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San Leandro, CA: The Sausage King 

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Keith David ... Narrator
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5 November 2005 (USA) See more »

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A Chilling Videotape Grinds Up 'The Sausage King'
17 June 2008 | by ccthemovieman-1See all my reviews

This really wasn't much of a story, until they showed actual videotape of people being shot. That was memorable. It must have been especially so if you live out in the San Francisco and saw these tapes on the local TV each night.

Stuart Alexander, a.k.a. "The Sausage King," was a hot-tempered punk but a hard-worker. He inherited his father's successful business, the "Santos Linguisa Factor." Alexander worked 16 hours a day, 6 or 7 days a week to keep it successful. He had a lot of pride about the unique taste of his sausage, considered the best in the area. The secret was in the temperature in which he cooked the meat.

So the boss (and others in the food business) didn't take too kindly when meat inspectors started giving him a hard time, especially about the temperatures he was using. It wasn't enough, and they were worried about a deadly bacteria outbreak. Alexander said his meat had been done that way for 70-some years with no problem, so what's the fuss? Food businesses, it's stated here on this program, learn to put up with these people and cooperate, like it or not. Minor didn't put up with it. He fumed and fumed. He even shut down his business rather than comply with their regulations which would alter the taste of his product. He then re-opened his business and went on ignoring the regulations. His girlfriend say Stuart "had a hard time with authority and didn't like telling him what to do." The big, big problem came when three inspectors were going to come by and close him down. He knew it, too, and was ready with several pistols. He even taped what happened; first, just to prove to people that these inspectors were harassing him and were nasty about it, but then the tape also showed him murdering these people in cold blood. They show some of this on the program, so be warned. It's shocking.

Afterward, as is the case so often, the trial doesn't begin until several years later. Why that is so on a cut-and-dried case - this one even on film! - is a sad comment on our legal system. We pay the bills for all this nonsense as lawyers try ever loophole and insanity clause they can think of, and always painting their murderer-client as some "victim."


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