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Seduced by Madness: The Diane Borchardt Story 

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

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

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Thriller | Drama | Crime

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Rated R for a scene of violence | See all certifications »
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25 February 1996 (USA)  »

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Title parodied in '30 Rock' with a movie titled "Kidnapped by Danger: the Avery Jessup Story" See more »

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[first lines]
Diane Kay Borchardt: [voice-over] The front door will be unlocked. Then on your right is a gun cabinet. You take the shotgun and you walk down the stairs, to the basement where he sleeps. And you do it. You turn around and walk up the stairs, and you toss a few things around to make believe it was a robbery. And then you leave. It's so easy.
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An excellent portrait of a murder
12 May 2005 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Ann-Margret deserves an academy award for her performance as a manic step-mother who is concerned only with her own needs and desires. Her mood swings from normalcy to manic anger, her manipulation of her teen-age accomplices, her horrible treatment of her husband, and her favoritism for her own daughter over her two step-children...all very realistic portrayals of a manic woman obsessed with having everything her way. It was hard to watch this movie during the scenes leading up to Ruben Borchardt's murder, but they were enlightening. This movie is a must see for anyone who has known a manic person like Diane Borchardt. The post-murder investigation by the two relentless detectives was heartening, all the way up to the convictions of those involved. The classic scene comes at the end when Diane Borchardt is being processed for prison: her only concern is that her husband had a chance to "repent" before he died.

Kudos to the writers and actors who made this movie so realistic!


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