Willing to Kill: The Texas Cheerleader Story (1992)

TV Movie  |   |  Drama, Thriller  |  8 November 1992 (USA)
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Fact-based story of a homemaker driven by jealousy to conspire against the mother of her daughter's rival.



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Cast overview, first billed only:
Verna Heath
Shanna Harper
Amber Heath
Dale Swann
Ann Walker
Lee Chamberlin
Jack Heath
James Calvert ...
(as Jim Calvert)
Prosecuting Attorney


Fact-based story of a homemaker driven by jealousy to conspire against the mother of her daughter's rival.

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Texas "Pom Pom Mom" Gone Berserk
9 September 2005 | by (Brooklyn NY USA) – See all my reviews

(Some Spoilers) True story of Texas "Pom Pom Mom" Wanda Holloway, Lesley Ann Warren, who went as far as having her ex-con brother-in-law Terry Harper, William Forsythe, through his prison connections get a hit man to murder her 13 year-old daughters Shanna, Olivia Brunette, rival Ambers, Lauren Woodland, mom Verna Heath, Tess Harper. Wanda did this in order to get Amber so upset and thus lose the upcoming high-school cheerleader contest to Shanna.

Schocking because the reason, if there's any reason at all to have someone hit or taken out by mobsters or anyone else, is so out and out ridicules. Wanda and Verna were at first the best of friends as were their daughters but the obsession of Wanda wanting Shanna to become a cheer leader for the high school football team drove her almost to commit murder and risk life behind bars or even the death penalty. Amber being far more talented then Shanna was well on her way to get one of the two opening on the cheerleader team and Wanda in her disturbed mind felt that Amber's mom Verna was pulling strings to get her daughter one of the opening spots.

Getting in touch with Terry Wanda slyly attempts him to first get at Amber hit then when Terry told her that those who do this kind of job are very much against killing children, it's bad for business, she decides to have her mom murdered which Terry agrees to forward to his mobster friends. Terry even though he has a criminal record, for drug use and petty crimes, still has a conscience and is really a decent person goes to the police instead and has Wanda set up, by having a wire on him,that in the end has her arrested for the crime of soliciting for capital murder.

Wanda was obviously a mental case not realizing how far she was going to get her daughter Shanna a spot on the cheer-leader team. But she was shrewed enough not to leave any fingerprints and was setting Terry up to take the rap, if her plan fell apart, by doing all the work to have the hit done. The only bright spot in this whole sordid affair was that the two girls, Shanna and Amber, remained friends throughout not realizing how crazy Shanna's mom Wanda was.

Verna was more then helpful to Wanda's young daughter Shanna in getting her on the cheer-leader team, even at the expense of her daughter Amber, and didn't look at Amber being on the team as a life and death issue like Wanda did. Wanda ended up being convicted but the conviction was thrown out, due to one of the jurors not revealing a drug conviction. Wanda was later re-tried where she did received a fifteen year sentence which she served only ten months doing community service and the rest of the sentence 14 1/2 years, which she's still serving, on probation.

Murder is the most serious of all crimes but in cases like this,the attempted cheer leader murder, it shows that those who commit or attempt it aren't the best and the brightest of all criminals.

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