A Season In Purgatory,‘ based on Dominick Dunne’s book by the same title, was inspired by the true story of Martha Moxley and Michael Skakel. It premiered on television as a CBS mini-series in 1996. A Season in Purgatory stars Patrick Dempsey, Brian Dennehy, Sherilyn Fenn and Craig Sheffer. In a recent turn of events, Michael Skakel’s conviction was overturned, according to The Crime Report.
Plot: When a pretty, blond teen disappears from her home after spending time with two male friends in 1975 and is later found only yards from her Greenwich home, police believe a golf club might be the key to solving the crime.
Movies Based on True Stories: A Season In Purgatory
Directed by David Greene and written by Robert W. Lenski, ” A Season In Purgatory” is a dramatic account that follows the case of Harrison Burns, an attractive man who knows a horrifying secret: A young teen was murdered one night long ago, and the person responsible is a family friend from a prominent, political family. The movie weaves through a complicated cover-up that deeply disturbs Harrison Burns. Will he keep the family secret or will he break?
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At the time the novel was written, and at the time the movie premiered in 1996, few people knew it was based on the Michael Skakel-Martha Moxley case.
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Unsolved for decades, Michael Skakel was eventually arrested and convicted of the murder. A judge overturned the conviction in May of 2018. There is another movie based on this same case entitled “Murder In Greenwich.”
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