Based on real events that took place in LA in 1928, a single mother’s child is abducted while she is at work. After some weeks, the police report they have recovered her child and revel in some badly needed positive press while the boy is in transit back from Chicago. The mother’s elation is turned to horror when she sees the boy who greets her at the train station is not her progeny. The LAPD doesn’t want to hear that and instead of working with her further, discredits her and has her committed to an asylum. The fate of her boy is never settled, however the case leads to discovery of psychopath who is responsible for the disappearance of more than a few young boys.
The story was so devilishly creepy, I wanted to be reassured it wasn’t a true story. After all, if you can’t trust the cops … ?! Director Clint Eastwood did a great job slowly turning up the heat to a nightmare climax. I read that the Wineville Chicken Coop Murders case (the basis for this movie) cast such a pall on the area, they changed the name of the town to Mira Loma.by