In a crime called more horrible than any he ever filmed, a director of grisly B-movies was killed and entombed in concrete beneath his whirlpool tub.
An independent contractor who had been living in Al Adamson's house while remodeling it was arrested Monday for investigation of murder.Adamson made his reputation with horror and science-fiction movies in the 1960s and '70s, namely "Dracula vs. Frankenstein" and "Blood of Ghastly Horror." His many drive-in credits also included "Satan's Sadists" and "Horror of the Blood Monsters."
He had not been seen in five weeks before his body was found Wednesday at his house in Indio, 150 miles southeast of Los Angeles.
Anonymous telephone tips led police to Fred Fulford in a St. Petersburg, Fla., hotel room, said Lt. Bruce Bower of the Indio Police Department. Fulford, 46, traveled to Florida about a week before Adamson was reported missing, Bower said, adding that it could take several days to seek extradition.
Police had not established a motive for the slaying or a cause of death. An autopsy was scheduled for Wednesday.
It was unclear when Adamson died. He would have turned 66 on July 25, producing partner Samuel Sherman said.
His murder was "more horrible than any movie we ever made," Sherman said from the New Jersey headquarters of Independent International Pictures, their production and distribution company.
Adamson's brother contacted police last week. After examining the construction work at his house, police dug up the flooring and unearthed the body.
His brother suspected something was amiss because Adamson loved the tub and it was found filled with concrete and tiled over, Sherman said.
At the time of his death, Sherman and Adamson, the son of a filmmaker, were working on the film "Beyond This Earth," a documentary about extraterrestrials.