Gone in the Night

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Gone in the Night
Directed by Bill L. Norton
Written by Brian L. Ross
David Protess (book)
Rob Warden (book)
Starring Shannen Doherty
Kevin Dillon
Ed Asner
Dixie Carter
Distributed by CBS
Release dates
February 25, 1996
Running time
190 minutes
Country United States
Language English

Gone in the Night is a 1996 American television movie about the Jaclyn Dowaliby murder case, with Shannen Doherty and Kevin Dillon as Cynthia and David Dowaliby.

The Dowaliby Case[edit]

On September 14, 1988, 7 year-old Jaclyn Dowaliby was kidnapped from her home in the middle of the night. Two years later in 1990, Cynthia and Jaclyn's stepfather David Dowaliby went on trial for the murder of their daughter. However, Cynthia was acquitted by the judge on grounds of insufficient evidence, but David was tried and convicted of his daughter's death. His conviction came partly because the jury was shown photographs of a closet door, with fist holes in it. It was later proven that this damage happened before David even moved into the house.

In 1991 David's conviction was overturned when the Illinois Appellate Court reversed conviction outright, holding that the evidence against him had been no more probative than that against his wife. The murder of Jaclyn remains unsolved.


  • Shannen Doherty as Cynthia "Cindi" Dowaliby
  • Kevin Dillon as David Dowaliby
  • Ed Asner as Detective John Waters
  • Dixie Carter as Ann Dowaliby
  • James Anthony as Detective Foley
  • Jeanne Averill as Debbie Sanborn
  • Michael Brandon as David Protess
  • Billy Burke as Rob Kinney
  • Kevin Brief as Terry Summers
  • Devon Arielle Cahill as Jaclyn Dowaliby
  • Walter Coppage as Hugh Gordon
  • Trina Creighton as Kristi Carter
  • Ellen Dubin as Mary Ann Brown
  • Brett Murray as Davey Dowaliby
  • Sarah Phipps a nurse extra

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