Thursday, March 19, 2015

'List of Movies Based on True Stories', Film 'Based on a True Story' or Inspired by Actual Events Like those on and Lifetime Movie Network

Here is a list of movies based on true stories, movies inspired by actual events, movies based on a true story, movies inspired by a true story,  and movies "loosely based" on real-life or true events.

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Aaliyah: Princess of R&B

Alpha Dog

All American Girl The Mary Kay Letourneau Story

All Good Things

Almost Golden: The Jessica Savitch Story

Ann Rule's Everything She Ever Wanted

Ann Rule's Too Late to Say Goodbye

A Friend Of The Family

A Kidnapping In The Family 

A Killer Among Us

A Killing in a Small Town

Abducted The Carlina White Story

 A Memory in My Heart

A Mother's Right 

A Mother's Nightmare

A Woman Scorned the Betty Broderick Story

An Inconvenient Woman 

An Officer and a Murderer 

And Never Let Her Go


Baby Shower

Baby Sellers 

Baby Snatcher 

Bad To The Bone 

Beauty's Revenge

Beautiful and Twisted 

Best Friends

Betrayal Of Trust 

Betrayed at 17 

Between Love And Hate

Bitter Blood 

Black Widower

Blind Trust

Bling Ring 


Broken Silence 

Bond Of Silence


Camp (2013) 

Captive (1991)



Child Of Rage

Crazy Sexy Cool: The TLC Story 

Cries Unheard The Donna Yaklich Story




Dangerous Child

Dallas Buyers Club

Dawn Anna 

Deadly Matrimony

Deadly Spa aka Deadly Spa Weekend 

Deadly Vows

Deadly Whispers 

Death Clique

Deceived By Trust: A Moment Of Truth

Deep Family Secrets

Desperate For Love

Dirty Little Secret: The Jodi Arias Story 

Drew Peterson Untouchable 

Dying to belong 

Eight Days To Live

Escape From Polygamy

Empty Cradle 

End Of Watch

Every Mother's Worst Fear 

Fab Five: The Texas Cheerleading Scandal 

Facebook Detectives 

Fast and Furious aka (The Fast and The Furious)

Fatal Trust 

Fighting For My Daughter

For One Night 



Girl Soldier 

Good Night Sweet Wife: A Murder In Boston

Gospel of Deceit  

Hav Plenty

Hit and Run 1999 Lifetime movie 

Hit and Run 2009

Heaven Is For Real 

Held Hostage 

Her Desperate Choice

Her Final Fury

Honor Thy Father and Mother True Story of the Menendez Murder

House Of Versace

Hunt for the I-5 Killer

In God's Country 

I Me Wed 

In The Line Of Duty: Blaze Of Glory


Judgment Day The John List Story

Left To Die 

Lies Of The Heart: Story of Laurie Kellogg 

Lies He Told

Lies My Mother Told Me

Little Girl Lost the Delimar Vera Story

Lizzie Borden Took An Axe

Love Honor and Obey 

Love Thy Neighbor

Midwest Obsession

Mini's First Time 

Mistaken Identity

Mr. Hockey: The Gordie Howe Story

Murder Of Innocence 

Murder in a College Town

Murder in the Hamptons  

Murder In The First

Murder at My Door

Murder in Greenwich 

Murder or Memory  

Murder Ordained

My Husband's Double Life :see The Familiar Stranger 

My Neighbor's Keeper

My Son Is Innocent

My Son Johnny 

No One Could Protect Her 

Normal Life

One Angry Juror 

Our Guys: Outrage in Glenridge

Outrage In Glen Ridge

Open Water 

Paid in Full 

Pain and Gain 


Prayers For Bobby 

Preacher's Daughter 

Pregnancy Pact 

The Price Of A Broken Heart

Prison Of Secrets

Promised A Miracle

Prosecuting Casey Anthony 

Rabbit Proof Fence 

Race Against Fear A Moment of Truth: see Broken Silence

Rasputin and the Empress 

Restless Virg/


Romeo Killer The Chris Porco Story  


Shattered Hearts: A Moment Of Truth
She Made Them Do It
Scared Silent 
Secrets of Eden
Seduced By Madness: The Diane Borchardt Story

