A married nurse and mother of two falls in love with a doctor at the clinic where she works. After the two embark on a torrid affair, her husband’s dismembered body ends up in the Chesapeake Bay, sparking a murder investigation that leads the police directly to his wife. A grisly, true crime inspired Lifetime’s new film from the headlines, Suitcase Killer: The Melanie McGuire Story. But the woman at the heart of the film insists she didn’t commit the crime she was accused of.
Candice King stars in ‘Suitcase Killer: The Melanie McGuire Story’
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Candice King The Vampire Diaries plays the role of Melanie McGuire in suitcase killer, who premieres June 18 on Lifetime. Michael Roark plays Bill, Melanie’s Navy ex-husband, and Jackson Hurst plays Brad, her lover and doctor at the fertility clinic where she works.
The film is based on the real-life murder of Bill McGuire in 2004. Melanie drugs and murders her husband. After dismembering his body, she hides the body parts in several suitcases, which she throws into the Chesapeake Bay.
When the suitcases containing Bill’s remains wash up in Virginia Beach, the police launch an investigation. The evidence points directly to Melanie. Assistant Attorney General Patti Prezioso (Wendie Malick) leads efforts to bring Melanie to justice.
Melanie McGuire said she was ‘hurt’ that anyone would believe she killed her husband
The case against Melanie was largely circumstantial. Police believe Bill was sedated before being shot and then dismembered. Melanie had used a fake prescription to buy a sedative from a pharmacy the morning of the murder. She had bought a gun shortly before Bill died. There was also evidence that she drove her car to Atlantic City and left it there. She later suggested that Bill was killed over a gambling debt.
In 2007, a jury again convicted her of the murder of her husband. She was sentenced to life in prison. But Mélanie has always maintained her innocence.
“After all these years, I still feel hurt. I still feel embarrassed. Like, how could anyone think I did that? she said 20/20 in a prison interview in 2020.
Melanie claimed that Bill was abusive. She also had explanations of the various pieces of evidence against her, such as a series of internet searches for terms such as “how to commit murder” and “undetectable poisons”.
“I’m a nurse or I was a nurse, and I don’t need to look for things like that. If I wanted to look for something like this I have a [physicians’ desk reference]. I have a book that I can look into that leaves no internet history,” she said.
Candice King says she felt “responsible” sharing Melanie’s story
King, who plays Melanie, felt it was important to deliver a nuanced portrayal of the film’s subject matter.
“For me, personally, I really felt it was my responsibility to tell Melanie’s story, because that was the shoes I was filling, and she was someone who, by her own admission, she was a mother who was scared and in an abusive relationship, and also very dedicated to her job and not perfect,” she said in an interview with KGET.
“Still to this day, she is declaring her innocence and she took a polygraph test. It’s not admissible in court, but it’s there,” the actor added. I came. It’s who I was, whose story I was there to share also by playing out the script and the story that you will all see, because, of course, we share an entertainment version of these events. So, like everyone said, you’re going to have times like her, aren’t you, and that’s why we all turn on the TV to watch something.
Suitcase Killer: The Melanie McGuire Story airs Saturday, June 18 at 8 p.m. ET on Lifetime.
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