On the opposite end of the family-owned business spectrum, consider the story of the Ninja Murders also known as the Yom Kippur Murders.
A plastics company was at the heart of the case the victims were Gerald and Vera Woodman, former owners of Manchester Products in Chatsworth, Calif.
The husband and wife were gunned down Sept. 25, 1985, while parking their Mercedes after a dinner marking the end of Yom Kippur. The case also was known in the media as the Ninja Murders because a witness thought one of the attackers, who was wearing a black-hooded sweatshirt, was wearing a ninja outfit.
Two of the Woodman's sons were arrested and eventually convicted of hiring hit men who carried out the crimes. Stewart Woodman was convicted of first-degree murder, and spared a death sentence in exchange for testifying against Neil Woodman, who was convicted in 1996 and sentenced to 25 years to life.
Prosecutors said the brothers expected to collect $506,000 from their mother's insurance policy money they needed to prop up Manchester Products, which they had taken over from their father.
The Woodman case was the subject of a 1993 made-for-TV movie, Bloodlines: Murder in the Family. Now a documentary is planned for the Investigation Discovery channel.
The producer is looking to shoot a few seconds of a 1980s-vintage HPM extruder the kind Manchester Products used to make polycarbonate ceiling panels that's still in production. If you can help him out, send me an e-mail or post a comment in the blog.
And, if you work for a family-owned company, be thankful if your company is more like Hoffer Plastics.