incarcerated when Stetson's mother was killed.

Now yes, he was a convicted criminal, but this is beyond anything that we've seen.

But this is so out of character. We're not defending Stetson.

This is what I warned you about when he was a guest on your show last.

I didn't know you warned me about him.

All right, let's go back to the video.

But it's preferable to anarchy, Miss Stone.

Let's go back to...

There we go, right there.

Okay. Well, look at the ceremonial aspect.

It's methodical.

Now, this doesn't suggest the voice of the cause.

This suggests a man who took sick pleasure in wrongly administered justice.

Well, there has been no sign of Stetson since he posted this video online or otherwise.

Well, of course not. He's in hiding and I would do too if I were him.

I don't think he's in hiding. Carole, do you think he's in hiding?

I don't understand why would he post a video that would force him underground?

Exactly. Carole, because he's deranged.

The whole movement is deranged and this finally proves it.

No, I'm not defending his actions I am simply questioning his motives.

Undermines the very fabric of American justice, and Carole, you should be ashamed, you know this needs principles.

Carole, you said before that there might be something we're not seeing here. Are you implying some kind of manipulation?

Yes. Jake Stetson has been a polarizing public figure.

Don't be vague. There are absolutely those benefits It sounds like she has a crush on Jake Stetson. from discrediting...

Who, who exactly is the mastermind of your conspiracy?

I never said there was a conspiracy, I'm simply staying open to the possibility that we are not seeing the whole story.

I agree. It's easy to jump to conclusion.

Things are not always as obvious as they appear to be.

Oh, it's pretty obvious here.

How else could you possibly see this issue?

Jake Stetson started the Pioneer movement, perhaps it's fitting he may have ended it as well.

But I sit here of course, wondering the same thing as everybody else.

Where is Jake Stetson now?