"Deep Family Secrets" is a 1997 fact-based movie based on the true story of Gaylynn Morris, a man who was found guilty for the murder of his wife Ruby Morris. The names were changed to Clay and Renee Chadway in the television movie, which first aired on CBS. It stars Angie Dickinson and Richard Crenna.
"Deep Family Secrets" is about a woman who investigates the death of her mother after she goes missing. Her father becomes the prime suspect. Doubtful at first, the daughter soon realizes that her father is hiding some deep family secrets.
The real story made national headlines in 1989, when a wife and mother disappeared. Police say that Ruby Morris, 49, disappeared and her husband was arrested and convicted for her murder, according to The Phoenix New Times. The crime came to light after a boat that belonged to Gaylynn Earl Morris was found on fire in the middle of the Pacific Ocean that year. The police were never able to find the missing woman's body. Gaylynn Morris, 51, was convicted for his wife's murder in 1992. The judge sentenced him to life in prison.
The movie was told from the viewpoint of the daughter, a country singer, who suspected her father was guilty after finding out that he was having an affair.
Though a CBS original movie, it now airs on Lifetime.