“Too Close To Home” is based on the true story of Elizabeth ‘Ma’ Duncan and the murder of her daughter-in-law, Olga Kupczyk Duncan aka Olga Duncan. The fact-based movie aired first in 1997 on CBS as a movie of the week. The names were changed to Diana and Nick Donahue. The victim’s name was changed to Abigail ‘Abby’ Emma Fletcher.
“Too Close To Home” begins with a mother speaking about the intense love she has for her son. A love so strong that she finds they are ‘soul mates.’ The possessive and jealous mother loves her son so much that she does everything in her power to keep him close to her. Every time he tries to move out, she sabotages his efforts. When her son meets a young nurse that he wants to marry, she has her killed.
The true story that inspired the movie involves the 1958 murder of nurse Olga Kupczyk Duncan. The murder happened in California. The media was obsessed with the trial of mother-in-law, Elizabeth Duncan aka ‘Ma’ Duncan. Police say that Elizabeth Ann Duncan was so in love with her own son that she plotted to have his wife murdered, according to The Los Angeles Times.
Olga’s body was later found badly beaten in a shallow grave. Her killers were Augustine Baldonado, 25, and Luis Moya, 22, a pair of Hispanic men that Elizabeth Duncan knew casually. This detail was left out of the tv made movie.
Elizabeth Duncan, Augustine Baldonado and Luis Moya were executed on August 8, 1962. Her son, lawyer Frank Duncan is still alive and practicing law.
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