Originally Posted by jackdavinci
So why did the kid claim to be hers? Who was the kids actually? What happened to her and the kid in the end? Was there anything found out about her son, or was it just assumed that he was killed by the chicken coop murderer because it's a convenient coincidence?
In real life, the kid was a runaway from Illinois who wanted to get to California so he could get into the movie industry (cite
). I don't know what happens in the movie, but I imagine pressure from the LAPD was also part of it.
I'm not sure where the fake boy (Billy Fields) went in the end. Christine continued to believe her son was alive and kept searching for him all her life.
The actual killer, Gordon Stewart Northcott, confessed to killing Walter Collins but later recanted. He was hanged for three other murders, so unless we turn up any new evidence we'll probably never know what happened to the boy.