The first line of the Netflix movie Only Mine declares that it is based on a true story. The final line of the movie is then revealed:
“Laura Kucera was abducted in 1995, shot in the head, and left to perish. She survived. Even today, her assailant is still incarcerated.
This movie is dedicated to Laura and other abuse victims worldwide.
Julie Dillon experiences torture at the hands of a cunning police officer in the movie.
In the end, the officer shoots Julie, but she survives and later takes the officer’s life in retaliation. Does the movie resemble Laura Kucera’s narrative? Actually, no.
Laura Kucera passed just a year after surviving two headshots from firearms
Laura obtained a protection order from her controlling ex-boyfriend, Brian Anderson, in the mid-1990s.
Unhappy, Anderson grabbed Laura, shot her three times in the shoulder and twice in the back of the skull, then left her for dead in a ditch.
Four days passed while Laura lay unconscious in a ditch until Brian had a change of heart and called the police to find her body.
According to The Los Angeles Times, a court gave Brian a sentence of up to 125 years in jail. Judge Maurice J. Redmond of Nebraska described Brian as a bully and a coward.
Laura somehow made it through the gunshot and partially regained the use of her arms. She had also rediscovered how to walk, albeit very awkwardly.
Sadly, Kucera was killed in an automobile accident in September 1995. Laura died, according to the Los Angeles Times, after her car “went off a dirt road into a ditch and rolled.”
When the incident happened, Kucera was traveling to see her grandma.
Only Mine can only claim to be loosely based on Laura’s ordeal because of this. There are significant contradictions in the movie that don’t line up with Laura Kucera’s tale.
To begin with, Laura’s abuser was an ex-con who had served 30 days in jail for breaking a no-contact order, not a police officer.
Julie, the victim in the movie, was also shot in the back and leg. Shot in the head and shoulder, Kucera was then dumped in a ditch.
Although Julie suffered serious injuries, they were nothing compared to Kucera.
When the police discovered Laura, she was unconscious, but Julie awakened herself and killed her abuser in retaliation.
The legal system made sure Kucera received justice even though she didn’t exact retribution on her attempted murderer.