In 1991, the real-life mystery show “Unsolved Mysteries” aired a segment about wanted criminal Dennis Depue, a Michigan man who killed his wife, Mary, in 1990 and fled the state. Depue, who lived in Dallas under the name “Hank Queen”, was uncovered the night the segment aired as his then girlfriend and other acquaintances alerted authorities, who began a pursuit when Depue tried to lead them on a high speed car chase. Eventually pulled to the side, he committed suicide.
But the reason I bring up this story is because the day of his wife’s murder bears a series of events that are strikingly similar to the opening series of events found in the 2001 horror film Jeepers Creepers.
For example, the day of Mary Depue’s murder, a couple was driving the backroads of Coldwater, MI when Dennis zoomed past them in a large van. The couple remembered part of the license plate because they played a game where they would turn license plate numbers into phrases, much like Darry and Trish. Furthermore, as the couple kept driving, they passed an abandoned building where they saw Dennis holding a blood-soaked sheet, much like how the siblings in the film saw The Creeper holding a body-shaped object that was covered in blood stains.
As they drove past the building, the van soon afterwards pulled up behind them and rode their tail for a couple of miles. When the couple turned around to try and get behind the van to get its information, they saw the passenger door splattered with blood and decided to head to the abandoned building to investigate the bloody sheet. To say that it’s striking in its resemblance is an understatement.
A video below compares the segment from “Unsolved Mysteries” with several minutes from Jeepers Creepers so that you can see just how similar these two really are.
We all know that many horror films take inspiration from real life events, so this isn’t terrible surprising. However, it does make Jeepers Creepers all the more unsettling.