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Crimes of the Mind (2014)

A woman spends five years trying to get her brainwashed daughter back from a cult.


John Murlowski


Marijke Richman


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Cast overview, first billed only:
Christina Cox ... Carolyn Raeburn
Paula Trickey ... Marty
Tina Ivlev ... Laura
Trevor Bryant Clark Trevor Bryant Clark ... Travis
Albert Colunga Albert Colunga ... Judd (as Albert J.C. Colunga)
Matt Corboy ... Alex Raeburn
Heidi Fielek ... Melanie
Mandy Levin ... Libby
Eric Scott Woods ... Joel
Greer Bishop ... Dana
Molly Dickerson Molly Dickerson ... Merilee
Rebekah Kennedy ... Kelly
Danielle Lewis Danielle Lewis ... Lee
Steve Crest ... Police Sergeant Sherman
Adalgiza Chermont ... Inmate


The true story of Carolyn's Raeburn's daughter who graduated from high school at the age of 16. Laura was bright, popular and enthusiastic about the future, but the summer before she was to begin college, an event occurred changing forever the lives of her and her family. Laura visited a boarding ranch in the country to learn horseback riding. And there, she entered a world dominated by a strange and fearsome woman who took control of Laura's mind. She was groomed to replace the woman's dead daughter. Carolyn spent the next five years of her life, much of her sanity and more than half a million dollars to get her daughter back. Written by anonymous

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The Carolyn Raeburn Story is based on a true story.





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Release Date:

11 May 2014 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

El rescate de mi hija See more »

Filming Locations:

Santa Clarita, California, USA See more »

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Towards the end of the movie, after they have rescued Laura and are driving away from the ranch, the Escalade is shown in wide shots following the Odyssey very closely. When we are shown the people in the van looking back towards Laura in the third row, there is clearly no vehicle behind them. This happens several times throughout the ride. See more »


Marty: [Marty pushes Caroline] Just couldn't let this go could you?
Carolyn Raeburn: Don't you touch me.
Marty: She's my daughter now. She's mine! And she's never coming back to you! You are never getting her back do you understand me?
[Marty shoves Caroline to the ground then kicks her in the ribs]
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"This is a work of fiction. It is not "based on a true story." It is a drama inspired by actual persons in a civil suit. It is neither an attempt to depict the actual persons, nor to represent the actual events preceding the trial." See more »

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Poor Laura, If she thinks nobody cares if she's alive, try missing a couple of car payments
2 March 2018 | by Ed-ShullivanSee all my reviews

Life and family is all about keeping it in perspective. You see, Laura Raeburn (Tina Ivlev) felt neglected by her mother Carolyn Raeburn (Christina Cox) and stepfather Alex (Matt Corboy) so she took a 180 degree turn in her approach to her young life and decided to be around horses that were stabled at a woman named Marty Fowler's (Paula Trickey) horse ranch.

This made for TV Lifetime film did not waste any time getting into the crux of the story which evolves around Marty Fowler and her burly husband Joel who are brainwashing several young teenage girls that their existing lives stink and if they choose to live on Marty's ranch they can live a life they choose (or so they think) riding horses and working their tails off cleaning stalls and maintaining the ranch without pay to the Fowler's direct benefit of free labour. It also does not take Carolyn very long to figure out that Marty is brainwashing these young girls into a cult like atmosphere.

The film is an over the top dramatization in which a mom is pitted against her 16 year old daughter by a mind control female rancher and her burly husband that can only lead to disappointment for all parties ending up in the criminal courts which is exactly what happens. On top of the cult like captivity Laura has been subjected to, it puts an absolute strain on Carolyn and Alex's marriage.

Carolyn Raeburn was a hard working mother and her daughter Laura, who just received a convertible BMW for her 16th birthday feels neglected in her five bedroom home. In almost all families there is disagreement between teenagers and their parents on what their young adolescent children want to do as most children are unaware of risks and only think about immediate rewards and their own personal satisfaction and/or despair.

I honestly felt uncomfortable watching this made for TV movie as my parents were pretty strict with us growing up, and I in turn made sure my own children knew what was acceptable and what was not acceptable. I do understand that there is a percentage of teenagers who either run afoul of the law, acquire a drug or alcohol dependency at a young age, or just revolt against their parents for no apparent reason. What I do agree with in this film is that a child's mind is very vulnerable, ca be easily influenced and even the very best parents could end up with a "problem child". In this case Carolyn and and Alex's daughter Laura was easily influenced by Marty and Joel Fowler especially since Marty had Laura's mind and body controlled 24 hours a day on her horse ranch.

There have been many documentaries and dramatic films released on the existence of large cults and the sheer desperation parents have in trying to break their children not only physically from the cult situation, but to restore their children's mind and sense of family that was once their norm.

Rather than parents taking the situation into their own hands I would have preferred to see the situation being handled by true professionals and/or highly trained mercenaries but emotions run high (maybe too high in this film) and the ending was neither pleasant nor believable. Laura seemed to be represented as a prized animal by both her parents who wanted her back even though they hardly spent time with her before she went to live on Marty and Joel's ranch, and Marty and Joel treated Laura as one of their livestock which they fed and housed but in return, they expected Laura to work for her keep each and every day on their ranch without compensation.

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