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Wednesday, May 23, 2012

Serial Killer Theresa Knorr: The Disturbing Truth Behind The Afflicted



There are times when you watch a movie that is based on a true story, that you scratch your head and just say no way. Some of the depraved, disgusting and violent acts depicted in movies just cannot be true. One such film that left me feeling this way was The Afflicted from Midnight Releasing. However, after a couple emails with them on another subject, the passed on the name of the actual person and case which the movie was based. Yes, it seems, as some of the flick was fictional (the ending), but the majority of the story was indeed based on fact.


This lady, Theresa Knorr, was that immoral and evil. Born in 1946, Knorr was convicted of torturing and murdering two of her children and was sentenced to two-consecutive life sentences after pleading guilty to save herself from the Death Penalty. Incredibly, some of the most intense parts of movie are in fact true. The story arc of the mother shooting her daughter, leaving her to rot in the bath tub handcuffed to the soap dish, nursing her back to health before torturing her by performing surgery to remove the bullet with alcohol and a box cutter, you guessed it, true, as was burning her body along the roadside. The same can be said of the death of another daughter, who was forced into prostitution by her mother, tortured, locked in a closet until her death by dehydration and starvation some days later.


As a fan of horror, stories like this that are mostly true are much more disturbing than the slasher films I grew up on. In a weird twist, it seems like religious fanaticism lay at the heart of these and other torturous crimes that are too hard to even imagine. Unfortunately, these tales are truly the mantra behind the statement that sometimes truth is stranger than fiction, especially when you consider she is eligible for parole in 2027. The Afflicted is a disturbing movie that honestly captures the darkness in this story. I definitely applaud Midnight Releasing for pushing the boundaries with films that stay true to the brutal depths of human darkness.


43 comments:

  1. I really want to see this movie now. I haven't heard of this case myself but thank you for the great review. I quite surprised actually as I watch a ton of Crime Scene Investigation Channel as well.

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    1. You totally should watch it it's a really good movie except the ending is fake but it's really good but of course sad.

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    2. I cried for a lot of the movie... I grew up watching horror movies and true crime shows and have never seen anything this f@#$ed up

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    3. I just got done watching this movie, I was twisted as fuck. Makes me hate religious people ,ore than I already do.

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    4. Couple of typos there....It was a twisted movie And I hate religious people more. Sorry about the confusion.

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    5. True Christians would never commit a crime like this. You shouldn't hate on religious people because of this woman.

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    6. that movie was messed up but a good movie

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  2. It was an intense movie... It was hard to watch, and may be more difficult now that I know it is true.

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  3. Rather bizzarre.
    If you want, check out discovery id's dramatization of the real story.
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=endscreen&v=gdHcGdpHAQM&NR=1

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  4. this movie was disturbing and hard to watch!! its unbelievable crazy that a human let alone a mother could do such torture!!!.

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  5. This one was disturbing... I also liked Chained - not the same, but a disturbing film about a serial killer and a child.

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  6. This movie was barbaric by far it was not as bad as the other movie I watched called Girl Next Door. So sick how people can do this to there own children.

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  7. This movie was very disturbing and intense to watch.

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  8. This movie was fuckin stupid, the son had no balls in his pants and couldn't defend himself and his sisters against a weak and old woman, stupid stupid stupid

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    1. I hope your calling it stupid b.c it made you angry and you cant come up with other words to describe your disbelief of their actions. Because this movie was far from 'stupid' in the real sense, it was fascinating how the evil of one person can manipulate so many and do so many horrific acts upon people you 'love'.

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  9. This movie had me crying. How could a mother do such horrendous and Barbaric things to her own children? I had a hard childhood but even though, I knew and felt my mothers love. She never Beat us, but we did have some hard times, my siblings and I. At the very beginning of the movie it states that it's based on a true story. I was truly appalled after watching the movie and doing research on the case afterwards. My heart bleeds for children who are abused in any way. Im crying just thinking of the things those poor tortured souls go through.

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  10. Absolutely horrific sickening true story on the Knorr family. I'd be pleased to murder that rotten piece of crap and laugh all the way to jail.

