Are you watching Lifetime’s new movie Abducted: The Mary Stauffer Story? It’s based on the harrowing true story case-file of Mary Stauffer, Beth Stauffer, Jason Wilkman, and the man who abducted them—Ming Sen Shiue.Originally titled The Abduction of Mary Stauffer, the 2019 Lifetime movie airs this Saturday. It is written by Michael Vickerman and directed by Jim Donovan. The cast for Abducted The Mary Stauffer Story stars Alyson Hannigan as Mary Stauffer; Daphne Hoskins as Elizabeth ‘Beth’ Stauffer; and Howie Lai as Ming Sen Shiue.
Abducted: The Mary Stauffer Story on Lifetime Television (Synopsis-Movie Review)
The real story took place on May 16, 1980, in Minnesota when Mary Stauffer and her eight-year-old daughter, Beth Stauffer, were abducted and shoved into a car by a man holding a gun. What Mary didn’t realize at the time was she knew him. The kidnapper, Ming Sen Shiue, held a deadly obsession for his teacher since his student days almost 20 years earlier.
Mary Stauffer and her eight-year-old daughter Beth in chains.Ming Sen Shiue (born October 15, 1950) is an American…
Ming Sen Shiue’s goal was to have his way with Mary and Beth Stauffer and hold them hostage. Jason Wilkman, a six-year-old boy, happened upon the car after Shiue made a stop. He saw Mary Stauffer and Beth Stauffer in the trunk. Realizing what he had stumbled upon, the little boy had no time to run before Ming Sen Shiue snatched him, too..
Sadly, Jason Wilkman was taken to a hidden location in the woods where Ming Sen Shiue murdered him. Meanwhile, Mary and Beth Stauffer were locked inside Shiue’s house, where he did unimaginable things to the helpless victims. Days turned into weeks, and eventually, Ming Sen Shiue returned to work and tried to act normal.
Later, Mary Stauffer was able to break free and make it to the phone, then she called the police and ran outside with her daughter to hide until someone rescued them. As for Jason Wilkman, it took detectives six months to find his decomposed body in the deep forest of Carlos Avery Wildlife Management Area.
The true story was covered in the true-crime documentary Your Worst Nightmare episode “High School Revenge.” The book Stalking Mary by Eileen Bridgeman Biernat and the Casefile Podcast (case 52) also covers the story.
Michael Vickerman is the executive producer and music is by Kevin Blumenfeld. The dramatic horror thriller is produced by Stalking Productions. Watch Abducted: The Mary Stauffer Story (True Story) this Saturday, October 5, at 8/7 p.m. on Lifetime.
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