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Echoes in the Darkness 

Unrated | | Drama | TV Mini-Series (1987)
Based on the true life story that took place in 1979, this movie follows the murders of Susan Reinert and her two children in Upper Merion Township in Pennsylvania, a case that lasted seven years.




Nominated for 1 Golden Globe. Another 3 nominations. See more awards »


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Complete series cast summary:
Peter Coyote ...  William Bradfield Jr. 2 episodes, 1987
Stockard Channing ...  Susan Reinert 2 episodes, 1987
Robert Loggia ...  Jay Smith 2 episodes, 1987
Peter Boyle ...  Sgt. Joe Van Nort 2 episodes, 1987
Cindy Pickett ...  Sue Myers 2 episodes, 1987
Gary Cole ...  Jack Holtz 2 episodes, 1987
Zeljko Ivanek ...  Vince Valaitis 2 episodes, 1987
Alex Hyde-White ...  Chris Pappas 2 episodes, 1987
Treat Williams ...  Rick Guida 2 episodes, 1987
Vincent Irizarry ...  Montione 2 episodes, 1987
Philip Bosco ...  Judge Garb 2 episodes, 1987
Brenda Bazinet ...  Lynn Reinert 2 episodes, 1987
Diane D'Aquila Diane D'Aquila ...  Pat Schnure 2 episodes, 1987
Tony De Santis ...  Lou De Santis 2 episodes, 1987
Patricia Hamilton ...  Dorothy Hunsberger 2 episodes, 1987
Susannah Hoffmann Susannah Hoffmann ...  Beth Ann 2 episodes, 1987
Alan Jordan Alan Jordan ...  Ken Reinert 2 episodes, 1987
Isabelle Mejias ...  Shelly 2 episodes, 1987
Eugene Clark ...  Proctor Nowell 2 episodes, 1987
Richard Comar Richard Comar ...  Matt Mullin 2 episodes, 1987
Scot Denton Scot Denton ...  Joshua Lock 2 episodes, 1987
Jayne Eastwood ...  Betty Vannort 2 episodes, 1987
David Ferry ...  Don Reddin 2 episodes, 1987
Chuck Shamata ...  Costopoulos 2 episodes, 1987


Based on the true life story that took place in 1979, this movie follows the murders of Susan Reinert and her two children in Upper Merion Township in Pennsylvania, a case that lasted seven years.

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Release Date:

1 November 1987 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Domen See more »

Filming Locations:

Toronto, Ontario, Canada


Box Office


$5,000,000 (estimated)
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New World Television See more »
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Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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As of March 2012, the children (or their bodies) have not been found. See more »


Jack Holtz: What kids...?
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This was a difficult thing to watch...
26 October 2004 | by yellowroselgkSee all my reviews

My step-father was Ken Reinert, and Karen and Michael were my step-brother and step-sister. My mother married Ken in the early/mid 70's and we became a family, with Karen & Michael spending the weekends and holidays with us. This movie was intense, very emotional, yet ran smoothly, and I still remember sitting in the TV room with Ken, Lynn, my little brother, Wayne, and myself week after week, watching the story of our lives played for all the world to see. It was very hard on my now X-step-father, Ken, and it took many years, a divorce,growing close with my brother,and a new loving girlfriend for him to find true happiness. I know from monthly communicating and seeing him for many years (since his divorce from my mother), that he died happy and in peace with his life finally after all of these years. My brother and I still speak of him often and the one question we don't know that will ever be answered is: "What did Dad marinate his porkloins in that made them taste so good (he was a chef)???"

It was a very impressively directed movie. It was kept clean, as opposed to the graphics that Joseph Wambaugh wrote about in his book. Like my mother stated above in her comment, feel free to contact myself if you have any questions. I actually didn't know there were websites concerning the murders. Thanks for reading this & have a great day! Thanks for caring about our family.

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