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  11. There is evil and there is mental illness. I have seen both. I did not die, no one went to jail, nor did I make the news, but I exist. When death does not occur. The world sweeps evil under the rug. OlThey say "Get over it" "Move on with your life" and so on. This is so wrong. I am quite sure many serial killers and murderer's heard the same crap from people who don't know.Psychologist aren't traim ed for suicidal patients or would be murders. I wish I could help the afflicted,because the mass majority are clueless.

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  12. Was very intense. there is another one by jack ketchum called Girl Next Door which is a true story as well and super intense, I cried and almost could not watch the whole movie.

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    1. The girl next door is a spin off an american crime thats a true story and it showed.more of what really happened .both about the same family..i cryed

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    2. An American crime is about Sylvia Likens and Gertrude Bonesweski (spelling) whereas this is based on Theresa Knor, recounted by Terry Knorr her only surviving.daughter at the time both sad story however different

      there are also a lot of differences between The Afflicted and the real Knorr story. Theresa Knorr killed her husband at the age of 20 and re-married. Her second husband left her and the kids later on. Theresa Knorr was also heavy set, dirty and had long dark hair that went down to her hips during the time of the.murder. those posted pictures are only taken after she flees.to Salt Lake City took a job as a personal.nurse.and made quite a bit of money and revamped herself. She was a disgusting, selfish, jealous, twisted, evil and narcissistic woman.

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    3. It was a lot worse in real life than what the movie portrayed...I know because I was there. My sister married one of her sons...I was thirteen and came to their home several times a week.....very sad.

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  13. This movie made me cry. How can someone be so cruel?????!!!! And this was based on a true storie?? She should have gotten the death penalty regardless if she pleaded guilty. I was deeply disturbed by this movie.

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  14. The woman was clearly mentally disturbed. This is disturbing, but to be honest I hated the movie. If this movie is spot on with what really happened I'll be really dissapointed in these children. They grow up till their in their late teens with lack of abuse, then suddenly the mom goes wonkers. I can see that, but what I cannot see is them not physically fighting back. Why was there no red flag being raised when a kid cries abuse and suddenly they are snatched from school. This isn't just the mothers fault. Its everyone's fault in a way. Though the mother does deserve a lethal injection. Some don't deserve to continue living draining tax payers money in jails.

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  15. When I saw this movie the storie felt familiar to me. It is because I had seen this case in ID investigation. I believe it was on the show deadly women. I as well to the lover of movies that are terror/ psychology I recommend The girl next door. it is available and Netflix.this movie was very intense it made me cry there 2 versions of this movie the other 1 is called American crime but I like the version of the girl next door the story was compelling I thought I was going to be bored with itbut it was the other way I could not stop watching it even though I wanted to .I have to find out what happened at the end and it was very intense I'm sad.

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  16. For a mother to allow herself to do such retched things to ones own daughter is beyond my understanding. I have heard about killings and murders and domestic beatings but never have I in my 16 years of life seen something that made me want to kill my self. To know that by the year "2027" this could almost be legal makes me wish to never have children. This woman was sick, twisted, disturbed. I am sorry for the past but my children will never engrave such a future.

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  17. March 17, 2013
    If your Mother is this sick, twisted, and evil and you stand by and do nothing about it, you too must be to some degree sick, twisted, and evil too. To let your siblings die like that by her hand and do nothing makes you guilty too.

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  18. If she is eligible for parole in 2027 shame on the government an city and state this has occurred in its funny how Charles Manson got people to kill for him and he is on death row and how the lady from the true story monster who was actually raped and tortured and nearly killed... that triggered her to do what she did and this bitch Theresa tortures and kills two of her daughter's with the help of her son's who was not charged at all and its actually been said she gets parole if I was the president of the United states everyone who had anything to do with the justice of these to girls would be out of a job....

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  19. yeah fuck her son and duaghters aswell, TO a degree. they easily could have escaped and were totally old enough to have the natural instinct to do something about the situation besides watch and partake in it. but goddamn i would love to pay this old lady a visit in prison and fucking and mutilate and rip out her vagina and make her eat it.

