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2001 Alpena murder focus of Discovery TV show

Submitted by Phil Heimerl on February 13, 2012 – 6:40 amNo Comment
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A television production company will be in Alpena this week, to conduct interviews pertaining to a 2001 murder.

Melissa Bredow-Belanger and Jason Belanger were both 21 at the time and both were convicted in the murder of then 69 year-old James Orban.

M2 Pictures is producing the program for Wicked Attraction, a series on the Investigation Discovery channel.  The show focuses on couples who commit murders.

Raymond Hauserman of M2 Productions said he learned of the Orban murder by searching the internet.  He said the film crew will be in Alpena most of this week.  The one hour show will air sometime in late May or early June.

Bredow was convicted in 2004 of first degree murder and is serving life in prison.  Belanger was convicted of second-degree murder as part of a plea deal to testify against his wife. 

Belanger assaulted Orban in his north side home, stabbed him with a small pocket-knife and left him to die.  He went back the next night and burned Orban’s home to the ground. 

Prosecutors Dennis Grenkowicz and Judi Twarozynski were successful in proving Bredow persuaded Belanger to commit the murder because she believed Orban was leaving her a large sum of money in his will. 

Melissa Bredow-Belanger 2008 photo

 

Jason Belanger 2011 photo

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