"The Flock" is 2007 film/movie that could have taken inspiration from various true story vigilante stories. "The Flock" originally aired in some theaters in 2007 but was released to DVD in the U.S. in 2008. The movie is due to premier on Sunday on the Lifetime Network. The crime drama is directed by Wai-keung Lau aka Andrew Lau. It is written by Hans Bauer and Craig Mitchell, according to the New York Times. The director of the film could have used several true stories as a basis for the film. (Starring Richard Gere and Claire Danes)
"The Flock" synopsis/plot
On the verge of retiring, a caseworker with the Department Of Public Safety struggles with whether he has done enough to monitor and stop as many sex offenders as possible. Frustrated with his job, he reaches his breaking point as he trains a new female employee and relentlessly pursues a sex offender, whom he suspects of kidnapping a missing girl. Is he on the right track, or is he a vigilante government employee 'gone' over the edge? "The Flock," which entertains themes involving sex offenders, the Department Of Public Safety and missing teens is a Bauer Martinez Studios production.
Here are some true story cases that could have inspired the idea for the movie:
In 1999, a 27-year-old mentally disabled man was brutally attacked by four men who mistook him for a sex offender. Police records show that Vietnamese immigrant Thinh Pham was beaten by Randy Ray Baker and three others because they thought that Pham was a registered pedophile. Authorities say that Thikh Pham was living at an address in Dallas, Tx., that had once been the address of a sex offender, according to the Deseret News. The beating brought attention to vigilante cases against sex offenders. The local Department of Public safety stated that vigilantism against sex offenders would not be tolerated. Thinh Pham sustained several serious injuries, including the loss of several teeth. Randy Ray Baker was found guilty of injuring a disabled person. He was sentenced to 48 years in a Texas correctional facility in 1998.
In 2006, a 19-year-old man shot and killed two sex offenders that he had found in the state sex offender registry. Maine state police say that Stephen Marshall shot and killed Joseph Gray, 57, and William Elliott, 24, after finding their names in the Maine sex offender registry. Marshall had been in town visiting his father at the time. Stephen Marshall turned the gun on himself after killing the two child molesters. The Main state sex offender registry was taken down after the killings but later restored.