A wealthy businessman is accused of murdering his wife to collect insurance money to pay gambling debts. Although his three sons initially believe his innocence, his actions and court evidence soon begin to prove otherwise.




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Complete series cast summary:
 Rob Marshall (2 episodes, 1990)
 Maria Marshall (2 episodes, 1990)
 Roby Marshall (2 episodes, 1990)
 Chris Marshall (2 episodes, 1990)
 John Marshall (2 episodes, 1990)
 Prosecutor Kelly (2 episodes, 1990)
 Sal Caccaro (2 episodes, 1990)
 Tessie McBride (2 episodes, 1990)
 Felice Richmond (2 episodes, 1990)
 Ferlin L'Heureux (2 episodes, 1990)
 Seely (2 episodes, 1990)
 Uncle Gene (2 episodes, 1990)
 Ricky Dunlap (2 episodes, 1990)
 Det. O'Brien (2 episodes, 1990)
Jake Dengel ...
 Andy Meyers (2 episodes, 1990)
 Lt. Gladstone (2 episodes, 1990)
Mary-Joan Negro ...
 Paula Caccaro (2 episodes, 1990)
Edward Wiley
(2 episodes, 1990)
 Grasso (2 episodes, 1990)
Michael Ayr ...
 Dewitt (2 episodes, 1990)
David Kagen ...
 Man (2 episodes, 1990)
 Det. Minelli (2 episodes, 1990)
Charles Stransky ...
 Det. McGuire (2 episodes, 1990)
 Hall (2 episodes, 1990)
 Uniformed Trooper (2 episodes, 1990)
Arnold Bankston
(2 episodes, 1990)
Gary Bayer ...
 Father Mulcany (2 episodes, 1990)
Mary Chalon ...
 Louise (2 episodes, 1990)
 Lawyer (2 episodes, 1990)
David Q. Combs ...
 Roger (2 episodes, 1990)
 Desk Clerk (2 episodes, 1990)
Rhonda Dotson ...
 Brenda Dunlap (2 episodes, 1990)
 Cy Porter (2 episodes, 1990)
 Judge Greenberg (2 episodes, 1990)
Aaron Lustig ...
 Medical Examiner (2 episodes, 1990)
 Kate & Gladys (2 episodes, 1990)
 Jennifer (2 episodes, 1990)
Natsuko Ohama
(2 episodes, 1990)
(2 episodes, 1990)
Marilyn Rockafellow ...
 Madge Kenyon (2 episodes, 1990)
Jimmie F. Skaggs ...
 Eggars (2 episodes, 1990)
John Howard Swain
(2 episodes, 1990)
 Eric (2 episodes, 1990)


Joe McGinnis' best-seller is brought to tv. Set in the town of Toms River, New Jersey, an insurance salesman claims his wife was attacked and killed at a deserted picnic area. However police investigation casts suspicion on the man and the ultimate trial puts his three sons in doubt of their father's innocence. Written by John Sacksteder <jsackste@bellsouth.net>

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Release Date:

1990 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Confiance aveugle  »

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(2 parts)

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Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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Did You Know?


The picnic area that Maria Marshall was killed is in Ocean County, New Jersey (between Manahawkin and Toms River). See more »


Referenced in Short Cuts (1993) See more »

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Local movie
1 October 2002 | by (Jersey shore, USA) – See all my reviews

When I was in ninth grade (1997-98), my spanish teacher told us about an incident in Bass River, New Jersey, in which a man set up the murder of his wife while en route to their home in Toms River, NJ after visiting Atlantic City. The man was having an affair with the Assistant Principal of a high school, and he arranged with her to make the killing of his wife possible. Now, I'll tell you how local this story really is. My former high school (graduated in 2001), Pinelands Regional High School, was where this principal worked. In 1984, she was arrested on school grounds for the killing of her lover's wife. Bass River Twp. (Burlington Co. border)is less than a mile from my house (southwest Ocean Co.), and I know the campground where she was killed (Bass River State Park). My Spanish teacher witnessed this woman getting arrested at my old school. The thing is, they changed the name of the school to protect it.

I just saw this movie on Sunday, and I realized how eerily local it was. The family lives in an affluent section of Toms River (I think North TR is the most affluent), and Robert Marshall is accused of having a hand in killing his wife, Maria. The movie is about the aftermath, and what the three Marshall boys, Chris, Robbie, and John Marshall go through.

What really amazes me is that this film is as local as it gets. I live about 35-40 minutes from Toms River, but I was only 2 when this incident happened, and not living in the area (I moved to Ocean County in 1985). The fact that this was centered around a principal at my own school was unbelievable, and the fact that my teacher told the story is beyond words.

While this movie was a typical movie of the week, the acting was decent, and the story was played out well. This was a famous story at my school, and I'm glad I knew about it before I saw this. If you catch this on Lifetime, I highly recommend it, especially to south Jerseyans like me, as it is local, and everyone knows almost nothing happens in south Jersey.

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