|Boston International Film Festival
SESSION 39 B
Saturday, June 14, 4:45pm – 6:15pm
The double life of Norman Porter – 79 min
Killer Poet is the story of Norman Porter, a convicted double murderer from Massachusetts who served
25 years in prison before escaping to Chicago. There he spent the next two decades living as a
poet/intellectual by the name of JJ Jameson - an elaborately crafted false identity - until he was
apprehended last year. He had just been named Chicago's 'Poet of the Month' when the law finally
caught up with him. The film interweaves varying perspectives on an elusive and enigmatic persona,
from the eccentric characters living in the heart of Chicago's beatnik-artist community, to the victims'
embittered families in Boston, to the vigilant officers of the Violent Fugitive Apprehension Unit and their
twenty year hunt for a killer.
Director, Producer: Susan Gray
Executive Producer: Bestor Cram