Shadow of Fear 
Shattered Glass 
Shattered Promises
She Fought Alone (Tiffani Thiessen Lifetime Movie)
Sin and Redemption 
Sins Of The Preacher 
Sleeping With The Devil
Small Sacrifices
Snap Decision/Snap Judgment 
Someone Elses Child
Someone She Knows   
Soul Surfer

Starting Over

Steel Magnolias
Still Mine  

Stolen Miracle 

Suburban Madness 
Taken Back Finding Haley
Taking Back Our Town 

Tears and Laughter: The Joan and Melissa Rivers Story

The A.R.K Report
The Babysitter's Seduction
The Brooke Ellison Story 
The Butler 

The Conjuring
The Coverup aka The Cover-Up
The Disappearance of Vonnie 
The Fantasia Barrino Story

The Elizabeth Smart Story
The Exorcism of Emily Rose
The Familiar Stranger   
The Frozen Ground 

The Girl

The Help 

The Impossible 
The Legend Of Lucy Keyes 
The Man Next Door
The Morrison Murders
"The Obsession" 2006 
The Pastor's Wife 

The Perfect Husband: The "Laci Peterson" story 
The Perfect Roommate  
The Perfect Storm
"The Preacher's Mistress"

The Pregnancy Project
The Stepfather
The Stranger I Married
The Two Mr. Kissels 
The 33 of San Jose 

To Be Fat Like Me
To Love, Honor and Betray

Two Babies: Switched At Birth (1999) 

The Wrong Woman 

The Wrong Man (based on the same case as above)

Unanswered Prayers 
Ultimate Deception and Ultimate Betrayal 

What Color is Love
What Happened to Bobby Earl: see Murder in a College Town
What Makes a Family 

Why Do Fools Fall In Love 
We Have Your Husband  
Woman with a Past 

Saturday, January 31, 2015

Beautiful and Twisted: True Story Of Narcy Novak

"Beautiful And Twisted" is a new Lifetime movie based on the true story of Narcy Novack, Ben Novack and the Fontainebleau Hotel Heir Murder. The movie will debut on Lifetime for the first time on Saturday, January 31, and is produced by Silver Screen Pictures and Sony Pictures Television. "Beautiful And Twisted" stars Rob Lowe and Paz Vega.

Synopsis: A beautiful woman will have her husband killed, and her brother will help her do the deadly deed.

Narcy Novak and her husband, Ben Novak, Jr., in happier times.

The true story made national news in 2010, when it was discovered that Narcy Novak had orchestrated the murder of her husband, Ben Novak Jr., the year prior. Narcy also had a hand in the death of her mother-in-law, Ben's mother.

In 2010, Narcy Novak and her brother, Cristobal Veliz, were arrested and charged with his murder and sentenced to life in prison.

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Thursday, January 15, 2015

Between Love And Hate: Harriet Robinson, John Peyton Alexander

 Harriet Robinson--John Peyton Alexander Fatal Attraction case: So most of you will remember the research that I did on the case involving Harriet Robinson and John Peyton Alexander. I was reminded of the movie, "Between Love And Hate" after seeing the upcoming previews for Jennifer Lopez' movie. I thought the trailer sounded a lot like this case. I definitely think the photos all over the classroom scene in Jennifer Lopez' movie could be inspired by this case.

Those of you who are old ABC and Lifetime movie fans will remember the movie and the case that inspired it. "Between Love And Hate" debuted on Monday, February 22, 1993 on ABC. It was later shown on the Lifetime Movie Network.

 The names, the accents, and the location were all changed during the movie. I spent 10 years researching the basis. I could never pin down the actual crime. Luckily, someone emailed me and told me that it was based on this case. Once I read the facts in the true case, I was ecstatic and quickly shared it with viewers.

