The movie A Killer Among Friends starring Patty Duke and Tiffani Amber Thissen is based on the case of Michelle Avila aka Missy Avila. Missy Avila was murdered by her two best friends, Karen Severson and Laura Doyle in 1985. They lured her to a secluded location, and she was beaten and murdered by holding her under water with a log. There is also a book on which the movie is based called "Missy's Murder." The movie first came to tv in 1992 as a made for tv movie of the week.