Since her childhood, Brittany Murphy was determined to change the world. The rollercoaster of her life peaked to dizzying heights and fell to devastating lows. Brittany undoubtedly had the “It” factor and wasn’t the kind to take “No” for an answer. She had it all – impeccable comedic timing, a talent for drama, unique beauty, voice of an angel and a fearless commitment to telling the story. The only story she didn’t get to tell was her own.
Brittany Murphy’s unexpected death stunned the world. Her departure was followed by the hauntingly similar demise of her husband, Simon Monjack. In life and death, they were plagued by rumors and vicious innuendos. Hidden in plain sight, one piece of the puzzle was missing – until now.
Everyone following Brittany Murphy’s life and career has heard of the controversy surrounding her marriage to British national, Simon Monjack. It was suggested that the rushed marriage was prompted solely by Monjack’s immigration troubles. No one explained why the Department of Homeland Security had such an interest in deporting a live-in fiancée of a movie star. In reality, an expired visa was only a pretext for attacking a witness in an incredible case – so outlandish that it surpassed fictional exploits of sensational Hollywood characters. The truth is indeed stranger than fiction.
A new documentary feature, “The Terror Within”, shows that things aren’t always what they seem. A traffic stop is not always about an infraction, an attempted deportation is not always about a visa and telling the truth can prove deadly. It did for Brittany Murphy. Many knew that in her last days, this fragile beauty was under a lot of stress. Only a few realized the inordinate extent of the burden placed upon her shoulders – the terror of being stalked, the humiliation of being called paranoid, the paralyzing dread of what might happen next. Before the darkness of death descended upon Brittany and Simon, the light was systematically extinguished from their lives.
Their hesitation to discuss the topic of Simon’s immigration status was directly related to the sickening reality of being unfairly targeted by the Department of Homeland Security. Half of all illegal immigrants in the U.S. are visa overstays. Several of the 9/11 hijackers were here on expired visas. The Department of Homeland Security and its agency, Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE), proclaim that the priority of the DHS/ICE is apprehending criminal aliens, while millions of visa overstays mainlyremain off-radar. ICE dedicates roughly 3% of its investigative workforce hours to investigating visa overstays.
What made Simon Monjack a priority for the DHS/ICE was not his immigration status. To the contrary, Simon’s arrest for his expired visa was merely a pretext for attacking Brittany. “The Terror Within” finally shows that the couple was intentionally targeted and ruthlessly pursued for refuting false representations by the DHS/ICE against a national security whistleblower. Brittany was dragged into the case of Julia Davis by a third party who immediately resigned from the DHS as soon as she was asked to be interviewed for the documentary. Brittany made a brave choice to tell the truth and paid a heavy price for doing the right thing.
Simon Monjack wasn’t rich or famous. He didn’t look anything like Ashton Kutcher. When he complained of being targeted by the DHS/ICE and getting severely abused in their custody, no one seemed to care. When Brittany and Simon said their phones were wiretapped and they were subjected to surveillance by helicopters, their fears were dismissed as vain eccentricities of a troubled movie star and her much-maligned soulmate. “The Terror Within” finally sheds the light upon an incredible true story that has been suppressed from being covered by the media – until now. The VIP screening of the documentary will take place on June 28th, 2011. The truth is no longer a secret.
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