Jon Pownall was born in 1934. He was a photographer, filmmaker, husband, father, and murder victim. Best known for his series of Playboy shoots and his work as a commercial director on campaigns for brands including McDonalds, Chrysler, Shasta, Bell and Howell, and Raleigh cigarettes. He also made PSAs and transitioned into feature film directing with Good-by Fat Larry
, a movie that embodied the free-living spirit of the time. He moved his family to Portland, Maine and was in pre-production on his second feature, The Salem Six
, when he was found dead in his office from bullet wounds and one knife wound.
Joseph Castellucci met Jon Pownall in Portland, Maine and quickly went into business with him as producer of The Salem Six
, despite having no previous producing experience. Castellucci set up Planet 3, the producing company, of which he served as sole proprietor. Castellucci had formerly been a businessman in various endeavors, including real estate and the candle making business. Castellucci served as the star witness for the prosecution in the murder trial of Jon Pownall.
An interior designer, Herbert Schwartz was in conversation with Castellucci about investing in The Salem Six
. Schwartz was one of two defendants in the murder trial of Jon Pownall.
Truman Dongo was a friend of Herbert Schwartz. He spent time around the offices of Planet 3 but had no official title in relation to the film. Truman Dongo was the second defendant in the murder trial of Jon Pownall.