"Sins Of The Father" is a true-story Lifetime movie that is most likely based on the death of preacher's wife, Kari Baker, whose death was thought to be a suicide. Her husband Matt Baker was convicted for her murder, according to the Movies Based On True Stories Archives.
The Lifetime movie inspired by the case debuted in 2013. The names of the real people were changed to Andrew and Debbie Martin in the film. The movie, which also works under the alternate title "The Minister's Wife," stars Taylor Cole and Gail O'Grady.
"Sins Of The Father" follows the case of Debbie Martin, a preacher's wife, who has committed suicide, or so it seems. The town grieves with Andrew, the well-respected minister, but Debbie's mother and sister do not buy his act. They are convinced that Debbie was murdered by her husband and that her death was made to appear as a suicide. The sensational murder case rocks the small town as the mother and sister investigate Debbie's death which will reveal a murderer.
According to Lifetime, "Sins Of The Father" is inspired by a true story. The true story on which it is most likely based happened in Texas in 2006 where a preacher was convicted of killing his wife. The death was made to look like a suicide, according to Examiner.
Court records show that Matt Baker drugged Kari Baker with sleeping pills then penned a suicide note to hide the crime. Prosecutors stated that he killed his wife so that he could be with his mistress-lover. Matt Baker was found guilty and sentenced to 65 years in prison.
The book "Deadly Little Secrets: The Minister, His Mistress, and a Heartless Texas Murder" by Kathryn Casey covered the crime in detail.
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