What a contrast

Between the two fathers and their reaction to loss. We see Charlie whose daughter died the day she was born and he was so filled with anger at God that he went out and killed a bunch of innocent girls and then we see the Amish father of one of the little girls who was killed telling Charlie's wife "I forgive him".


I have a question about Charlie (and why didn't they really go into why he did what he did????)

Charlie and his wife had 3 children. And a new baby was the 3rd child. When did his daughter die (that filled him with so much rage). I think I read, when he was at her tombstone), that she died on the day she was born in 1997.

Well, he had 3 kids after that time, so he had to have gone on with life, no??

I do not understand why he did what he did, and what's with all the stuff in his car, like the duct tape and the rope.

They never went into that. I'm glad that the murders were not shown, nor glorified. I came away from this movie, crying my eyes out. The scene that made me really choke up was at the end, when all the Amish came in their buggies to join Charlie's wife when she buried her husband. The men tipped their hats, and the mother of Mary Beth, hugged the woman.

Moved me to tears.


I agree with your comments as I too wondered why the death of his baby drove him so crazy that he went out and killed young girls. I know one child can't replace another, but he did have other children who needed him, and plenty of parents have dealt with the stillbirth of a child without killing anyone!

The scene at the funeral was quite moving. I understood Ida's reluctance to forgive the killer--it would be a very hard thing to do--but I was a little surprised by her reluctance to forgive the killer's wife, as she had no knowledge of, and did not participate in, the crime in any way.


Hi. I went to google and READ THE WHOLE STORY, in Wikipedia (and went elsewhere to verify what I had just read).

No wonder they didn't go into detail about what he was doing there. This guy left 4 suicide notes and one of them said that 20 years ago he molested two family members (who have since said "this did not happen", and he also wrote "I'm getting the same urge), and because of what they found in his truck, (I'm not going into details here), the guy was SEVERELY disturbed.

The REAL story is all over the internet and documented in written statements by the police.

The guy had demons, no doubt about it. But to walk into a school and shoot 10 or so girls (because his baby died???), No, I don't think so. The Lifetime movie did NOT give all the facts. But then again, why should they?

They simply presented a story, and the ramifications of what happened AFTER the murders.

It's a true testament to the forgiving nature of the Amish.

Because of this movie, I went to google, and found links to the origin of the Amish. Very interesting stuff.

I don't get the shunning thing.

To me, if you practice forgiveness, why on earth would you stop your wife from contact with her sister and nieces and nephews.

That is beyond my comprehension.


Yes, he did have three children, but this child who died was precious also. He either didn't have the means to cope with the loss or did not choose to try to do so. He may have even had wrong ideas towards God that caused him to want to hurt these children.

"Do All Things For God's Glory"-1 Corinthians 10:31
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Charlie was a pervert and a nut job. The Amish father was mentally stable. Personally, I think the reason Ida took her daughter's death harder than her husband was because she was more emotionally attached to her, especially since she no longer had her sister in her life. I'd hate to think what would have happened to Ida had both her daughters been killed.