Hmm, I wonder what this Lifetime movie will be called. Maybe something like I Loved My Son ... Too Much. Or perhaps A Mother's Love Can Be Deadly. Something like that. For as sure as Christian Grey will soon be wielding the ben-wa balls at a movie complex near you, the story of 42-year-old mom Amy Pearson and her 21-year-old son, Michael, will be a Lifetime movie. Amy and Michael were arrested for conspiring -- along with Amy's brother -- to kill her husband for his life insurance money. Oh, and Amy and her son, Michael, were having an affair. So there's that.
Amy's husband, Robert, was reportedly driving one day when a gold SUV pulled up alongside him and the occupants, allegedly Michael and Amy's brother, Richard, shot him in the neck. Miraculously he survived and managed to call 911.
At first, Amy wasn't a suspect. But then police began getting wind of some strange un-mother-son-like behavior on Amy and Michael's part. Like the fact that they'd apparently go out to nightclubs and "grab each other's buttocks." And they'd send lovey-dovey letters back and forth that said things like, "I miss touching you." And they didn't mean that time Amy put a Band-Aid on Michael's knee.
Apparently Amy was on the verge of her divorce from Robert when the shooting happened. Amy and her son, Michael, could have received up to $450,000 in benefits if Robert was dead. Not so much if he was alive and the two were divorced. Kids, that whole insurance thing is always a major red flag. Don't even try it, okay?
This Lifetime movie will have some great dialogue too. Amy Pearson reportedly told her sister-in-law about the failed attempt on her husband's life, "That's what happens when you send a boy to do a woman's work." (I'm picturing Lindsay Lohan in this role.)
Can you wait for this movie?
Editor's Note: Astute readers will note that this story was originally written referring to Michael as Amy's "adopted son." That was the story as originally published in all media outlets two days ago. Now, it appears things have changed -- the Huffington Post has updated its story to reflect that Michael is actually Amy's biological son. Robert was not Michael's biological father. And I have no words left.
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