Crime History: Director not guilty in 'Twilight Zone' deaths

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On this day, May 29, in 1987, director John Landis and four crew members were found not guilty in the deaths of actor Vic Morrow and two child actors killed on the "Twilight Zone" movie set.

Morrow, 53, Renee Chen, 6, and Myca Dinh Lee, 7, died when a helicopter crashed from the sky after its tail was engulfed by a Þreball of a special-effects explosive.

The July 1982 accident was the Þrst in which young children were killed on a Hollywood Þlm set, and Landis was the Þrst Hollywood director to be charged criminally in a fatal incident on the set, prosecutors said.

Landis directed comedy classics like "Animal House," "Blues Brothers," "ÁThree Amigos!" and Michael Jackson's "Thriller" video, which has been called the most inßuential music video of all time.

-- Scott McCabe

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