“Wild animals never kill for sport. Man is the only one to whom the torture and death of his fellow creatures is amusing in itself.” –James A. Froude
Whether those crimes were solved and the perpetrator thrown behind bars or till this day it remains a mystery, here are 6 movies that are based on actual disturbing crimes and murders.
1. All Good Things (2010)
The movie starring Ryan Gosling and Kirsten Dunst chronicles the real-life events of Robert Durst, the American real estate and the heir to millions. Robert was linked to 3 separate murders; one of them was his first wife Kathleen Durst who disappeared in 1982 and till this day, her body has never been found, and no one truly knows what happened to her.
2. An American Crime (2007)
An American Crime tells the disturbing events of what happened to Sylvia Likens in 1965. After being dropped off along with her sister in the household of Gertrude Baniszewski as their parents worked on the road most of the year, she was locked in the basement, beaten and tortured by Gertrude, her 7 children as well as their friends and neighbors. That torture eventually led to her death, no one knows why Gertrude subjected Sylvia to that kind of torture and abuse.
3. The Assault (2014)
The disturbing events, known worldwide as “The Steubenville High School Rape“! Back in 2012, a teenager attending a party was drugged and sexually assaulted, what was even more disturbing that several of the assailants recorded the assault and posted it on social media. Video and photo evidence reveal that the girl was sexually assaulted over the course of several hours and in public with no one even considering helping her. The incident gained so much attention as many tried to protect the rapists who were football players and in the eyes of the town were untouchable.
4. Death Clique (2014)
The Lifetime movie details the gruesome murder of Skylar Neese, the 16 years old American teenager who was lured out of her home by her two best friends back in 2012, and taken to a remote area where they both took charge of murdering Skylar by stabbing her over 50 times! It was months after the murder when Skylar was still thought to be a runway when one of the girls confessed to the crime. Police and Skylar’s mom speculated that the girls murdered Skylar because she was aware of a sexual relationship that was happening between the two girls. Afraid she was going to tell people about the nature of their relationship both girls decided to kill her.
5. Talvar (2015)
Talvar is an Indian Hindi-language, who details the mysterious 2008 Noida double murder case, in which a 13-year-old girl Aarushi Talwar was found murdered in her bed, fingers immediately were pointed towards 45-year-old Hemraj Banjade, the family’s live-in servant, however, the case took an unexpected twist when he as well was found murdered on the roof of the house. Some say it was a crime of honor as Aarushi and the servant were having a sexual relationship and the father discovered them, while others say that 2 other servants tried to sexually assault Aarushi but ended up killing her as well as Hemraj to keep him quiet. But many truly believed that it was the parents that were responsible, however, with no evidence linking them to the double murder no verdict was given to the parents.
6. Who Killed JonBenet (2016)
JonBenet Ramsey was an American child beauty queen who was murdered back in 1996. Early one morning when her mother Patsy Ramsey went to check on her as they were getting ready for a family trip, Patsy discovered the disappearance of her daughter. After searching the house, Patsy found a ransom letter on the stairs and called the police, the family and the police waited for the kidnapper’s call but it never came! It was 8 hours later when JonBenet‘s body was found in the basement of her own house, she had a fractured skull and was strangled. The parents and JonBenet‘s older brother immediately became suspects, as it was alarming how not one of them heard as someone broke into their home, snatched their daughter, carried her to their basement where he/she proceeded to violently murder her. However, no strong evidence could be found and her murder remains a mystery. She was 6 years old.