Goodnight Sweet Wife: A Murder in Boston (1990)

TV Movie   |  PG   |    |  Crime, Thriller


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Fact-based story about a Boston furrier and his pregnant wife who was shot in their car on October 23, 1989. The wife and child subsequently died. The husband then told that his attacker ... See full summary »


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26 June 2014 | a_baron
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| Goodnight Sweet Wife
Hate crime hoaxes are almost invariably perpetrated by blacks against whites or by Jews against Gentiles, but the two most shocking hate crime hoaxes in American history by some way were perpetrated by whites at the expense of blacks. One was the murder of her two young sons by South Carolina woman Susan Smith; the other was this one, the murder of Carol Stuart by her husband, Charles.

In October 1989, Chuck Stuart shot his heavily pregnant wife Carol in the head, shot himself in the back, and faked a carjacking, blaming the outrage on an unknown black assailant. Understandably this inflamed racial tensions in the City of Boston, although the hoax didn't hold up, but before Stuart could be arrested he did the decent thing and threw himself in the river.

Clearly this film contains much invented dialogue, but neither that nor the characterisations are important. What is important is that films like this are made, even if as here in indecent haste. Charles Stuart committed suicide January 4, 1990; "Goodnight Sweet Wife..." was released September 25 the same year.

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