"Murder Ordained" is a true-story movie based on the murder case of Thomas 'Tom' Bird, and ordained minister, and his lover-secretary Lorna Anderson . "Murder Ordained" came to television for the first time in 1987 on CBS as a mini-series. The crime drama cast stars Kathy Bates and Jo Beth Williams. It is directed by Mike Robe and written by James Steven Sadwith.
"Murder Ordained" synopsis/plot
In a small midwestern town, a local congregation thought their minister was a compassionate leader of his flock. They trusted him, they had faith in him, and they believed in him. But, when this minister's wife turns up dead, a local police investigator is convinced it's no accident. It only takes the death of his lover's husband to convince the investigator that he is on the right track to uncovering the secret life of this murdering pastor.
"Murder Ordained" is based on a shocking true crime that involved the murder of a minister's wife. According to court record, Reverend Thomas Bird aka Tom Bird murdered his wife Sandy in order to be with his mistress Lorna Anderson. Lorna Anderson's husband was also savagely murdered. Tom Anderson and Lorna Anderson were convicted of murder.
Thomas Paul Bird was released from prison in 2006. Lorna Anderson was released in 2007.