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The Tragic Tale of Jayne Friedt, Portrayed by Essie Randles in “The Speedway Murders”

In Apples Never Fall, Essie shared the screen with Alison Brie and formed sisterly bond with her.

Essie Randles brings the tragic events surrounding the 1978 Speedway Burger Chef murders in Indiana to life as a portrayal of Jayne in the true-crime documentary The Speedway Murders.”

Essie Randles, AKA Esther Randles, was born to parents Brendan Randles (an architect and urban designer) and Sally Hunt Randles. She also has a younger brother named Jackson Randles.

Born on February 26, 1999, in Sydney, Australia, actress Essie Randles has made notable appearances in various films and theaters.

She began her acting career in theater and performed in various productions such as “Come Again,” Gary Gary Gary Gary,” “Dracula” and more.

Additionally, she completed her Bachelor of Fine Arts (BFA) in Acting from the Victorian College of the Arts (VCA) at the University of Melbourne in 2019.

Essie Randles Role as Assistant Manager, Jayne in “The Speedway Murder

Essie Randles made her film debut in the 2023 crime docu-drama The Speedway Murders.”

In this docu-series, Essie Randles and her fellow actors skillfully convey the fear, uncertainty, and emotional disturbance experienced by the victims.

This documentary follows the unsolved Burger Chef Murders in which four youngsters, including Jayne, were kidnapped and brutally killed.

Essie Randles portrays Jayne, the fast food restaurant assistant manager in this gripping series.

Born on May 5, 1958, Jayne was known for her involvement in various activities and was considered a hard worker.

After dedicating three years to another Burger Chef location, she was transferred to the Speedway.

On November 17, 1978, Jayne Friedt (20) and three other young Burger Chef employees, Ruth Shelton (17), Mark Flemmonds (17), and Daniel Davis (16), disappeared from a restaurant on Crawfordsville Road.

After two days, their bodies were found in a remote area of Johnson County, and the victims were shot and stabbed.

This case, also known as the Burger Chef Murders, remains one of Indiana’s most infamous and puzzling unsolved crimes.

The retired lead investigator, Stoney Vann, has stated that he will take this case to his grave.

Take a look at the trailer:

The mystery surrounding this tragic event remains unsolved, and no one has been convicted of the murders to this day.

Moreover, the story unfolds as the documentary explores divergent theories. Also, the filmmakers receive a second-hand confession from a victim’s close friend.

Despite the ongoing investigation for justice, this documentary clearly portrays the raw truth of the incident.

Additional Information

  • Essie Randles is also known for Apples Never Fall (2024), in which she is portrayed as Brooke Delaney.
  • The documentary “The Speedways Murders” has officially hit theaters and is on-demand platforms on June 21.
  • Essie has over 3.9k followers on Instagram with the username “@essierandles” as of June, 2024.
Sangita Budhathoki
Sangita Budhathoki
Sangita Budhathoki, a cinematic storyteller, weaves her love for film and television into the fabric of her life. Her narratives are a tribute to the boundless realms of science fiction and the rich tapestry of the screen. When the lights dim and the curtains fall, Sangita finds solace in the embrace of nature, her wanderlust leading her to serene landscapes and untamed beauty. Amidst this tranquility, her heart resonates with the rhythm of music, a melody that harmonizes with her adventurous spirit.


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