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Cries Unheard: The Donna Yaklich Story (1994)

TV-PG | | Drama | TV Movie 1 February 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.


Armand Mastroianni




Cast overview, first billed only:
Jaclyn Smith ... Donna Yaklich
Brad Johnson ... Dennis Yaklich
Hilary Swank ... Patty Yaklich
David Lascher ... Denny Yaklich - age 18
Carolyn McCormick ... Susie
Andrew Lawrence ... Denny Yaklich - age 5
Ramsay Midwood Ramsay Midwood ... Eddie Greenwell
Jason Kristofer ... Charlie Greenwell
David Gianopoulos ... Jerry
David Byron David Byron ... Mike
Lisa Robin Kelly ... Charlie's Girlfriend
Gary Hudson ... Steve
Rosanna Huffman Rosanna Huffman ... Lenore Walker
David Cromwell David Cromwell ... Dr. Cassover
Tom Nibley Tom Nibley ... Foreman


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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Although Donna's 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 »


At the end of the movie, Donna mentions having served 5 1/2 years of her sentence, but was talking to her son, who is 18. She was convicted when he was 5, so she actually should have served 13 years at this point. See more »


Jerry: Eddie Greenwell! Get your hands up!
Charlie Greenwell: [as he and Eddie do so, about his girlfriend] Couldn't keep her mouth shut!
Jerry: You're under arrest for the murder of Dennis Yaklich!
[Jerry and Mike arrest the two brothers]
Jerry: You have the right to remain silent. If you giver up the right to remain silent, anything you say can and will be used against you in a court of law.
[as Eddie gets cuffed, he thinks about what Dennis told him about Donna five years ago]
Eddie Greenwell: It was Donna!
[Jerry and Mike go silent]
Jerry: [...]
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The Devil is in the Details
14 May 2017 | by leahsingworldSee all my reviews

In the real story as told on the ID Channel's true crime series "Evil Stepmother," Donna Yaklich allegedly, both physically & verbally, abused her stepchildren, especially the youngest, which was her 5 year old stepdaughter. Also, during the autopsy there was no evidence found of steroid use in Dennis Yaklich's remains. Moreover, the decease's family accused Donna of stealing $11,000 from his parents & that she was motivated by greed. Dennis had $325,000 worth of life insurance.

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Release Date:

1 February 1994 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Victim of Rage See more »

Filming Locations:

Newhall, California, USA See more »

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1.33 : 1
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