Missouri Prosecutor’s Refile Murder Case That Inspired TV Miniseries

A Missouri prosecutor has dropped and refiled the murder case against Pamela Hupp, who was charged with first-degree murder in July 2021 for allegedly killing her friend, Betsy Faria, a decade earlier, CBS News reports. Hupp’s case inspired the TV miniseries “The Thing About Pam,” which starred Renee Zellweger.

Prosecutors allege Hupp fatally stabbed Faria in 2011 for the $150,000 life insurance policy that Faria had switched over to Hupp days before her death and then staged the scene to implicate her husband, Russ Faria. Lincoln County Prosecuting Attorney Mike Wood said that his office decided to refile the case to petition for a closer venue to ease the financial and travel burden on prosecutors, witnesses and Faria’s family. Hupp is currently serving life in prison without the possibility for parole for the 2016 fatal shooting of 33-year-old Louis Gumpenberger.

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