Is Katie Douglas starrer 'The Girl Who Escaped: The Kara Robinson Story' based on real life?

Is Katie Douglas starrer 'The Girl Who Escaped: The Kara Robinson Story' based on real life?
Katie Douglas in Lifetime' 'The Girl Who Escaped: The Kara Robinson Story' (Youtube/Lifetime)

LOS ANGELES, CALIFORNIA: Katie Douglas has been recently really appreciated for her performance in 'Ginny and Georgia' Season 2. However, Katie Douglas is now going to an even darker role to play for Lifetime's new movie. Speaking of Douglas in 'Ginny and Georgia,' Season 2 Netflix has been the talk of the town recently for topping the Nielsen charts with 'Ginny and Georgia' Season 2's viewership records. 


In the trailer, we see Douglas plays the 15-year-old Kara, who was watering plants in her best friend’s front yard in South Carolina when she was approached by a man who put a gun to her neck, forced her into a plastic storage bin, and drove off. He took Kara to his apartment, and she escaped the restraints and fled his apartment. She was able to lead the police back to the apartment’s exact location and identify her captor as Richard Evonitz (Kristian Bruun).


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Is 'The Girl Who Escaped: The Kara Robinson Story' based on a true story?

Kara Robinson was kidnapped straight from her friend’s front lawn as she watered the plants around the house in South Carolina in the summer of 2002. A man in a black car drove up and began questioning if her parents were home, soon before putting a gun in Kara’s face and snatching her. Kara endured torturous days in his house while his wife was away on vacation. As a young 15-year-old girl, she demonstrated amazing strength and control, keeping her mind solely on surviving. She was unaware that the man who kidnapped her was in fact Richard Evonitz, a serial killer. Her mother Debra Johnson, father, friend Jess, boyfriend Ryan along with the police were all anxious to get Kara back. Kara ended up escaping her captor and making her way to safety.


Who was Richard Evonitz?

Richard Evonitz was a serial killer, kidnapper, and rapist responsible for the deaths of three teenage girls in Spotsylvania County, Virginia, and the abduction and rape of a teenage girl in Richland County, South Carolina. Evonitz has been suspected of other murders and confessed a number of crimes to his sister shortly before committing suicide. In 2002, Evonitz abducted 15-year-old Kara Robinson Chamberlain from a friend's yard in Columbia, South Carolina, after holding a gun to her head and then forcing her into a plastic bin. He took her to his apartment, raped her, forced her to smoke marijuana, and tied her to his bed. Robinson was able to free herself, escape, and identify her attacker to the police using information she was able to find on Evonitz's fridge. Evonitz fled after finding her gone and was tracked by the police to Sarasota, Florida. As they surrounded him, he killed himself.

'The Girl Who Escaped: The Kara Robinson Story' premieres Saturday, February 11 at 8/7c.

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