Many journalists and writers have been inspired by The Schmidt’s story, including John Douglas and Mark Olshaker, who featured the family’s compelling journey in their book, Obsession. Additionally, several high school and college students have also created worthwhile, professional videos documenting their research, with the hopes of raising awareness and saving lives. Please visit the links below to learn more.
June 9, 2005 – The Schmidts made a series of videos to help others who were grieving. This clip addresses the difference between homicidal death and other deaths.
The Schmidt family’s painful journey also brought many helpful and inspiring people into their lives. Several months after Stephanie’s story appeared on America’s Most Wanted, the family spent the day with John Walsh, connecting on grief and the justice system. They appeared on the Maury Povich Show to discuss Victims’ Rights Advocacy (1994). Mary Lou Henner interviewed Gene and Peggy about their mission work. The Schmidts were featured on 60 Minutes with Ed Bradley to discuss the laws they had successfully changed. The family was honored to work with former FBI profiler, John Douglas, and documentary filmmaker, novelist, and co-author, Mark Olshaker on the book, Obsession (currently available through Amazon.) Visit Mindhunters to learn more about the impressive work of Douglas and Olshaker.