Law in Popular Culture

Taboo But True: 'Savage Grace'

Were it not based on an actual crime, Savage Grace might seem too bizarre a story to merit belief.

But the 1972 murder of socialite Barbara Baekeland, who was married to a dissolute heir to the Bakelite plastics fortune, actually happened, and Julianne Moore’s performance in the new movie, as a mother involved in an incestuous relationship with her son, is superb, writes the London Times.

“For all of us, there are boundaries in the way we behave with each other,” Moore, 47, tells the Los Angeles Times in an interview about the movie. “The thing that was so shocking to me was that they just didn’t abide by any of them, ever.”

Additional coverage:

Daily Mail (part one): “Fatal Seduction: How a society millionairess seduced her own son to ‘cure’ him of being gay… and paid with her life”

Daily Mail (part two): “How a society beauty was finally murdered by the gay son she had seduced”

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