True crime story of a Wisconsin teacher's aide who hired teenaged students to murder her estranged husband.
Reviews

Episodes

Seasons


Years



1  
1996  
Learn more

People who liked this also liked... 

The '70s (TV Movie 2000)
Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6/10 X  

Four friends graduate in the year 1970, the start of a new decade.

Director: Peter Werner
Stars: Brad Rowe, Guy Torry, Vinessa Shaw
Dead Awake (2010)
Fantasy | Mystery | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 4.5/10 X  

A funeral parlor employee looks to unravel a 10-year-old mystery.

Director: Omar Naim
Stars: Nick Stahl, Rose McGowan, Amy Smart
A Friend to Die For (TV Movie 1994)
Crime | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.2/10 X  

Angela Delvecchio for some reason transfers from a Catholic school to a public school in the same town. She proceeds to try to make friends with the most popular girl in school which leads ... See full summary »

Director: William A. Graham
Stars: Kellie Martin, Tori Spelling, James Avery
Drama | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.5/10 X  

A middle-aged steelworker is content with his job and his family, but feels that something is missing in his life. On his 50th birthday, he stops in at a local bar for a drink to celebrate.... See full summary »

Director: Bud Yorkin
Stars: Gene Hackman, Ann-Margret, Ellen Burstyn
A New Life (1988)
Comedy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.7/10 X  

After a middle-aged couple divorces, they must each enter the frightening but funny world of blind dates and new relationships.

Director: Alan Alda
Stars: Alan Alda, Ann-Margret, Hal Linden
Drama | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.5/10 X  

2002: Jake Mitchell is the defending World West Coast Swing Champion. He's got everything going for him: looks, personality, and style. He's at the top of his game when he and his partner ... See full summary »

Director: Robert Iscove
Stars: Amy Smart, Tom Malloy, Billy Zane
Biography | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.8/10 X  

Neal Cassady is living the beat life during the 1940s, working at The Tire Yard and and philandering around town. However, he has visions of a happy life with kids and a white picket fence.... See full summary »

Director: Stephen Kay
Stars: Thomas Jane, Keanu Reeves, Adrien Brody
Strangeland (1998)
Horror | Thriller
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 4.9/10 X  

A schizophrenic sadist by the name of Captain Howdy lures teens through the internet into his painful traps. A detective starts pursuing him after he captures his daughter. Eventually they ... See full summary »

Director: John Pieplow
Stars: Kevin Gage, Elizabeth Peña, Dee Snider
Biography | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.2/10 X  

The true story of a decorated officer's legal challenge to her involuntary discharge when she admitted she was homosexual.

Director: Jeff Bleckner
Stars: Glenn Close, Judy Davis, Jan Rubes
Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.5/10 X  

Teresa Walden-Stamper is happily married to her husband Paul Stamper and together they have one daughter Katie Stamper. The marriage seems happy until Paul starts abusing Teresa and becomes... See full summary »

Director: Michael Scott
Stars: Adam Storke, Maria Pitillo, Brad Dourif
Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.6/10 X  

Told mostly in flashbacks, the film tells the story of Pamela Digby Churchill Hayward Harriman, one of the greatest and probably most famous courtesans of the twentieth century. While not ... See full summary »

Director: Waris Hussein
Stars: Ann-Margret, Mitchell Ryan, Natalie Radford
On the Edge of Innocence (TV Movie 1997)
Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.5/10 X  

Teenage Zoe Tyler suffers from manic-depression. With a musician father who is never around life seems hard. Zoe eventually lands up in a psychiatric ward for treatment. There she meets ... See full summary »

