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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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Series cast summary:
Ann-Margret ...  Diane Kay Borchardt 2 episodes, 1996
Peter Coyote ...  Ruben Borchardt 2 episodes, 1996
Leslie Hope ...  Claire Brown 2 episodes, 1996
Christian Campbell ...  Doug Vest 2 episodes, 1996
Hedy Burress ...  Brook Borchardt 2 episodes, 1996
Tobey Maguire ...  Chuck Borchardt 2 episodes, 1996
Freddy Rodríguez ...  Michael Maldonado 2 episodes, 1996
Cliff De Young ...  Det. Burstyn 2 episodes, 1996
Dean Norris ...  Detective Pike 2 episodes, 1996
Jonah Blechman ...  Josh Yanke 2 episodes, 1996
Tomas Arana 2 episodes, 1996
Kurt Fuller 2 episodes, 1996
Alanna Ubach ...  Shannon Johnson 2 episodes, 1996
Veronica Lauren ...  Regan Borchardt 2 episodes, 1996
Johnny Strong ...  Tim 2 episodes, 1996
Scott Michael Campbell ...  Cory 2 episodes, 1996
Aeryk Egan Aeryk Egan ...  Elgin 2 episodes, 1996
Andrew Kavovit ...  Jeb 2 episodes, 1996
Jamie Marsh Jamie Marsh ...  Jay 2 episodes, 1996
Angela Paton ...  Joan 2 episodes, 1996
George Wallace ...  Tom 2 episodes, 1996
Thomas Charles Simmons Thomas Charles Simmons ...  Cal Orin 2 episodes, 1996
Cordelia Richards Cordelia Richards ...  Sally 2 episodes, 1996
Susan Barnes Susan Barnes ...  Barb 2 episodes, 1996
Charles Boswell ...  Steve 2 episodes, 1996
Belinda Balaski ...  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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USA

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English

Release Date:

25 February 1996 (USA) See more »

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Seduced by Madness See more »

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Color

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1.33 : 1
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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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References To Die For (1995) See more »

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TV triumph for Ann-Margret
28 February 2007 | by moonspinner55See all my reviews

Extremely well-directed and acted true-life chronicle of Diane Borchardt, a Wisconsin high school teacher who charmed some of her students into carrying out the murder of her husband. Originally shown in two parts on television, the film has the production values of a theatrical feature, and Ann-Margret is nothing short of riveting in the lead. Abandoning her kittenish persona (and all traces of a sympathetic good nature), Ann-Margret is nothing short of chilling in her portrayal of Mrs. B., a cunning and calculating monster. The younger players are also very good and the film is gripping if extremely unpleasant. Difficult as an entertainment, it is still a strong achievement, which is a testament to the talents of director John Patterson and writer Carmen Culver.


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