‘A Killer Among Us’: True Story Movie On Lifetime Based On What?


A Killer Among Us is a true story Lifetime movie that is airing today. It isn’t new. But people still wonder what murder case inspired it. Here are some notes from years ago that I gathered on A Killer Among Us. 

A Killer Among Us Lifetime Movie Synopsis

A teenage girl goes undercover to find evidence for a cop after her mother is killed in broad daylight.

True Story: A Killer Among Us is a 2012 Lifetime movie that is “inspired by a true story.”I have just a little information for you. It appears that the real story happened in California, and the daughter told this story to writer Katherine Fugate at a party in the late 1990s. Katherine could not forget the story, and she bought the rights to it in 2001 or maybe 2002.

The real woman was happy that Lifetime decided to tell her story. Her real father died in the late ’90s, which is why she was so sad at the party when she was telling the producer her true story.

As for the detective in the case, he was very angry that this could happen to such a devoted mother in broad daylight. The killing happened outside of the victim’s pet store. Even more disturbing was the fact that her case was treated as an “ordinary murder.”

Some people believe that this movie is based on the Elizabeth Decaro case because there is a book with the same name. Perhaps, it was inspired by that story. But, I highly doubt it.

Key Points

The Elizabeth Decaro story didn’t happen until 1992. The real woman told Fugate her story in the late 1990s. I’m guessing around 1997 since Fugate stated in the 2012 interview that she met the woman “15 years ago.”

Katherine Fugate was specific about her conversation with the real woman. Fugate states in that same interview that the real woman was shot and killed outside of her “pet store.” The Decaro woman was killed in her home and found on the kitchen floor.

The real daughter was 17-years-old when it all happened. In the Decaro case, she was only 14. If she told the producer her story at the party in 1997, it is possible she was 17 in 1992. However, the producer made it seem like she had spoken to an adult woman about her teenage years, so it doesn’t seem likely that this is the Decaro case. I will continue to see what I can find so that we can confirm the basis.

You can read what Katherine Fugate says in an interview here.


Traciy Curry-Reyes

Traciy Curry-Reyes is the founder and editor-in-chief of TV Crime Sky. She began her career as a true crime & entertainment freelance writer in the 1990's for her website, The Movies Based on True Stories Database/Archives. She has contributed content to other websites, such as Examiner.com and Inquisitr.com. Traciy also appears as a true-crime expert and commentator on TV One's Fatal Attraction, For My Man, and Justice by Any Means; Investigation Discovery's Murder Calls and Scorned; Oxygen's Snapped; FOX's Crime Watch Daily; and Lifetime Television's Killer Kids.