The Minds of Madness - True Crime Stories

In 2014, Iana Kasian left war-torn Kiev, Ukraine and immigrated to sunny Los Angeles, California to build a new life for herself. Shortly after arriving, she met the man of her dreams......or so she thought. A wealthy screenwriter and graphic novelist who showered her with gifts and promised her the world with a hidden and very disturbing dark side.  

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The Minds Of Madness Theme Music – Duncan Foster

The Funkoars – Feel The Madness

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