By | October 24, 2020

Is Death Of A Cheerleader 2019 real story?

The movie is based on the real-life case of cheerleader Kirsten Costas, who was stabbed to death by her jealous classmate Bernadette Protti.

Death Of A Cheerleader 2019 “is inspired by Randall Sullivan’s Rolling Stone article of the same name about the real-life murder of a popular, affluent and beautiful Northern California high school cheerleader at the hand of a classmate,” as Lifetime described it.

Kirsten Costas, a 15-year-old teen living in the small suburban California town of Orinda, was stabbed to death by her classmate Bernadette Protti, then also 15, on June 23, 1984.

Both were members of the swim team, but Costas was reportedly much more popular than Protti, according to the Associated Press in 1984. While Costas made the cheerleading team, Protti didn’t. Rivalry was reportedly a motive.

Protti told police she killed her because “I was afraid she was going to tell people I was weird,” according to a 1985 Los Angeles Times article. It took police six months to determine that Protti was the killer. After that determination was made, she said,

“Do I have to go back to Miramonte [High School]? I can’t live if it is known. I would rather die,” according to CNN.

She was convicted in 1985 and sentenced to a maximum of seven years behind bars and was released from prison on parole in 1992 at the age of 23. She has since reportedly changed her name.

An affluent varsity cheerleader stabbed to death by her less-popular classmate in a fit of rage and jealousy? It sounds like the premise of a Lifetime movie (and, well, it is!) but it’s also a story so shocking that it has to be true—mostly. Yes, cult film “Death Of A Cheerleader” is based on a true crime story


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