'Final Cut': Former Child Star Mark Everett (Manuel Benitez) Killed His Girlfriend, Fled With Their Young Son
Manuel Benitez went by the stage name Mark Everett when he was a successful child actor. He starred in several TV shows, commercials and movies, including "Stand and Deliver." "Final Cut" told the story of his dark journey after stardom.
In the 1990s, Benitez had a 3-year-old son with his girlfriend. When she told him she wanted to break up with him, he allegedly beat her to death in front of their child, and then went on the run with the boy.
He stayed on the run for four years,
and even made the FBI's wanted list.
Inevitably, the authorities caught up with him.
"As soon as he opened the door, thatís when they felt they had no choice but to fire," an investigator said. Benitez had taken his son hostage during that final confrontation. His son was shot in the leg, but survived. Benitez died from multiple gunshots.