‘Perfect Sisters’: Lifetime To Air True Story Of Deadly Sisters Who Drowned Drunk Mother, Linda Andersen, In Bathtub

Perfect Sisters is a 2014 movie that will premiere on the Lifetime Channel this Saturday. Based on the true story of Elizabeth Andersen and her killers, Sandra and Elizabeth Andersen, Perfect Sisters tells the story of a single mom with an alcohol problem who ends up murdered by her own two daughters. According to Village Voice, the movie is directed by Stanley M. Brooks and written by Fab Filippo and Adam Till. It is based on the book by Bob Mitchell, The Class Project: How to Kill a Mother: The True Story of Canada’s Infamous Bathtub Girls. Perfect Sisters stars Abigail Breslin, Georgie Henley, and Mira Sorvino, according to the Internet Movie Database (IMDB).

Perfect Sisters: Lifetime Movie Synopsis

Linda Andersen wants desperately to be the perfect mom. But, things are tough on the single mother as she tries to raise two daughters. There is hope when Linda gets the opportunity to move to a better place, convinced that their lives will change for the better. However, their hopes for a better life are crushed after Linda loses her job and begins drinking heavily again. On top of that, Linda has a new boyfriend who is violent and abusive. This time her daughters, Beth and Sandra are not having it and come up with the perfect way to have the perfect life by killing their mother.

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Perfect Sisters Movie Cast Info, According To The Internet Movie Database (IMDB)

Actress Mira Sorvino

“Made her acting debut on an episode of Law & Order (1990) (which at that time starred her father, Paul Sorvino). Although her scene was cut, she still earned a Screen Actors Guild Card for her trouble. However, what forever cemented her role in popular culture was her performance as charmingly silly California beach girl Romy White in Romy and Michele’s High School Reunion (1997), in which she and co-star Lisa Kudrow utter one hilarious absurdity after another. Mira Sorvino married Christopher Backus on June 11, 2004, and the couple have four children.”

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Actress Abigail Breslin

“Academy Award-nominated actress Abigail Breslin is one of the most sought-after actors of her generation. Her unique and charismatic talents have contributed to her versatile roles in both comedy and drama. Most recently, Breslin starred in the first season of the horror-comedy series, “Scream Queens” opposite Emma Roberts, Lea Michele and Jamie Lee Curtis. Next, Breslin will star in the coveted role of “Baby” in ABC/Lionsgate’s recreation of the pop-culture classic, ‘Dirty Dancing.'”

The Twisted True Story Of Beth And Sandra Andersen

The killers known as Elizabeth and Sandra Andersen murdered their mother, Linda Andersen, by drowning her in a bathtub in Mississauga, Ontario, Canada, in 2003. The Investigation Discovery documentary Deadly Women reenacted their case in the episode titled “Teen Killers.” In that episode, the names were listed as Sandra and Beth Andersen, and their mother was named Shirley.

The real names were hidden from the public under Canadian law, which sealed their identities since they committed the crime while under the age of 18. Authorities say that the bathtub killers wanted their mom dead so they could live the good life after cashing in on their mother’s insurance policy. Some who knew the real mother say that she did the best that she could with what she had. Linda Andersen was a single mother with limited resources. She was also an alcoholic.

The girls resented her for not having a pool, a nice home, or expensive clothes like the other kids from school. They blamed it on her use of alcohol, which they believed made her incapable of finding a good job that paid well.

It wasn’t until a friend came forward and agreed to record the chilling confession that Elizabeth and Sandra Andersen were connected to their mother’s death. They were convicted and sentenced to just 10 years in prison. After four years, they were released on parole.

For many years, their identity was kept secret, until curious readers began doing their own investigation, tracking down the court records. The person who found out their real names boasts about it on her blog and on a YouTube page. Wikipedia also has a link to the name of the real victim.

More Details In The True Story

  • Today, the real girls are in their twenties.
  • After they were released from prison, they went off to college with one studying Law.
  • All of their friends knew about the murder and kept it a secret.
  • The girls giggled in court during the showing of the autopsy photos.
  • People who knew the killers say they were extremely smart.
  • With the money from the insurance policy, they planned to buy a house, a marijuana farm, and go on lavish vacations with their friends.

The movie stayed true to most of the facts but included a sympathetic component, something that Bob Mitchell believed failed to show how deliberate and calculated their actions were, he stated in an interview, according to City News.

“The main reason for the murder was their mother’s insurance policy. If you didn’t know the whole story, the movie comes across as these poor girls, basically, who were pushed to the limit and this is how they figured out how to get out of it, but then in the end they get caught. I don’t think the movie dealt with how cold-blooded and calculating they were.”

However, the producers for the movie wanted to show that though they did bad thing, there were also reasons for it.

Some confuse this case with the African American case of two twin daughters, Jasmiyah and Tasmiyah, who stabbed their mother, Jarmecca Nikki Whitehead, to death and left her dead in the bathtub.

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Watch Perfect Sisters this Saturday, August 13 at 7 p.m. on Lifetime Television. Below, take a look at the movie trailer.

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