Separating Fact and Fiction in terms of characters.
First, let me say that I thoroughly enjoyed this film, and was surprised at the level of acting and production as opposed to your average lifetime movie. I am very interested in this story now, after having overlooked it as just another terrible tragedy that seems to happen all too often in the news, four years ago.
I am interested in how factual the movie actually is, especially in terms of the characters, since most of them have a different name.
I find it interesting that the only person who's name remains constant is Charlie Roberts. His wife's name is not Amy, but rather Marie...not too much of a difference there.
In terms of the girls, it appears the five girls who were killed in the movie were pretty directly based off of the girls who were killed in real life.
Died at the scene
Naomi Ebersol, age 7====Hannah
Marian Fisher, age 13 (also the leader, and the one who volunteered to take 1st bullett)======Mary Beth Graber
Died at the hospital
Anna Stoltzfus, age 12=====Sarah Knepp
Lena Miller, age 8 and Mary Miller, age 7====the sisters who died in the movie, forget their names
The little sisters of the girls who were killed do not necessarily match up with the stories of the siblings of the girls who were actually killed.
Marian Fisher had a younger sister named Barbie (age 10) who very well could have been the basis for the character of Katie Graber, but Barbie was actually wounded in the massacre and had volunteered to take the 2nd bullett after her sister. The fact that Katie escaped unharmed is just a small change, and she could still be the basis for that character. The Fisher sisters also had six other siblings who were not in the movie possibly for convienience sake
Anna Stoltzfus had a sister named Sarah who survived the attack, but they werethe same age. I have no evidence if they were actually twins, but they were both listed as age 12 at the time of the shooting. This could be the basis for Rebecca Knepp, but it appears very loose.
I found nothing on the parents of the children, I'm assuming the dramatization of Mrs. Graber was merely for the purpose of the movie.
The names Fisher, Stoltzfus and Miller seem to be very common throughout the community (many maiden names, etc.) there was another Stoltzfus girl who was wounded but not a sister to Anna or Sarah.
Does anybody else have any info on this topic that they'd like to add?