Golden Globe® and Emmy® Award-winning actress Judy Davis ("The Reagans," "Life with Judy Garland: Me and My Shadows") will star in the LIFETIME Original Movie A Little Thing Called Murder a chilling drama based on true events of Sante Kimes and her son Kenny, whose string of cold-blooded murders in the late 1990s shocked the world, announced Trevor Walton, Senior Vice President, Original Movies. A Little Thing Called Murder will premiere on Monday, January 23rd at 9 PM ET/PT on LIFETIME Television.
"The story of Sante and Kenneth Kimes is a fascinating and tragic tale of greed and manipulation," said Walton. "Their recent Los Angeles murder trial, during which Kenny broke free of his mother's psychological grip and testified against her, brought stunning new revelations to light. We are extremely excited to have the phenomenally talented and versatile Judy Davis bring this dark and complex real-life character to the screen."
Sante Kimes (Davis) dazzled everyone she met with her glamour and charisma. She also stole from them, conned them and, in the case of the unsuspecting housekeepers she smuggled from Mexico, enslaved and tortured them. But as cold and heartless as she could be, Sante had a deep, yet twisted, emotional bond with her son, Kenny. By the time he reached grade school age, Sante had begun instructing the sweet-natured boy in the art of subterfuge and petty larceny. After Sante served time for a slavery conviction, she persuaded her then teenaged son, against his better judgment, to join her and act as her "enforcer."
In the 1990s, mother and son crisscrossed the country building a fraudulent real-estate empire and leaving behind a trail of bodies, including those of a California businessman, a bank auditor from the Bahamas and a Manhattan socialite. As law enforcement officials closed in on them and began to untangle the duo's web of deceit and murder, some even more disturbing questions arose: How did Sante maintain total control of her son and convince him to do the unthinkable? And what justice would their victims receive?