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Murder Ordained (1987)

TV Movie  |   |  Crime, Drama  |  3 May 1987 (USA)
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Based on the true story of a bedroom-eyed Kansas preacher who decided that getting rid of his wife, and his secretary's husband, was the will of the Lord.



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Cast overview, first billed only:
Trooper John Rule
Lorna Anderson
Bobbi Birk
Mike Buckley
Martin Anderson
Ronald Stark
Hugh Rayburn
Annabella Price ...
Sandy Bird
Nancy Horst
Vern Humphrey
Tom Bird
Loraine Rule
Bruce Linton
Lorna's Friend


This is the story of a minister who's feeling unhappy in his marriage who then has an affair with a church employee, who is also married, and who also has affairs, and whose husband is unwilling to divorce her. One day the minister's wife is found dead, in what appears to be an auto accident, but the highway patrolman who investigated the accident doesn't think that it's an accident but doesn't have enough evidence to justify an investigation. Later, when the woman's husband is killed an investigation begins. Written by <>

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3 May 1987 (USA)  »

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Based on events in Emporia, Kansas, from 1983 to 1987. Lorna Anderson was paroled in 2007; Tom Bird was paroled in 2004--and announced his intention to work as a marriage counselor. See more »

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2 April 2006 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

I went to college at Emporia State and actually had classes with someone involved with the case. After watching the movie it made it seem more real and close to home. I would recommend it to those who think all religious people are perfect. This one goes to show even the mighty can fall. The city still has not gotten over the popularity and close knit ties that are still there in Emporia. The movie was a sore spot to a lot of people and to mention anything about the case will draw a lot of undue attention. The places are real and accurate except for the offices where the Sheriff Dept is. I would recommend this movie because it is accurate to a point and very real and really happened.

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