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LOSING JON is the chilling and terrifying true story of a teen's murder made to look like suicide, the police cover up, and a community's fight for justice.
The chilling and terrifying true story of a teen's murder made to look like suicide, the police cover up, and a community's fight for justice.
In 1990, Jon and Mickey Bowie, 19 year-old identical twin brothers, met up with friends to drink beers and party at a Red Roof Inn outside of Columbia, Maryland. There were fifteen teenagers and two cases of beer and the music was probably louder than it should have been. Police came to break up the party and while doing so violently beat the twin brothers, leaving their faces bloody and eyes swollen shut.
Outraged, the Bowie brothers pressed charges against the police officers for excessive force. These charges led to months of harassment and intimidation by the police. Just before the brothers were to appear in court to face the police, Jon Bowie turns up dead, his body discovered on top of the backstop at the high school baseball field, and his death was immediately declared a suicide. However, as witnesses stepped forward and the events of the weeks and days leading up to Bowie's death are discovered, it became clear that this was no suicide.
Could a charge of excessive force be enough to convince a police officer to murder a teenager? Was there something else going on in the utopian town of Columbia, Maryland? Were local politicians and the police department working to hide blatant abuses of power and illegal behavior? Or, is it possible that Jon Bowie actually committed suicide in a manner unthinkable, with his salvation literally in his hands, gripping the fencing that made up the backstop?