I am watching so much true crime! But, like, small true crime. Little hour long shows that just summarize mildly interesting local news stories, not big injustices or tragedies or stuff. And most of them have some crazy personal story at the center which is AWESOME.
Woman Secretly Collects Evidence Against Her Rapist Husband, Ends Up Married to Cop
This is a true story, and she really did end up married to a cop, but it isn’t necessarily the cop who investigated her husband. Obviously in my movie version, it will be.
Innocent young woman falls in love and marries a Navy officer, everything is happy. But then he starts acting angry and distant. She gets pregnant and decides to stick it out and try to be a perfect wife. But after the baby is born, she finds his rape kit, rope and a fake gun and a ski mask, and realizes it matches the local news stories. She calls the police who secretly come to her house and start working with her but tell her that isn’t enough evidence yet to arrest him. For months, she keeps living with her husband and secretly working with the police and gathering evidence. He is finally arrested at work and calls her to come post bond (thinking she is his sweet faithful loyal wife), which is when she confronts him in jail and reveals she has known all along!!! Ha-HA!!!! Oh, and somewhere along the line, obviously she and the police officer she is working with fall in love.
Wife: Sara Ali Khan
Police Officer: Sid M.
Evil Husband: Varun Dhawan
Three Sons Turn in Their Father for Bank Robbery
Once again, TRUE STORY!!! And a local story, this all happened around the farming areas of IL.
Idyllic childhood, righteous loving present father, three well-raised sons. In adulthood, the oldest becomes a music teacher at the local high school, the next oldest is an engineer, and the youngest is a cop. But their loving respectable father is now out of work. He leans on them to loan him money, it causes issues in their three happy marriages, they can’t figure out what is happening with their Dad. And then one day, they see a photo in a local news article about a bank robber and realize THE ROBBER IS THEIR FATHER!!!! All three boys meet together and decide to confront him, the cop bringing his gun with him. They can’t find him at home and end up informing the local police, who track him down to a house out of town and arrest him. Which is also when his sons learn he has been having an affair and using the money he stole for drugs and women. !?!?!?!!!
Oldest Music Teacher: SRK
Middle Engineer: Hrithik
Youngest Cop: Sid M.
Corrupt Secretly Evil Robber Father: Jackie Shroff
Saintly Betrayed Mother: Neena Gupta
Evil Seductress Woman: Also Neena Gupta, Double-Role!!!
Serial Bigamist Caught By Grown-Up Child of His First Victim
Again, True Story!!! A young single mother meets a charming man and is swept off her feet. They marry and she moves into his house, which is when she discovers he has no visible means of support and might be mobbed up. She stays with him for a few years, but finally leaves him. The scars linger and she never fully trusts her judgement after that. Her daughter grows up, still angry at what this man did to her mother. So she goes on a campaign to track him down, learns he is a conman who has married and duped multiple women, and is now working on a new target, another single mother. She contacts the police and the new target and eventually manages to convince the new woman not to marry him, and also get him arrested. I’m thinking, in the Indian film version, the daughter should become a son, and he and the new target should fall in love.
Young/Old Single Mother: Juhi, she can totally play both 30 and 50 in the same movie
Young/Old Conman: Anil Kapoor, also can play both 30 and 50 in the same movie
Vengeful Son: Arjun Kapoor
New target Single Mom: Illeana D’Cruz