Kara Robinson



On February 11th, the famous Kara Robinson story was made into a movie called The Girl Who Escaped: The Kara Robinson Story. The film stars Katie Douglas, an actress who also appeared in the Netflix series Ginny and Georgia. The film is about the story of Kara Robinson and her escape from her kidnapper. The film is available on Lifetime, Hulu, and for rent on Amazon Prime.

Kara Robinson grew up in West Columbia, South Carolina. When Kara was 15 years old she was standing in her best friend’s driveway, watering the flowers, when a man, in a button down and jeans with a baseball cap, pulled into the driveway offering pamphlets. He began asking if her parents were home and she explained she was at her friend’s house. He then held her at gunpoint and demanded she come with him. He made her squeeze into a plastic container in his backseat and kidnapped her. Kara was taken to his home. Richard Evonitz was the name of her kidnapper. Evnitz was a 38-year-old serial killer who had previously killed at least 3 victims. He had murdered sisters Kristin and Kati Lisk in 1997 and Sofia Silva in 1996. She spent 18 hours in captivity and managed to escape. She notified the police and they managed to track down Evonitz to Sarasota, Florida and went on to tell her story.

In 2019 she participated in a Lifetime special, Smart Justice: The Jayme Closs Case where she joined five other survivors to show support to a fellow young survivor, Jayme Closs. This experience opened up Kara’s eyes and she began sharing her story and speaking out by creating a documentary, Escaping Captivity: The Kara Robinson Story. Kara Robinson is now an advocate for trauma survivors, has a website that spreads hope and awareness for survivors, and uses social media to spread hope for survivors.