Murder In Texas

Based on the true story Joan Robinson Hill (Farrah Fawcett) adores her husband the acclaimed surgeon Dr John Hill (Sam Elliott). She is an internationally famous horsewoman absorbed with her expertise, while he devotes his time to music and the pursuit of the lovely Ann Kurth (Katharine Ross). Dr Hill marries Ann, following the mysterious death of his first wife Joan. Scared by a series of frightening episodes. Ann obtains a divorce. Dr Hill marries for the third time. But then Dr Hill is murdered. Who did it?

AS REVIEWED ON IMDB.com When "Murder in Texas" premiered on network television in two parts, it was a big deal. It's a very intriguing, true story of a Texan plastic surgeon (Sam Eilliott) suspected of causing the death of his very wealthy wife, portrayed by Farrah Fawcett. For years, Ash Robinson, the victim's father, was convinced of Dr. Hill's guilt. Andy Griffith is a great Ash.

The story is based on Ann Kurth's book - Ann Kurth was Dr. Hill's second wife, who in the film is played by Katharine Ross. I could never find a copy of Kurth's book, so I read another book on the subject. The actual events are much, much more complicated than could ever have been shown on screen. In fact, the end of this movie is pure fiction, as are scenes that support the ending. The reason for this, I believe, was a legal one, as some participants were still living at the time of the filming.

Today it is believed that Joan Robinson Hill died of toxic shock syndrome before it became a known entity. What her husband had to do with it - by direct act or simple neglect - I don't believe has ever been decided other than in the mind of Ash Robinson.

While the movie made fascinating watching, particularly Part I, if this case interests you, I suggest you read a book on the subject for the true story. The acting is marvelous, particularly from Elliott, Fawcett, and Griffith, and the movie will hold your interest.