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  20. Ask any of my brothers and sisters... our 'sick' mother used religion in an ungodly manner. She sent my oldest brother into my dads workshop where she forced him to make the very paddles that she would beat us with. There are so many elements of this movie that send chills through me.

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  21. I just watched this movie and have also watched "the girl next door" a while back. I have seen religious and emotional abuse and physical abuse when I was growing up from my mother. Those of you who have never been through it talk big, but you don't know until you are in a situation what it is like to walk on eggshells everyday and to be told you are nothing. It yes it is fun to fantasize about what you would do to someone like this woman but in reality when you have grown up with it and see what she is capable of you are just happy it is someone else instead of you. It doesn't mean that you don't care about your siblings, it just means your fear overrides empathy. This is brainwashing to the max when you experience mental and spiritual abuse like this from birth. This story is believable to those who have lived through emotional and spiritual abuse because it exists. It doesn't always escalate to the point of death or permanent physical damage, but it easily can. Mental illness cannot be fixed with a happy pill and a therapist especially when it is a very manipulative parent who knows how to manipulate authority figures. Only an abusive personality would blame another sibling would blame a sibling for not standing up to an abusive parent.

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    1. Yes. Every day is so stressful. Its like ur 6, 7, 8 years old can't even play, laugh, talk w/siblings, invite friends over because everything u do u get yelled at, slapped, or beaten. I think the worse was not knowing what was going to happen each day. We were afraid to use the bathroom and even eat meals. It was so stressful & lonesome. We were locked in our rooms constantly. I'm so sory u went through it. Its never easy to talk about. No matter how many people were involved in the picture no one ever said anything to our family. My siblings & I lived in fear from age 3 when we could understand fear till we all slowly left. Its a long time to be afraid. You know?

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  22. crazy movie, can't believe it was really based on a true story. that women should be left to rot for what she did to her kids & her husband.

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  23. I seen the re inactment of this true story on wicked woman I like seein all the stories that I know are based on true stories in movies cause it helps me understand the movie more but they are always sad and crazy stories. This ones a gud movie but I think nothing tops the movie an American story that is also based on true events that one is about jenny and sylvia beniszwki

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  24. These all interest me cause I like to study this stuff and read deep into wat actually happened and where these ppl are in life now. Wicked woman always have twisted wicked stories but I no the stories are real when I look them up and study it. The snowtown murders is gud as well ans is real about johnny bunting

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  25. believe it or not my mother used to work with her....she lived on auburn blvd. here in sacramento california....i first heard of it on a show on tru tv or id discovery..and that's when my mother said she used to work with her at the old folks home...crazy stuff...

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  26. I pray I don't run into any of her descendants, considering I live in the very city this crazed person was born in!

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  27. I've seen the surviving daughter Terry talk about these horrific tortures on cold case files, deadly women, wicked. She went for help even after she escaped the home and the lazy popo didn't believe her. Its unfortuneate that Terry the daughter ended up dying of a heart attack a few years back.

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  28. Theresa Knorr had nothing to do with religion - she was a twisted woman who had borderline personality disorder. Trying to link her activities with religion is a ridiculous leap for the director to make as Theresa was a non-religious person. Check out her TRUE story before seeing the movie which takes great liberties with the facts.

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  29. Theresa Knorr was an evil caniving witch-that is no mum,she deserved 4life sentences and at the end of that punishment do to her what she put those poor kids of hers through poor souls may they rest in peace from this awful woman whom they considered a mother yet were homebound&tortured-give her the DEATH SENTENCE no way does this evil thing called a woman-deserves to even breathe after what she did!she'll rot in HELL it was a very hard movie to watch,but to think she's getting released makes ME want to be there waiting for her-not empty handed neither!torturous monster!how could she do such awful awful unforgivably sick things such as making your child prostitute and shoot&starve them?that is inhumane!ty

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  30. this movie was jaw dropping, eye poppng out good! this lady is a true demon seed who does not ever deserve to see the light or dark of day.

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  31. Theresa Knorr was a real true sick demon seed from hell who deserves death a million times over!!!!!!! i pray some1 is there @ her hearing to make sure she never ever gets out may she die a horrible death with the thought & visions of what she did sick bitch!!!

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