Sunday, June 16, 2013

The True Story of Brenda Geck and "Family Sins"


One of my favorite Lifetime movies is called "Family Sins," starring Kirstie Alley as Brenda Geck, the evil matriarch that we all love to hate! 

This movie is actually based on a real family, the Burt family of Pawtucket, Rhodie Island, who was led by their beloved mother, Frances Burt.  "Family Sins" is the story of Frances Burt, who was a mother to many of her own children and a foster mother to several more.  She was unspeakably cruel and abusive to her children -- mentally and emotionally tormenting them, but also physically abusive and violent with them.  She beat them and harmed them physically in many other ways, forcing them to commit crimes for her.  Younger ones were forced to shoplift items for her, and the older children were then groomed to carry out more sinister crimes as they grew, including arson, racketeering, and fraud. 

Their family kidnapped a disabled woman and kept her prisoner in their home, cashing her Social Security checks, raping her repeatedly, and forcing her live as a servant.

Frances Burt was eventually tried and convicted in 1994 of kidnapping, welfare fraud, disability fraud, extortion, sexual assault, and kidnapping.   She was sentenced to 30 years in prison, though after serving 11 years, Burt was released in June of 2001.  She is currently on probation.

Although this movie is entertaining, it also serves as a reminder that even people who seem the most perfect and "together" on the surface may be hiding their own dark secrets.  You can never judge a book by its cover!

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    1. Wtf is thisπŸ‘†πŸ‘†πŸ‘†πŸ‘†πŸ‘†πŸ‘†

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    2. Im watching the movie right now. It still breaks my heart as it did the first time i saw it. God will have his way with these sick people. I hope the children didnt suffer to much psychological damage.

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    3. What that got to do with the movie?

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  2. you need to learn how to spell the right words correctly I just read the whole post and none of it makes sense that is one of my biggest pet peeves

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    1. I couldn't understand the post either, doesn't make any sense at all

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    2. You might want to take your own advice and re-read what you wrote- grammatically speaking, of course.

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  3. So what has any of this 'spell' crap got to do with Family Sins? WTF?

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  5. burt bitch should have never been set free due to the fact of that shes a sinster socialpath very demented and dosent deserve to live at all I love the movie one of my favorites there was a lot of facts as well as sexual bullshit beatings and wtf really it just shows u that she went to any length to do and say to make herself look good I feel very sorry for the mother in the basement all them years this movie just gives serial killers ideals not just them just anyone that don't give a fuck about anybody but them selves it made her feel good to bring pain to those around her including her own kids.

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  6. I agree with the last post. She was a utter nut case and should have been made to stay in jail forever.

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  7. Being sentenced to 30 years and only serving 11yrs is crazy. This woman is crazy! But then they did say the police were her friends.

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  8. I'm watching this movie on Get-TV....I thought it was based on a true syory. I wonder where the psychopath is now??

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    1. Me too!! It is a true story. Yeah I know...

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  10. I love this movie. Where can I buy this on dvd. I can't find it anywhere.

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  11. I feel y'all that bitch should have got life in prison.

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  12. How could she get out after 11years. In the movie the judge says she will either grow very old or be very dead. Why did she not receive a 30 year sentence with no parole. She was a sick person. Kristie Alley did a good job portraying this woman.

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  13. Actually, the real story took place in Cumberland, RI, not Pawtucket

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