"The Disappearance Of Vonnie" is a crime movie based on a true story involving Yvonne Rickman aka Vonnie Rickman. Yvonne's husband Ron Rickman was convicted of the murder. The movie, produced by Kaufman Company, first aired on CBS as a fact-based movie starring Ann Jillian. Some of the names were changed around in the film.
"The Disappearance Of Vonnie" follows the case of Corrine Kaczmarek, who is looking to solve her sister's disappearance. As she does her own sleuthing, she is convinced that her brother-in-law knows what happened to Vonnie. The movie takes you on Corrine's journey of convincing the police and a local reporter that Ron Rickman is a murderer.
The real Vonnie Rickman story made headlines in Wisconsin in 1981, when Yvonne Nelson Rickman disappeared after accompanying her husband on a shopping trip in Appleton. The Greenbay woman's case went unsolved for almost 10 years before her husband Ron Rickman was finally convicted of first-degree murder. The victim's sister, Corrine, kept the case alive and never gave up hope that Ron Rickman would be prosecuted for murder with the help of the police and local reporter Glen Lloyd.
Ron Rickman told police that his wife Vonnie disappeared with her bags. He denied any wrongdoing. The woman's sister was sure that Vonnie would never leave her daughter.
Rickman had killed two other people 20 years earlier but was released by "reason of insanity." Ron Rickman died in prison in 2004. Vonnie Rickman's body has never been found.
Traciy Curry-Reyes has since been in contact with the daughter of the victim. Photos of the real people can be found on her website: Movies Based On True Stories Archives.
The crime drama was based on a story by Ellen Weston.