ST. CHARLES, Mo. — Two of Pam Hupp’s victims are talking about the TV miniseries they are portrayed in. Russ Faria and Carol McAfee discussed both the good and the bad.
“There are a lot of things that have been left out,” Faria said.
They both talked about where Russ – All Lubed-Up Cycles works in St. Charles.
“It’s something that keeps me busy and something that I love to do,” Faria said of the venture.
They both said it was impossible to squeeze a decade of drama into a single six-episode series. McAfee said the real heroes were forgotten.
“More than anyone, (Russ’) cousin Mary is the reason he’s standing there,” McAfee said. “She’s the one who got Joel (Russ’ lawyer). It was she who helped behind the scenes to collect all the evidence.
Faria spent more than three years in prison after a wrongful conviction for the murder of his wife Betsy. Police and prosecutors, at the time, immediately became suspicious of Russ, but not because of the evidence.
Instead, they questioned Russ’ behavior and his call to 911, which Russ said was portrayed perfectly by the actor who played him.
“Wow,” Faria said. “The 911 call he re-enacted was fantastic. He and I worked very closely when he was learning to play my character, so I’m really happy with how it turned out.
McAfee was drawn to Pam Hupp in 2016, days before Hupp murdered a disabled man. MacAfee said the series’ lighthearted tone often dampens the seriousness.
“People call Pam crazy,” McAfee said. “She’s not crazy. Crazy kills you for no reason. She knew what she was doing. The problem is, she’s so narcissistic that she thought she could get away with it.
As FOX 2 first reported last May, Faria and McAfee are now a couple. Their lives intersected in love because of the hatred of Pam Hupp.
When asked if they believed it was “divine intervention”, they answered almost simultaneously: “Yes”.
“Ridiculous,” Carol said as Russ added, “We didn’t meet in the courtroom, as you know. In fact, we met through another friend of mine who was a neighbor of hers, but again they try to condense things – and I love that they showed us together at the end and said we were engaged, because the world needs to know that sometimes there is a happy ending.
A story that has only just begun for them as a couple – and not yet finished in their fight for justice against Pam Hupp. Hupp is serving life in prison for the murder of Louis Gumpenberger and prepares to defend himself at the trial for the murder of Betsy Faria.
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