Lifetime is turning to real-life horror stories as inspiration for its fall Ripped From the Headlines “Truly Unbelievable Movies,” slate starring Meagan Good, Sarah Drew, Melissa Joan Hart, Wendi McLendon-Covey, Emily Osment, and Bill Pullman.
The network released a trailer on Thursday, offering highlights of the films — including the sex trafficking drama Buying Back My Daughter starring Good, alongside Roger Cross and Ariana Madix.
“My daughter, she was trafficked,” Good says in the preview. Seconds later, the video shows a young woman pulling on a window and screaming, “Somebody help me!”
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Lifetime will air a new movie from the slate every Saturday at 8p/7c from Sept. 16 – Oct. 28.
The other films include Murdaugh Murders: The Movie about a powerful South Carolina attorney convicted of killing his wife and son, as well as How She Caught a Killer about a rookie police detective tracking a serial killer.
Check out the trailer and details on the movies below:
How She Caught a Killer
Inspired by real events, rookie detective Linda Murphy (Sarah Drew) is fresh out of the police academy when she hears her boss, detective David Goodman (Eric Keenleyside) talking about a serial killer in the area who seems to be targeting sex workers. Teaming up with FBI agent Neil Carter (Jamall Johnson), Linda fights to go undercover to help solve the murders and, if all goes accordingly, capture a serial killer. Delilah Hamlin stars as a former sex worker and aspiring nurse who is the killer’s first victim.
How She Caught a Killer premieres Sept. 16 at 8p/7c on Lifetime.
Stolen Baby: The Murder of Heidi Broussard
The film is based on a true story of best friends Magen (Emily Osment, Young Sheldon, The Kominsky Method, Hannah Montana) and Heidi (Anna Hopkins, The Expanse) who have known each other for a decade. Pretending to be pregnant at the same time as her friend, Magen makes the journey from Houston to Austin to be by Heidi’s side once she learns she is ready to give birth. When Heidi goes missing with her newborn daughter just a few weeks after giving birth, suspicions about Magen’s loyalty and her true intentions are questioned. Authorities begin to suspect that she is hiding a huge secret as they uncover her twisted and elaborate plan.
Stolen Baby: The Murder of Heidi Broussard premieres Sept. 23 at 8p/7c on Lifetime.
Amish Stud: The Eli Weaver Story
Devoted to her husband, kids and faith, Barbara Weaver (Miranda MacDougall, The Flash) was content leading a traditional life in her conservative Ohio Amish community—with no modern conveniences. Her husband Eli (Luke Macfarlane, Bros), however, wanted the things that were forbidden to him as an Amish man. He gave into the temptations of women and technology, leading a secret life with the online alias “Amish Stud” to meet with women outside of his marriage bed. Eli found his pick of curious women fascinated by the Amish lifestyle, and often spoke to his mistresses about his desire to kill his wife. When Barbara is found dead from a shotgun wound, all eyes turn to Eli.
Amish Stud: The Eli Weaver Story premieres Sept. 30 at 8p/7c on Lifetime.
Buying Back My Daughter
When Dana (Meagan Good) and Curtis’ (Roger Cross) 16-year-old daughter, Alicia (Faith Wright), sneaks out of the house to attend a party, a bout with teenage rebellion quickly escalates into a widespread search party spearheaded by Dana and the police. After almost a year of searching for her missing daughter, mother’s intuition leads Dana to the salacious world of online escort ads where, to her horror, she finds her Alicia listed for sale. Dana and Curtis spring into action and attempt to “buy their daughter back.”
Buying Back My Daughter premieres Saturday, Oct. 7 at 8p/7c on Lifetime.
Murdaugh Murders: The Movie
Lifetime’s milestone 500th original movie follows the twisted true story of Alex Murdaugh, played by award-winning actor Bill Pullman (The Sinner, Halston). Murdaugh was found guilty in the double homicide of his wife, Maggie and his son, Paul. For over 100 years, the wealthy and powerful Murdaughs were a local dynasty in the South Carolina low country, where they oversaw the prosecution of criminal cases in the state’s 14th circuit district. But behind all the power, black ties, and fancy dresses, Alex had many secrets.
The two-part Murdaugh Murders: The Movie premieres Oct. 14 & 15 at 8p/7c on Lifetime.
Bad Romance: The Vicky White Story
Based on a true story, the movie follows Vicky White (Wendi McLendon-Covey), a lonely corrections officer who falls for a prisoner (Rossif Sutherland), but before she can ensure their happily ever after, she must first break him out of prison.
Bad Romance: The Vicky White Story premieres Oct. 21 at 8p/7c on Lifetime.
Would You Kill for Me? The Mary Bailey Story
Told through three different perspectives, the film follows the volatile relationship between three generations of women – Ella (Melissa Joan Hart), her daughter Veronica (Olivia Scriven), and her granddaughter Mary (Presley Allard) whom she raises for Veronica. After Veronica becomes deeply entangled with Willard (Connor McMahon) and later marries him, the lives of all three women take a turn for the worse when Willard becomes increasingly abusive.
Would You Kill for Me? The Mary Bailey Story premieres Oct. 28 at 8p/7c on Lifetime.
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