UPDATE: Rita Crundwell documentary to play in Dixon in March

Published: Oct. 29, 2017 at 10:29 PM CDT
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Updated February 20, 2018, 9:05 p.m.

UPDATE: DIXON, Ill. (WIFR) - The documentary centered on former Comptroller Rita Crundwell will return for showings in Dixon.

"All the Queen's Horses" first aired in Dixon last Oct. Nearly 2,000 people watched the documentary that chronicles Crundwell and the theft of $54 million from Dixon.

The director of the film has once again decided to show documentary four times on Mar. 3 at the historic Dixon Theatre.


Posted October 29, 2017, 10:29 p.m.

DIXON, Ill. (WIFR) -- Around 1,800 people came out to Dixon to watch a documentary that tells the story of Rita Crundwell.

"This is not just about Dixon, it's about everywhere. Dixon is just a lens," says Kelly Richmond, who directed the film.

It's called the biggest municipal fraud in U.S. history, and that's just what inspired Forensic Accounting Professor, Kelly Richmond to make a documentary.

"You have the accounting and the auditing. You have the criminology, the psychology," says Richmond.

This 71-minute film tells the story of Rita Crundwell, Former Dixon Comptroller. Police say she managed to embezzle nearly 54 million dollars from the city over 20 years.

Kathe Swanson says was the first the find out what Crundwell was doing. She feels the documentary is necessary to stop these things from happening again.

"It's not every day you encounter a bank statement that has $450,000 deposits," says Swanson. "It's closure. I hope a lot of people find that it's closure; it was for me. It helped people see how she did it, nobody knows why she did it."

People who watched it feel they will be more careful in their own lives from now on.

"You just trust people. I mean, she started there as an intern in high school, and they're like a family. And it's just so sad and shocking," says Julia Jones, who watched the movie.

"It's no need of acting like it didn't happen. Understand how it happened, embrace it, earn from it, and then become stronger," says Richmond.

There will also be a showing of the documentary on Nov. 10th in Chicago.