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'Beyond Obsession' true story of Joyce and Karin Aparo

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"Beyond Obsession" is a 1994 true story movie based on Joyce Aparo and her daughter Karin Aparo. The movie first aired as an ABC television movie in April 1994. The names were changed to Traci and Eleanor Dicarlo. The locations were also changed for the film. It is directed by David Green and based on the book by Richard Hammer. The cast includes Victoria Principal and Emily Warfield.

"Beyond Obsession" synopsis/plot

Follows the story of 15-year-old Traci Dicarlo, a child pianist who lives under the shadow of her abusive and domineering mother. Once Traci becomes a teenager and finds love with a local boy, she is determined to get rid of her mother at all costs, even if that includes murder.

The true story that inspired "Beyond Obsession" happened in 1986 after a Connecticut woman vanished from her home and was later found murdered. The woman's daughter, an accomplished violinist, was accused of plotting the murder of her mother along with her boyfriend. According to court records, Joyce Aparo, 46, was strangled with a pair of nylon stockings and discarded in a brook under a bridge.

Karin Aparo, 15, and her boyfriend Dennis Aparo, 18, were arrested for murder. Karin Aparo was later acquitted but Dennis Aparo was sentenced to 34 years. He was released from prison in 2013.

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