Gone in the Night

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Gone in the Night
Genre Drama
Written by Brian L. Ross
David Protess (book)
Rob Warden (book)
Directed by Bill L. Norton
Starring Shannen Doherty
Kevin Dillon
Ed Asner
Dixie Carter
Music by Joseph Conlan
Country of origin United States
Original language(s) English
Executive producer(s) Joel Fields
Leonard Hill
Producer(s) Bernadette Caulfield
Ardythe Goergens
Susan Rosner (associate producer)
Cinematography Robert Draper
Editor(s) Mark W. Rosenbaum
Running time 190 minutes
Production company(s) Hill-Fields Entertainment
Distributor CBS
Original network CBS
Original release February 25, 1996

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 10, 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 the 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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