Blaine Norris was a computer technician by day, but once five o’clock rolled around Norris assumed his moonlight role as a filmmaker. His film, Through Hike: A Ghost Story, may not have turned out to be much more than a low-rent version of The Blair Witch Project to the rest of the world, but to Norris the film was likely to have been his greatest piece of work.
Norris wasn’t the only one who had great expectations of the film. Brian Trimble also saw the film’s potential. The only thing that was setting them back was a budget. Neither of the men made enough to fund the film and though it was an extremely low budget flick, they still needed to raise roughly $100,000 in order to see their vision come to life. That’s when they began hatching their decade-long plan.
Brian Trimble had long depended on his wife Randi, who worked two jobs in order to support her husband and to save for a baby she longed to have. Trimble’s multiple sclerosis had forced him out of work, but the film project had reinvigorated him. He knew that Randi had a $100,000 life insurance policy – plenty to get his and Norris’ film project off the ground.
One night Randi came home after having dinner with friends. Brian, who was hiding within the couple’s home, attacked Randi, strangling her and stabbing her repeatedly until she stopped struggling. Trimble and Norris agreed that he could keep $20,000 of the money, but the rest would be dedicated to the pair’s found footage film.
Norris thought his plan went off without a hitch, but he was horribly mistaken. Trimble was taken into police custody in order to answer some questions about Randi’s death. He admitted to conspiring to kill his wife and how he had planned to use the life insurance money in order to help his friend launch his budget horror flick. Both Norris and Trimble were sentenced to life in prison.
Since the brutal murder of Randi Trimble, her mother has gotten involved in domestic violence activism. She has started two charities – Randi’s Race, designed to raise money for domestic violence survivors and Randi’s Angels, which is a fund to assist children of domestic violence survivors. She tells an ABC affiliate that though she misses her daughter every day, the charity work she does is how she is able to heal and keep going in spite of her tragic loss.