"A Daughter's Nightmare"will air on Lifetime tomorrow, the Los Angeles Times is reporting today. "A Daughter's Nightmare" is a 2014 movie that could be inspired by the true story of serial killer Michael Swango. It is directed by Vic Sarin and written by Shelley Gillen. The Lifetime thriller stars Janet Anderson, Peter Benson and Kate Bateman.
Not advertised as a movie based on a true story, "A Daughter's Nightmare" follows the story of a beautiful widow who falls in love with a handsome stranger that she meets at a grief counseling session. The affair between them heats up quickly, but after the woman continues to fall mysteriously ill, her daughter begins to suspect the new male nurse of poisoning her mother.
Taking a brief look at the synopsis and the trailer for the movie, the Michael Swango serial killer case comes to mind. A few things that stand out right away are: the male nurse, the syringe angle, the girlfriend becoming ill, and the daughter frantically chasing the new stranger's past. All of those elements are found in the true story of Michael Swango.
For example, according to the Daily Press, Michael Swango met a woman named Kristen Kinney at a meeting where he was working as a counselor. She was a beautiful nurse who fell for Swango very quickly. Kristen was divorced from her first husband and engaged to another man when she met Michael Swango. Needless to say, the relationship took off very quickly. But soon after, Kristen Kinney began falling ill. She suspected that her fiancee, Michael Swango, was poisoning her food or her drinks. Kristen Kinney' dead body was discovered in a park. She had been shot. The death was ruled a suicide.
In the Lifetime movie, it is the daughter who begins to suspect that the new boyfriend is hiding something, but in the Michael Swango story it was Kristen's mother who was frantic with worry about the new man. There was also an older widow who allowed Michael Swango to stay in her home as a tenant. She had some very strange and frightening experiences with Michael Swango. It is possible that the producers for the film pulled these facts from the Swango story and weaved them into this fictional version. Research the Michael Swango story and his connection to Kristen Kinney and the old widow, Lynette O'Hare.