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Murder of Sandra Black, John Banister
Murder of Sandra Black, John Banister
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"When Love Kills: The Seduction of John Hearn" is a movie based on the true story of "Soldier of Fortune" murderer John Wayne Hearn and his lover, Debra 'Debbie' Banister. The true-crime drama first aired on CBS as a two-part miniseries on Tuesday, May 18, 1993, according to the New York Times. It is based on a true-crime book "Solider of Fortune Murders" by Ben Green. The cast includes Marg Helgenberger, Gregg Henry and Gary Cole as the diabolical John Hearn.

"When Love Kills" synopsis/plot: When an ex Vietnam vet places an ad in "Soldier of Fortune Magazine" for a 'high risk assignment,' he accepts a job from a man and a woman who want their spouses murdered.

The book and the movie retell the true story of John Hearn, an ex Vietnam veteran who was contracted to kill through an ad placed in "Soldier of Fortune Magazine." The real crimes happened in the mid 1980's, when Robert Black hired John Hearn to kill his wife, Sandra Black. The true story also involves the story of John Hearn's lover, Debbie Banister aka Debra Ann Sims Banister, whose husband was also murdered.