There's Something Wrong With Aunt Diane
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As the story unfolds, we realize that this story is less about a mystery and more about the power of denial. Diane's husband and sister insist that while she drank "sometimes," she "would never do that when she had to drive." We learn that yes, she smoked pot from time to time, "when the laundry was folded and put away and the kids were asleep, never when she was with the kids....it was mainly to get her a good night's sleep..."
Before the accident, Diane is seen on a convenience store security camera wandering around before returning to her car packed with children- was she trying to buy medication for a migraine? We'll never know. What we do know is that the blood tests taken on her after the accident reveal elevated alcohol and marijuana levels. Diane's relatives don't believe the report- must be some mistake. So they demand a retest, which reveals the same thing. They still don't believe it- "what are we supposed to do now?" They meet with an expert on the subject- "could the tests be flawed, could it be the result of a stroke from an abscessed tooth?" No. "Should we dig up her body and have her tested again?"
By the end of the documentary, we realize that Diane's family will simply not be convinced that Diane was in any way responsible for the accident, which occurred after Diane drove her minivan 1.7 miles at 70 MPH in the wrong direction, in the fast lane, in almost straight line, before colliding with another car (and killing everyone in that other car.Read more ›
Let me tell you a little about blackouts. It's like flipping a switch - one second you are fully aware of your surroundings, the next second you are in another space and time. It's instantaneous. That's why she can appear normal at the gas station and within 30 minutes be driving the wrong way on the freeway. During a blackout your body still functions - but you are no longer in charge. One can speak, eat, even drive - but 'you' are gone. Your body is going through the motions, but there is someone/something else in control. Unfortunately, this someone/something else doesn't always get it quite right. So in her blackout state, she was able to drive and stay in one lane - but there was no awareness of right way or wrong way. The 'normal' world no longer existed for her.
Her family can deny all they want, but take it from someone who knows - she blacked out. And in this blackout state, her usual sense of awareness, consciousness, morality and mortality no longer existed - and it was in this state that she killed eight people.
Jay declares that as far as she knew, Diane only smoked pot very occasionally, at bedtime to help her sleep. Then Jay lights up a cigarette for the camera and says with a little chuckle that no one knows she smokes. Hmm.
While Bryan pages through the special photo album Daddy made for him, there is a photo of his deceased sister Erin holding a beer bottle. Nice.
Then, these two sit at a table with Dr. Werner Spitz, one of the most respected forensic pathologist of his time, and after he kindly explains to them that he finds the pathology reports on Diane to be correct, they ask him with straight faces if he feels there may have been a mistake and if they should have her body exhumed. He looks at them as if to say, "You're kidding, right?"
Most telling of all, at the end of the movie, Bryan and Daniel walk along together in what is supposed to be a warm father son moment, but when Daniel reaches for Bryan's hand, his son swats it away.
There is no justification for what Diane Schuler did, whatever her reasons were, or whatever happened. But all I am sensing from the Schuler family is a truckload of guilt, and a king size case of denial.
My heart goes out to the Hances, the Bastardis, the Longos, and to Bryan Schuler.
Like others here, I agree that the documentary was disorganized, out of sequence, and repetitive. Many obvious questions were never asked, or glossed over. And way too much time was spent on "filler" like arial shots of freeways, road travel, driving through through neighborhoods and past road signs. Time that I wished was spent addressing more details of the story. Such as: what occurred at the gas station. What exactly did Diane say to the clerk? Couldn't they have interviewed the cashier at Sunoco, or quoted the police report on it? She pulled up to the pump; did she actually purchase gas and pay for it? Considering they played the footage so many times, I found it odd that the documentary gave so few details of what took place during the stop.
Rather than all that filler-footage, I would have liked more actual details about the camping trip, the rest stop, and accident. No interviews or details from other campers, about whether Diane and Daniel were fighting, or partying all night? Was it planned that they were going to be the only adults there? Or the other parents cancelled last minute? Why didn't one or two kids ride in the truck with the Dad?Read more ›
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It was realistic because it gave us a timeline of the events that occurred prior to this tragic accident. Read morePublished 15 hours ago by Dave,L
SWatched this on PBS a long time ago. Very sad. Wonder if we will ever really know what happened there. So tragic.Published 16 hours ago by Lynda M. Dawson
Very sad story. Clearly something wrong , but will never know what truly happened to make Diane act this way.Published 21 hours ago by Christie
Sad 💔 but good Documentary. It opened a door to really see the problem with drinking in suburbia. Heart wrenchingPublished 2 days ago by Amazon Customer
documentry, unresolved at the ending was disappointing to mePublished 2 days ago by Amazon Customer
Shocked this is done by HBO, whose documentaries are usually on-point. However, this one was practically unbearable to watch - could have shaved off 30 minutes. Read morePublished 7 days ago by SusieQNY
The film attempts to explore an accident as a mystery but there is very little mystery to resolve. Found myself very disappointed about 1/2 way into the film and nothing happened... Read morePublished 8 days ago by Bobby Trivedi