Hollywood Turns True Crime Tale into TV Movie – Gone Mom: The Disappearance of Jennifer Dulos

Jennifer Dulos

Gone Mom: The Disappearance of Jennifer Dulos is a Lifetime TV movie based on the real life story of Jennifer Dulos, the wealthy mother-of-five from Connecticut, who mysteriously vanished.

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Jennifer Dulos

Rich-born Jennifer Dulos left her life as a struggling writer behind when she married Fotis Dulos, a Greek expat she knew when they were both at Brown University. Then one day, Jennifer vanishes.

On May 24 2019, 50 year old Jennifer Dulos went missing after dropping her children off at school. Suspicions quickly directed towards her charming, yet temperamental Greek-American husband, real estate developer Fotis Dulos, with whom she was in the midst of a nasty contentious divorce and custody battle.

Authorities suspected Jennifer Dulos was killed in a violent attack at her home in New Canaan, Connecticut. Her husband Fotis Dulos and his girlfriend, Michelle Troconis, were arrested on charges tampering with evidence and hindering prosecution in connection with Jennifer’s disappearance. Later, the two along with Fotis’ attorney Kent Mawhinney, faced additional charges related to Jennifer’s murder. Fotis died by suicide in January 2020.

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Fotis Dulos – charged with murdering his wife January 2020

Lifetime TV aired its own take on the true-crime story called, Gone Mom: The Disappearance of Jennifer Dulos, starring Annabeth Gish (Sons of Anarchy, The West Wing) in the lead role. The TV movie with an all-woman team behind Gone Mom, carefully steered the approach to honour Jennifer in a dramatised take rather than sensationalised.

Gish in the title role had said “We wanted this to be through a female lens with that sensitivity and to not make it exploitative. My intention throughout has been to honour Jennifer. It’s delicate.”

The actress recounted reading the script as a ‘chilling moment’, being the same age as Jennifer and also having children, that it was a resonant topic and a compelling example of life not being as it seems when the curtain is pulled back.

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Warren Christie and Annabeth Gish as Fotis and Jennifer Dulos in Gone Mom: The Disappearance of Jennifer Dulos on Lifetime.

The disappearance of Jennifer Dulos and its aftermath:

  • Jennifer filed for divorce in 2017 and bitter custody ensued.
  • Jennifer was last seen on May 24, 2019.
  • Dulos and Troconis were captured on cameras that same night disposing of garbage bags.
  • Dulos was charged with murder in January 2020.
  • Dulos committed suicide later that month.
  • Troconis was charged with Conspiracy to Commit Murder, she pled not guilty. Out on bond, still awaiting trial and has been wearing a GPS monitoring device on her ankle since June 2019. Last month (March 2022) she lost a legal ruling when a judge denied her request to have some charges dropped in the Jennifer Dulos disappearance case.
  • Jennifer’s and Fotis’ five children remain in the custody of their grandmother.

Jennifer’s tragedy inspired “Jennifer’s Law”, proposed legislation in Connecticut broadening the definition of domestic violence abuse to further protect potential victims.

The doco-movie Gone Mom: The Disappearance of Jennifer Dulos, is available to watch on Australia’s Foxtel cable network via the Lifetime channel and in America on Lifetime TV, both are cable-pay-subscription networks.

Lifetime TV’s trailer – Gone Mom: The Disappearance of Jennifer Dulos

Fotis Dulos, charged with murdering his wife, dies after suicide attempt