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Karen Schmeer, 39, 'Fog of War' Editor, Killed As Thieves Flee Their Manhattan Drugstore Robbery

In Crime, entertainment on January 31, 2010 at 11:08 pm

This is a brutal story of a stupid, ugly, senseless way to die — mowed down by a pair of thugs fleeing their crime scene, reports The New York Post:

Karen Schmeer, 39, of Boston, was crossing Broadway between West 90th and 91st streets Friday night when the getaway car, a rented 2010 Dodge Avenger, pinned her against a double-parked vehicle, sending her groceries flying.

Schmeer, whose editing of “The Fog of War,” about former Secretary of Defense Robert McNamara, helped earn an Oscar for director Errol Morris, was in town working on a film, said her father, Michael.

Garret SavageMEAN STREET: Karen Schmeer (above), editor of Errol Morris' film

Garret Savage
MEAN STREET: Karen Schmeer (above), editor of Errol Morris’ film “The Fog of War” died in a car crash for which David McKie was arrested.

She was staying with a friend on West 89th Street and editing an HBO movie about the late chess great Bobby Fischer.

“I’ve known Karen for a very long time, and she was my finest editor,” Morris told The Post yesterday. “She was immensely talented. It’s a huge loss.”

  1. Oh my gosh. Thanks for flagging this Caitlin. She also edited Morris’s ‘Fast, Cheap, and Out of Control,’ which is one of the best movies I’ve ever seen, and one that definitely was made more powerful on account of the incredible hand in the editing booth. I showed it to a friend who is a filmmaker and at the end of the movie she said, “Can you back up, I want to see who the editor was” as the credits rolled. She was an unsung hero behind some of the most amazing documentaries ever made and I’m so sad to learn about this senseless end.

  2. I was so saddened to read this story. As someone who loves film, I also appreciate great editing.

  3. Horrible, senseless, tragedy.

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