Clint Eastwood sought to make ‘a real woman’s film’ out of a true horror story with ‘Changeling.’

 

A few years ago, J. Michael Straczynski, a one-time journalist who had become an established writer on television shows like "Babylon 5," got a call from an old source at Los Angeles City Hall. They were burning old records, the man said, and there was something he should see before it got tossed into the incinerator. 

Straczynski rushed downtown, where he was handed a transcript of a City Council welfare hearing in the long-forgotten case of Christine Collins, a single mother whose 9-year-old son Walter went missing in 1928. 

"I was astonished to see what had happened, what this woman had endured," he says.

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