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Cries Unheard: The Donna Yaklich Story (1994)

Hooked on steroids and unable to control his bursts of sudden rage, a police officer keeps his wife under his thumb and routinely abuses her behind the closed doors of their house.

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Donna Yaklich
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Denny Yaklich - age 18
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Susie
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Denny Yaklich - age 5
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Charlie Greenwell
David Gianopoulos ...
Jerry
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Rosanna Huffman
David Cromwell
Tom Nibley
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Donna Yaklich meets Dennis the policeman and thinks she might have found a good relationship. But Dennis is obsessed with weight-lifting and uses steroids, which make him aggressive and abusive. Getting out of the relationship isn't easy as Dennis isn't willing to let her go, and Donna's options are narrowed down to one remaining alternative. Written by Lars Skogan

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1 February 1994 (USA)  »

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Victim of Rage  »

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Although her sentence was 40 years, she was paroled after 18 years and is now living free and relocated in another state. In fact all perpetrators have served their sentences and have been released. See more »

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Dennis Yaklich: [after being forced home from escaping] Do you know how bad I want to kill you?
Donna Yaklich: Yes, I do.
Dennis Yaklich: If you ever try and take my son away from me again, I'm gonna cut your sister Susie's throat and make you watch.
[Donna cries]
Dennis Yaklich: [goes closer to her] And you know what I'm gonna do to you, huh?
Donna Yaklich: No, what are you gonna do?
Dennis Yaklich: [whispers] I'm gonna slice you up and bury the pieces of you all over the Rockies. And guess what?
Donna Yaklich: [cries harder] What?
Dennis Yaklich: I'll get away with it.
Donna Yaklich: It wouldn't be the first time, would it?
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Granted, this movie may not reflect 100% fact
25 June 2006 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

but the truth is, no woman should EVER endure this torture from her husband.

While Yaklich's reputation has been marred as having planned this out (to collect insurance money) this does not mean she deserved to be beaten and emotionally abused by her husband. Yes, he was a vice cop; that does not give him carte blanche to treat everyone as subordinate, which he apparently did.

There is a brief appearance by Hillary Swank, as Donna's stepdaughter. Brad Johnson and Jaclyn Smith fit the roles accordingly, and if even half of this film is accurate, Donna's husband was a monster.

This film is educational, and helpful for women's issues. Whether or not the victim received money, in the end, is a moot point. Donna deserved a stable marriage, and instead endured years of abuse. This is NEVER acceptable. 8/10


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