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'Captive' movie true story of Paul Plunk-Robert Gerald Knott

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"Captive" aka "Season Of Fear" is a 1991 movie based on the true story of kidnapper Robert Gerald Knott and his victims Paul Plunk and Kathy Plunk. The real names of the victims were used in the fact-based drama, according to the Los Angeles Times. (Starring John Stamos and Joanna Kerns)

"Captive" follows a couple who enjoys running a hotel and living their dreams in a coastal town in Oregon. Things take a turn for the worst, when the Plunks are abducted by two ruthless thugs on a crime spree. The advertisements for the movie indicate that the movie is based on a sensational case.

The real story made headlines in 1987, when a couple was taken hostage in Yachats. Police say that Robert Gerald Knott, 23, and Jeffery Duane Frost, 22, walked into the couple's motel and asked for a room before taking them hostage. At the time, the Plunks had no idea the two men were wanted in connection with the abductions of several people across several states.

Paul Plunk and Kathy Plunk were eventually released. Jeff Frost was killed during a shootout with police.

Robert Knott aka Robert Gerald Knott was sentenced to life in prison but committed suicide while doing time in federal prison in 2013. Court records indicate that Knott suffered a lifetime of depression and mental problems stemming from his troubled childhood.

The movie still airs on Turner Classic Movies and Lifetime Movie Network.

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