I was told by someone very close to the case, that it was based on the Harriet Robinson--John Peyton Alexander scandal. And the scandal happened in 1975 in Jackson, Mississippi.

Here is the story as I know it. John Peyton Alexander was just 19 years old when he met Harriet Robinson. John Alexander was a swimming and diving coach and life guard at the country club in their town. Harriet's daughter took swimming lessons there, as I recall.

John Peyton Alexander aka John Apple

I am not certain who started the relationship, but at some point they began having what prosecutors termed an 'intimate affair.' Harriet Robinson taught at one of the local schools in town, and her husband was a prominent businessman---I am not certain, but I believe he was an attorney.

Anyway,--- oh, now I remember. It was Harriet Robinson who actually seduced John. She lavished him with gifts, she even took him on a trip to Florida.

She also was seen around town driving in her luxury car with John Alexander Peyton. The generally belief at the time was that he was just a close friend to the family.

This is the real woman, Harriet Robinson. Her role was played by Susan Lucci in the movie "Between Love And Hate." She was quite the southern belle. She was also a sophisticated former beauty queen. Also, this is an older photo of Harriet. This picture was taken about 17 years prior.

But, there were a few people who knew that they were having an affair. John became completely and utterly obsessed with the woman. He told any and everyone about her.

There were lots of ladies who were interested in dating him, but he would end up talking to them about Harriet.

Finally, Harriet Robinson's husband found out about it. I am told that her husband was not a nice man, and that she was going through some things with him.

 The former beauty queen had become disillusioned with her socialite life and found comfort in John Peyton Alexander. She loved John's intense passion.

 What she didn't know was that he was schizophrenic and/or bipolar. She also had no idea that he was dangerous, and that the affair would prove to be fatal.

Once her husband, John W. Robinson Jr,  found out about the extramarital affair, he made her break it off with John Peyton Alexander. When she did, John began calling her at home, following her around town, and coming to their home---demanding to see Harriet.

Harriet Robinson was frightened and in disbelief. Her husband told John that he would kill him if he didn't leave his wife alone. (According to John Peyton Alexander)

John W. Robinson Jr., allegedly also told Harriet that she would lose everything, the house, the cars, and the kids, if she did not end things with John Peyton Alexander.

And Harriet new that her husband was not playing games with her. He had a lot of power in the town, and he used that power to destroy John Peyton Alexander. First he had Alexander fired from the country club, and then blocked him from finding work at the other country clubs. John Alexander eventually found work at the local YMCA there in Jackson, Mississippi.
Then, according to John Peyton Alexander, Harriet and her husband began telling people that he was incompetent and crazy. This enraged him even more.

Now, this part I am uncertain about. 

In the movie, he is so distraught and obsessed with the older woman, that one of his friends finally tells him that he was not the only one who had an affair with Harriet, stating that he had also been involved with her the previous year. When his friend tells him, "She does this every year," he snaps. (As I said, I am not sure if this part was true. But, I believe it is. The movie seems to follow the trial transcripts. But, I can't be certain if she had affairs with others.

Long story short, John Peyton Alexander became so angry, that he went to the tennis court in Jackson, where Harriet was playing with a friend, and shot her to death. She was just 38 years old. She left behind her husband and three children.

John Peyton Alexander was arrested but because of his mental problems, he served time in a mental hospital, until he eventually opted to do his time in prison. He was granted parole but a violation of parole meant that he had to be sent back to prison, where he remains today.

I have another small site that used to be dedicated to the case but the information there is limited. But check it out if you want. It is called "Between Love and Hate: Movie."

"Between Love And Hate" 1993 movie

The movie was made almost 20 years after the Harriet's murder. And before, I was never able to see photos of the real Harriet. Now, I have several. Here is one photo. I will put the rest on the other site, so be sure and check it out.

****After seeing the movie, do you believe that Jennifer Lopez's movie "The B**y Next Door" was inspired by this case? Let me know in the comments.