On Sunday, July 26, 2009, Diane Schuler left the campgrounds in upstate New York where she was vacationing with her family and set off toward home on Long Island, a drive she had made numerous times before. With her were five young children: her son, daughter, and three nieces. Four hours later, she drove the wrong way on the Taconic State Parkway for nearly two miles – eventually crashing into an oncoming SUV, killing herself and seven others. One of the worst motor-vehicle accidents in New York State history, the tragedy quickly became national news and her actions on that day, and in the past, were thrust under a microscope in a desperate search for answers.
In the aftermath, Diane Shuler was portrayed as a reckless drunk and a mother who cracked. But was she the monster the public made her out to be? Or the perfect wife and mother described by many who knew her.
Filmmaker Liz Garbus (the Oscar®-nominated “The Farm: Angola, USA”; HBO’s “Bobby Fischer Against the World”) explores this puzzling tragedy through interviews with never-before-heard witnesses and with Diane’s friends , as well as chronicling what transpired minute-by-minute. There’s Something Wrong with Aunt Diane reveals a complex and complicated case that has left those involved still really wondering what happened to Aunt Diane.