Director: Peter Werner
Stars: Kellie Martin, James Marsden, Karen Young
Edit

Cast

Series cast summary:
...
 Diane Kay Borchardt (2 episodes, 1996)
...
 Ruben Borchardt (2 episodes, 1996)
...
 Claire Brown (2 episodes, 1996)
...
 Doug Vest (2 episodes, 1996)
...
 Brook Borchardt (2 episodes, 1996)
...
 Chuck Borchardt (2 episodes, 1996)
...
 Michael Maldonado (2 episodes, 1996)
...
 Det. Burstyn (2 episodes, 1996)
...
 Detective Pike (2 episodes, 1996)
...
 Josh Yanke (2 episodes, 1996)
(2 episodes, 1996)
(2 episodes, 1996)
...
 Shannon Johnson (2 episodes, 1996)
...
 Regan Borchardt (2 episodes, 1996)
...
 Tim (2 episodes, 1996)
...
 Cory (2 episodes, 1996)
Aeryk Egan ...
 Elgin (2 episodes, 1996)
Andrew Kavovit ...
 Jeb (2 episodes, 1996)
...
 Jay (2 episodes, 1996)
...
 Joan (2 episodes, 1996)
George Wallace ...
 Tom (2 episodes, 1996)
Thomas Charles Simmons ...
 Cal Orin (2 episodes, 1996)
Cordelia Richards ...
 Sally (2 episodes, 1996)
Susan Barnes ...
 Barb (2 episodes, 1996)
...
 Steve (2 episodes, 1996)
...
 Principal (2 episodes, 1996)
Edit

Storyline

Based roughly on real-life events, this tv-movie recounts the story of a Wisconsin teacher's aide convicted of hiring teen students first to spy on her cheating husband and later to kill him. The film begins with the murder then traces in flashback the events leading up to it, followed by the subsequent police investigation leading to arrests and eventual criminal convictions of both Borchardt and the teens. Written by Kay-22

Plot Summary | Add Synopsis

Genres:

Thriller | Drama | Crime

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for a scene of violence | See all certifications »
Edit

Details

Country:

Language:

Release Date:

25 February 1996 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Seduced by Madness  »

Company Credits

Show detailed on  »

Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Color:

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
See  »
Edit

Did You Know?

Connections

Edited into Ann-Margret: Från Valsjöbyn till Hollywood (2014) See more »

Frequently Asked Questions

This FAQ is empty. Add the first question.

User Reviews

 
Pretty good TV movie, based on real events.
19 August 2001 | by (Arcata, CA) – See all my reviews

Granted Jefferson isn't the Los Angeles-type city it is shown as in the movie - 'tis merely an average small town in Wisconsin, and the Borchardt house looks nothing like it does in real-life, the movie is still a pretty good dramatic representation of what really happened, although many things have been changed. The reason I had trouble with this real-life drama, is that I lived in Fort Atkinson at the time of this murder mystery (which is Jefferson's neighboring city). Jefferson is not covered in gang symbols or palm trees, etc. etc. But the acting was well-done (Alanna Ubach gives a knockout performance as Shannon). Having seen Peter Coyote for the first time in this movie he will always remain Ruben Borchardt in my mind (of course, he was also in E.T., but I had only seen that movie when I was a youngster). Diane Borchardt was a lucky woman - while she is very unattractive bitch, Ann-Margret portrays her in this movie.

Basically the movie goes like this: Ruben Borchardt is (somewhat reluctantly) murdered by three teens, Josh, Doug and Michael, by orders of his wife (their teacher) Diane Borchardt. The rest of the movie is one big flashback that explains how Diane manipulated her students into thinking Ruben abused her (when in truth it was vice versa). One by one, Doug and his friends get pulled into the mix. Ruben's motherless children from his first marriage are forced to see their father go into a depression, while their step-sister is treated as a queen. One obvious change from the real-life events, is the relationship between Ruben and his blooming love for Ruth. But whatever. The story stays pretty true to life, and events used the real sign for "Mrs. B's shop"...(It's so weird, because I remember driving past her shop all the time!)

Knowing my cousin associated with the three teenagers, and his wife had Mrs. Borchardt as a teacher, and I went to school with relatives of the Borchardts, it makes the movie all the more real to me, but as a movie, most will just find it pure entertainment with great acting, even though it is inaccurate in certain areas.

By the way - yes they really did arrest her while she was at school.


4 of 5 people found this review helpful.  Was this review helpful to you?

Message Boards

Recent Posts
Real story baumy84
What about Reagan ceh35899
Ann-Margret underrated cathedralheat

Contribute to This Page

Create a character page for:
?