"Cries Unheard: The Donna Yaklich Story" is a fact-based true-story movie based on the murder of Dennis Yaklich by his wife Donna Yaklich. "Cries Unheard" debuted in 1994 as a CBS movie of the week. It stars Jaclyn Smith and Brad Johnson as Donna and Dennis.
"Cries Unheard The Donna Yaklich Story" synopsis:
Donna thinks she has met the perfect husband, but life turns upside down, when the beautiful aerobics instructor has to endure a life of domestic abuse with her weight lifting husband, Dennis. As the steroids begin to completely control Dennis' life, he becomes more physically abusive which leads to his murder.
The movie has themes of domestic abuse, violence and Battered Woman's Syndrome.
The real story happened in Colorado in 1985 when a man was gunned down in his driveway. Police say that Dennis Yaklich was ambushed by two people who they say were hired by his wife Donna Yaklich. Yaklich was eventually arrested for her part in the crime. She was sentenced to 40 years in prison but served just 18 years. Today, she is a free woman. She was released from a Colorado state correctional facility in 2009.