You will see it on other blogs and Wikepedia later, they always wait for me to do the research and they repost it. lol. Remember, you read it here first.
I have finally found and confirmed the basis for this movie. The Killing Secret also known as The Secret is based on the story of Emily Jeanette Garcia. Emily was brutally murdered in 1993 in Texas.
In my opinion, the movie is only "inspired by actual events" because there are so many facts that have been changed. Oddly though, the producers chose to keep the first name "Emily" the same which is so rare. There was not a lot of coverage on the case. There were some initial articles when the body was found, but not much about the case after that. Unlike in the movie, there was never a conviction in the case. This case is still open. I am glad the producers did not leave us hanging on at the end, but at the same time I am extremely disappointed to learn that this case has not been solved. There are so many theories flying around about this case. Some of which the family has chosen to keep private. There are many facts in the case that I am not able to reprint according to the family because they do not want it to hinder the investigation further. I have decided instead to direct you to the family website. The information there is extensive. Please read through the case load. Perhaps someone out there will know something. I will say this. The movie as you see it is what the family feels happened in the real case, except for the conviction. The family had no idea there had been a movie made about the case at all. The mother (at the time) does not have internet access or cable and had not spoken to anyone about the case except for a few psychics, police, and family. Someone very very close to the case released some very intimate clues, which you will find in the movie. I was hoping I could bring you more info without having to just direct you to the site, but since the case is still open it is better just to post a link.