Inaugural Critics’ Choice Documentary Awards Heap Nominations on ’13th,’ ‘O.J. A 1988 video John du Pont made for an awards banquet for the Crozier-Chester Hospital. This is the strangest criminal investigation you've never heard of. du Pont’s lawyer tried to blame the whole thing on Patrick Goodale. In August 1988, a problem-plagued wrestling program he funded at Villanova was shut down after just two years. She is quoted as saying: "There's no way John in his right mind would have killed Dave. She could have sentenced du Pont to 5 to 40 years. [29], The jury verdict of "guilty but mentally ill" meant the sentencing would be referred to the judge, Patricia Jenkins. He screamed, “You got a problem with me?” and opened fire, shooting Schultz dead on the spot. The petition claims that during that period, John du Pont asserted alternately that he was Jesus Christ, the Dalai Lama, and a Russian tsar. [15] After his death, this stamp was sold at auction for $9.5 million (inclusive of buyer's premium) at Sotheby's June 17, 2014. [43], That petition was dismissed, and while appealed, the Superior Court of Pennsylvania has upheld a Delaware County Orphans Court order dismissing a challenge on the will on November 19, 2012. He gave more than money; he gave himself emotionally." "[25] After the shooting, du Pont locked himself in his mansion for two days while he negotiated with police on the telephone. Birds of Burias", "South Sulu Archipelago Birds. "[40] Most of the outbuildings were torn down, though an existing 7,000-square-foot historical barn will be used as a clubhouse in the new development. [19] He called the private group "Team Foxcatcher," after his father's noted racing stable. Du Pont was also a philatelist. [38] The 90-year-old du Pont mansion, Liseter Hall, in which du Pont was raised and had lived for 57 years, was demolished by Glenn Miller Demolition in January 2013. [10], At the age of 45, on September 3, 1983, du Pont married 29-year-old Gale Wenk, an occupational therapist. According to du Pont's will—unsuccessfully challenged by several parties—80 percent of the sale … Check out some of the IMDb editors' favorites movies and shows to round out your Watchlist. He was definitely getting closer and closer to doing something where somebody was going to get hurt.”. “If you didn’t want to be displayed on his wall, he threatened to ruin you.”. du Pont came in and pulled a gun on me and said ‘Don’t you **** with me, I want you off the farm’ in a very aggressive way. He also helped fund a new basketball arena at Villanova University, which opened in 1986. She expressed incredulity about the killing. [44] Former Delaware County Court of Common Pleas President Judge Joseph Cronin dismissed the challenge for lack of standing, finding that because the niece and nephew were not named in two successive wills going back to 2006, they would not be harmed if the September 2010 will were deemed valid. Inside his mansion, du Pont was an incredibly lonely child. Paul Schutzer/The LIFE Picture Collection/Getty Images. [23], On January 26, 1996, du Pont shot and killed Dave Schultz in the driveway of Schultz's home on du Pont's 800-acre (3.2 km2) estate. The 2014 Oscar-nominated film Foxcatcher, chillingly, was not so far off from the true story. [2], Du Pont's friends said the shooting was uncharacteristic. Originally it was called the John Eleuthère du Pont Pavilion, but after his conviction, his name was removed from the facility and simply called The Pavilion. He was an ambassador for the sport, a one of a kind [and] someone a lot of people called ‘friend’,” said Kevin Jackson, world and Olympic champion who trained at Foxcatcher from 1990 to 1995. He also allowed some people, such as Olympic champion wrestlers Mark Schultz and later his older brother Dave Schultz and his wife, to live in houses on the grounds for years. An heir to the Du Pont family fortune,[1] he was a published ornithologist, philatelist, conchologist, sports enthusiast, and self-styled wrestling coach. It was very difficult seeing this replayed but I feel it was the best of the three films on the subject. In June 2011, du Pont's niece Beverly A. du Pont Gauggel and nephew William H. du Pont filed a petition to challenge the will in Media, Pennsylvania, asserting that du Pont was not "of sound mind" when he made his will. You must be a registered user to use the IMDb rating plugin. 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