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Murder Ordained (1987)

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.

Director:

Mike Robe

Writers:

Mike Robe, James Steven Sadwith (teleplay) (as James Sadwith) | 1 more credit »
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Nominated for 1 Primetime Emmy. Another 1 win & 1 nomination. See more awards »

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Keith Carradine ... Trooper John Rule
JoBeth Williams ... Lorna Anderson
Kathy Bates ... Bobbi Birk
Guy Boyd ... Mike Buckley
Terence Knox ... Martin Anderson
Darrell Larson ... Ronald Stark
John Goodman ... Hugh Rayburn
Annabella Price Annabella Price ... Sandy Bird
Robert Harper ... Warren
Margot Rose Margot Rose ... Nancy Horst
M. Emmet Walsh ... Vern Humphrey
Terry Kinney ... Tom Bird
Anne E. Curry ... Loraine Rule
Bruce French ... Bruce Linton
Lee Garlington ... Lorna's Friend
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Storyline

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 <rcs0411@yahoo.com>

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Genres:

Crime | Drama

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

3 May 1987 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Assalto Mortífero See more »

Filming Locations:

Emporia, Kansas, USA

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Technical Specs

Runtime:

(2 parts)

Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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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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Sandy Bird's death
10 October 2006 | by cobi66See all my reviews

I'm originally from Council Grove which is in between where Sandy Bird was murdered and Martin Anderson was murdered. I've heard about both cases all of my life and my parents know a lot of the people that were involved. I've been doing research on this story for sometime now and I'm currently doing an article for Emporia State's newspaper. I work with one of the extras in the movie too. I've been out to the bridge a few times and each time I get weird feelings while there. I don't think enough people know the actual story of what happened either. In fact most of the people I know in Emporia say they have heard of the bridge and the ghost stories but as far as knowing what actually happened many have no idea.


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