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Sins of the Preacher (2013)

Murder in a Small Town (original title)
After the apparent suicide of her daughter, a woman tries to prove that her son-in-law killed her.

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Susan Parker
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Andrew Martin
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Wade Thompson
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Brianna Daniels
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Debbie Martin
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George Wilder
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Heather Martin
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Kristy Martin
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When beloved Debbie Martin commits suicide, her preacher husband Andrew grieves alongside the whole town and especially Debbie's mom, Susan. But then moments long forgotten and incidents about Andrew's strange behavior start bubbling to the surface. At first Susan doesn't want to believe them, but when mounting evidence can no longer be denied, she has to admit that she now believes Andrew killed Debbie and sets out to prove it. And so begins a battle that eventually tears the town apart. Inspired by a true story. Written by Anonymous

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He thought his dark secrets were buried. She brought them to light.


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The picture of Debbie Martin at the funeral was a picture from the actress' real photo shoot. See more »

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Andrew Martin: [Susan gets out of car at Andrew's house and closes door while Andrew has boxes] Oh, hi, Susan, how are you? I'd give ya a hug, but I got my hands kinda full here.
Susan Parker: Oh, that's alright. I just wanted to drop this off and see how you and the girls are.
Andrew Martin: Oh, we're just fine. Just fine. You really don't need to come over and check up on us.
Susan Parker: I'm not... checking up on you, Andrew. Are - I want to see the girls; are they home?
Andrew Martin: Oh, they're with friends.
Susan Parker: Alright. I'll... I'll come back tomorrow.
Andrew Martin: You know, ...
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Love Trumps Evil
12 October 2014 | by (Texas) – See all my reviews

This is one of the rare Lifetime movies that I've watched more than once. It's by no means a mystery -- as another reviewer mentions, the movie shows us at the very start that the victim's preacher-husband is not being straight with the EMTs he calls after supposedly finding his wife dead in their bedroom. I approve of that directing choice. We all know that, most of the time, "the husband did it." So instead of a Whodunnit, "Sins of the Preacher" becomes more of a Howdunnit.

What really happened to Debbie, and will her mother, cousin, and aunt manage to prove it in a court of law?

That may be the aspect I most like about this film. Obviously, a murdered-woman film cannot have a "happy" ending, especially not one based on a true story. And yet we see a great deal of female strength and determination as Debbie's family investigates her death after the police too quickly rule it a suicide. The title of my review, "Love Trumps Evil," refers to the contribution of another helpful woman off- screen. In too many of these stories, the family never even gets closure of a body. This family, while it can't get their loved one back, at least has that.

I also appreciated that, while the preacher is obviously hypocritical, religion itself is not vilified, unless you see the Bible's bit about wives submitting to their husbands as leading too directly to Debbie's death. All the women in Debbie's family are seriously religious (though her mother understandably has her questioning-God moment at one point). The preacher doesn't end up seeming like he represents all Christians.

If you like this movie, I recommend you read the book on which it is based: Deadly Little Secrets, by Kathryn Casey. You'll end up even more frustrated with the bumbling police and judge. And the preacher ends up seeming even more evil, especially as pertains to the suspicious circumstances under which his daughter died. There are even more levels of sins from this preacher!


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