Karl Atticus is an obscure figure in the annals of American film. Raised by a historian with connections to the underworld and a distant mother, Atticus took up the film at an early age. In later years he was shunned by his contemporaries due to frequent run-ins with the law, typically as a result of filming in unusual locations such as cemeteries, funeral homes or morgues without obtaining the proper permits to do so. He did manage to complete two feature films, one of which was released in 1969.
Suspected of tampering with graves and/or human remains, Atticus went missing for a period of time between 1972 and 1974, during which he was under investigation by local authorities and ultimately the FBI. A body found in a wooded area in Howard County, Maryland in the fall of 1974 was tentatively identified as his, though the case remained sealed for many years.
Atticus and his works are mostly forgotten today, and he is generally regarded as little more than a bizarre footnote in the history of American independent film.