Ungodly Acts, a brand new, original Lifetime movie, was inspired by a true story. According to the Movies Based On True Stories Archives, the 2015 lifetime movie was inspired by and based on the murder of Bethany Deaton, a young woman who was found dead in her car.
The 2012 case was in the national news after details of her death suggested that she had been killed at the request of a religious leader, according to The Daily Mail. Inquisitr brought you the case of Bethany Deaton recently when it became the subject of the crime documentary, 48 hours. Lifetime's Ungodly Acts stars Megan Park as Melissa, Brant Daugherty as Daniel, and Christie Burke as Candace. It also stars Morgan Taylor Campbell, according to the Internet Movie Database (IMDB).
In the Ungodly Acts trailer, a charismatic religious leader can be seen instructing his Bible students to follow God's command. An eager group of young people who seem to be captivated with the religious teacher's enchanting words and mannerisms, causing a cult leader to ask his subjects to do ungodly things to prove their devotion. But, things take a turn for the worst after the dead body of a woman is found hanging, leading police to uncover a deadly web of deceit, betrayal, and murder all in the name of the Almighty.
In addition to the Bethany Deaton cult death true story, Investigation Discovery has a crime documentary series dedicated to cases just like these entitled Deadly Devotion. The television crime series is a weekly show that features a different case every week that tells the story of people who have fallen under the spell of a fascinating preacher. #UngodlyActs airs tonight at 8 p.m.
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"Inspired by actual events. When Melissa Cooper's body is found hanging from a swing set, the 27-year-old's death is initially ruled a suicide. But two weeks later a young man, Adam, comes forward claiming he murdered Melissa on the orders of her husband, Daniel Cooper. Adam says that Daniel is the leader of an end times religious cult and that Daniel controls every aspect of the followers' lives. Daniel Cooper denies all wrongdoing in his wife's death, but other members of the "Church of the Blessed Light" claim that the charismatic Daniel indeed has a secret life. Melissa's case is investigated, exploring what really went on behind closed doors in Daniel and Melissa's marriage, whether Adam acted on his own accord, if Melissa was killed on the orders of her fanatical, newlywed husband or, if Melissa was murdered at all."[Photo courtesy of Lifetime via Facebook]