Meet Betsy Faria, the victim of an alleged “serial killer” Pamela Hupp whose story is going to be told via a new NBC TV show “The Thing About Pam”. Here you’ll learn about her obituary, her story, her kids, and her parents.
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Betsy Faria Story
Elizabeth “Betsy” Kay Meyer Faria lived at 130 Sumac Drive in Troy, Missouri, with her husband, Russ Faria. But 27 December 2011, Russ came home to a gruesome scene of his wife being dead with a knife that had stabbed her over 55 times.
He called 911 and reported the murder of his wife and shared that he had killed herself. Police suspected Russ of murdering his wife because the death of Betsy was not suicide. Russ told police that his wife was dying of breast (diagnosed in 2010) and liver cancer (October 2011).
On the day of her death, her husband went to watch movies with his friends and left home at 5:30 PM.
Moreover, Pamela Hupp, a friend of Betsy told police that she picked her up at 6:30 PM for chemo and drove her home. Cell phone records revealed that Pamela made a call to her husband from a location near Betsy’s home. Police later discovered Russ’s slippers smeared with Betsy’s blood in the closet
Lincoln County prosecutor Leah Chaney (Askey) charged Betsy’s husband with murdering his wife. On 4 January 2012, police arrested Russ after his wife’s funeral. He was charged with first-degree murder and armed criminal action.
In November 2013, Russ went to trial. The operator who took received the 911 call from Russ testified that he was going in and out of hysteria which suggested that his demeanor was staged.
Whereas Pamela testified that three days before the murder Betsy had transferred the beneficiary title of $150K insurance policy from Russ to her without the family members knowing of it. She also revealed that she put $100K into a trust for Betsy’s daughters.
Although the prosecutor made claims about Betsy’s murder with no support, on 21 November 2013, Jury convicted Betsy’s husband Russ of first-degree murder and was sentenced to life without parole.
Additionally, in February 2014, St. Louis Post-Dispatch published a lengthy article on the case, the result of a joint investigation with KTVI Fox 2 television. The article disclosed that Betsy’s daughter sued Pamela and she had kept all of the money herself. The defense attorney filed a motion for re-trial that the prosecutor had an inappropriate relationship with a police officer in the case.
On 6 November 2015, Judge Ohmer acquitted Betsy’s husband on both charges. After he came out Pamela murdered a 33-year-old mentally disabled and claimed that Russ had sent him to kill her. Authorities believed that Hupp lured him in and killed her and planted money and note on him.
In June 2019 Pamela was sentenced to life in prison without parole.
Who Plays Betsy Faria On The Thing About Pam?
NBC is premiering a true-crime drama titled The Thing About Pam. The show is based on Dateline episodes covering the case as well as a 2019 podcast of the same name. In the show, actress Katy Mixon is playing the role of Betsy. Viewers can also see Renee Zellweger as Pam Hupp, Glenn Fleshler as Ruszs, Josh Duhamel as Joel Schwartz (defense lawyer), and Judy Greer as Leah Askey (prosecutor).
Is There An Obituary For Betsy Faria?
Yes, there is an obituary for Betsy Faria. St. Louis Post-Dispatch published the obituary on Jan. 1, 2012. You can click here to view it.
Betsy Faria Kids
Betsy Faria had two beloved daughters Leah E. Day and Mariah L. Day. At the time of the murder of their terminally ill mother, they were only 21 and 17 years old respectively. Mariah spoke with Fox 2 in 2021 and shared, “It was the time where I was supposed to figure out my next steps in the world then I got my whole world shaken up when my mom passed away and I lost my father in the process.”
Whereas her sister Leah added told, “They told me if I were not to talk during the trial they were going to have to subpoena me and Leah Askey told me I would not like that”.
Two sisters had suspected that Pam Hupp was the killer of her mother but the prosecutor made the two sisters’ feelings invalid. Mariah kept receiving letters at the restaurants she worked at it. At the time, she believed that someone close to her stepfather Russ wrote it which turned out to be Pam.
Mariah also apologized to her step-father and asked for forgiveness for what he went through via Fox 2. They also shared that the memory of their mother keeps not only keeps them going but sparks their positivity. They wanted their mom to know, “we are very strong women and we have our own beautiful family that we’ve grown and life could not be better at the moment.”
Betsy Faria Mother
Betsy Faria’s mother was Judy Geiger whereas her father was Kenneth Geiger. She had three sisters Mary Rogers of Lake Saint Louis, Julie (Les) Swaney, and Pamela (Scott) Welker of St. Louis, MO.
How Old Was Betsy Faria At The Time Of Her Death?
Reportedly born on 24 March 1969, at the time of her death, Betsy Faria was 42 years old.
What Did Betsy Faria Do For A Living?
Betsy Faria worked at the insurance company State Farm.
Where Was Betsy Faria Born?
Betsy Faria was born in Richmond Heights, St. Louis County, Missouri, USA.