On May 3, 2008, a prospective home buyer approached a charming looking farmhouse at 393 Mountain Road in Concord, New Hampshire, mere steps away from bustling Route 132. What he found when he peeked in the window while no one else was around was a decomposing body. The body belonged to that of 52-year-old Linda Bishop, a troubled lifelong area resident. When the authorities arrived, what they found in the nearly empty and dilapidated home was something akin to a procedural one might get at the police academy: an initially unidentifiable body, no signs of struggle, and a pair of deeply confessional journals that had been rigorously kept up by the victim. These journals would be the only insight police and Linda’s estranged family would have into her final days.
Documentary producers turned first time feature filmmakers Todd and Jedd Wider allow Bishop to more or less tell her own story in the stirring and heart-wrenching God Knows Where I Am. A tale of personal struggle amid America’s broken mental health care system, the film is less of a mystery and more of a look back in sorrow, regret, and love for someone who never got the treatment she deserved.
The Widers pair stunning cinematography that showcases the Concord home in fall and winter with expertly performed narration provided by actress Lori Singer. The actress steps inside Bishop so completely that it’s impossible not to sit in stunned silence listening to every word of the journals as they’re delivered. It builds to a conclusion the audience knows is coming, but also to a message that something needs to be done to help those who need it most.