God Knows Where I Am

God Knows Where I Am

Mon, 10/15/2018 - 10:00pm - 11:59pm

Apples on the table of the abandoned farmhouse

Courtesy of Wider Film Projects

The story of Linda Bishop, a well-educated mother diagnosed with severe bipolar disorder with psychosis, who was intermittently incarcerated and homeless. 

Her body was found on May 3, 2008 in an abandoned New Hampshire farmhouse.Found beside the body, lay a diary that documents a journey of starvation and the loss of sanity, but told with poignance, beauty, humor, and spirituality. God Knows Where I Am premieres Monday, October 15, 2018 at 10 p.m. on WXXI-TV. The two-hour documentary traces the events leading up to Bishop’s hospitalization and investigates the final months of her life following her discharge.

Through interviews with family, friends, medical and legal professionals involved with Bishop’s case, as well as readings from Bishop’s journal entries by Golden Globe-winning actress Lori Singer (FootlooseShort Cuts), these intimate accounts of Bishop’s experience raise questions about society’s treatment of people with mental health conditions and those who are displaced, exposing systemic failures to protect those who cannot protect themselves.

Family members began to notice a drastic change in Bishop’s behavior beginning in 1999, after leaving her job at a restaurant in Rochester, New Hampshire, because she believed she was being followed by the Chinese mafia. Linda Bishop, a prisoner of her own mind, survived on apples and rain water, waiting for God to save her, during one of the coldest winters on record. As her story unfolds from different perspectives, including her own, we learn about our systemic failure to protect those who cannot protect themselves.