Behind 'Changeling,' A Tale Too Strange For Fiction In 1928, a 9-year-old boy disappeared — and when the police "discovered" him, his mother said they had the wrong boy. Screenwriter J. Michael Straczynski fills in NPR's Elizabeth Blair on the sad and sordid story that inspired his new film.
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Behind 'Changeling,' A Tale Too Strange For Fiction

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Behind 'Changeling,' A Tale Too Strange For Fiction

Behind 'Changeling,' A Tale Too Strange For Fiction

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Mother and murderer: Christine Collins, whose son disappeared in 1928 and was never found, is pictured with Gordon Stewart Northcott, who may have killed him. hide caption

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Mother and murderer: Christine Collins, whose son disappeared in 1928 and was never found, is pictured with Gordon Stewart Northcott, who may have killed him.

Straczynski's film Changeling focuses in part on the battle of wills between Collins (Angelina Jolie) and J.J. Jones (Jeffrey Donovan), a police captain who locates a boy he says is Collins' son — despite Collins' insistence that he's not. Tony Rivetti Jr./Universal Studios hide caption

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Straczynski's film Changeling focuses in part on the battle of wills between Collins (Angelina Jolie) and J.J. Jones (Jeffrey Donovan), a police captain who locates a boy he says is Collins' son — despite Collins' insistence that he's not.

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Screenwriter J. Michael Straczynski, a former journalist, heard about Collins' story from a onetime City Hall source — but at first didn't believe the saga of personal tragedy and police-department chicanery could possibly be true. Tony Rivetti Jr./Universal Studios hide caption

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Screenwriter J. Michael Straczynski, a former journalist, heard about Collins' story from a onetime City Hall source — but at first didn't believe the saga of personal tragedy and police-department chicanery could possibly be true.

Tony Rivetti Jr./Universal Studios

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