Sleeping With Danger, starring Elisabeth Rohm and Antonio Cupo.
The newest “Ripped From the Headlines” film on Lifetime is known as Sleeping With Risk, which can be based on “Mortal Danger and Other True Cases” by successful true crime author Ann Rule. In the movie, “Paul Carter (Antonio Cupo) was like a knight in shining armor when he met flight attendant Grace Tanner (Elisabeth Röhm) and swept her into a passionate love affair. But her dream man quickly became her nightmare as his jealous rage ultimately led to a brutal attack. Incredibly, Grace was able to escape and go into hiding. Fearing for her life and the safety of other women Paul might seduce, Grace works with the police to bring Paul to justice.”Here’s everything you want to learn more about the situation where the book and movie have been based.Paul and Grace Are According to Dr. John Branden and Kathy Ann JewellKathy Ann Jewell was a flight attendant for American Airlines at the 1980s. She met Dr. John Branden at the autumn of 1989 when she moved to see him to get an eight-week weight reduction plan that contained acupuncture. His then-wife Sue worked in his office managing insurance and charging, along with his older daughter, Tamara, worked as the front-office supervisor. His younger daughter, Heather, worked at SeaWorld.Branden split from Sue in 1990 along with the divorce had been finalized a couple of decades after. He and Jewell moved in together shortly after Branden split from Sue.Jewell told Rule that once they moved in together, she had been amazed to discover how far Branden drank and sometimes he’d burst into “inexplicable fury,” though the bouts of anger would fade fast. But as the relationship went on, Branden became increasingly jealous, possessive, and abusive. “He accused us of having a lesbian affair, which was absurd,” Kate said of her relationship with her best friend, Michelle. “But he resented my having anything of interest to talk with her about. He read my mail, and now he started to tape all my phone calls. There wasn’t anything I’d hidden from him, but Michelle was going through a difficult divorce, and the fact that John was taping our calls frightened her. Neither of us knew what he might dowith the tapes.”Jewell eventually told Branden she was leaving him and he threatened to kill her cat, Mittens, and then her. “This will be my birthday present to your father,” he told her at the time. “His dead daughter…”She temporarily sought refuge in a women’s shelter, but eventually went back to Branden and that was when he attacked her. According to the Seattle Post-Intelligencer, in 1999, Jewell came begging for help at a neighbor’s house. She was nude, having escaped Branden after he kidnapped, stripped, bound, raped, and assaulted her.“Sheriff’s Detective Dave Gardiner learned that Branden, who had displayed a knife, had threatened and planned to kill the female victim, cut her up and place the body in the ocean,” Lt. Dennis Dinsmore of the Curry County Sheriff’s Office said in a statement.Jewell Went Hiding and Branden Found Another Victim
After the assault, Jewell managed to change her name and move out of state. Branden, meanwhile, found a new victim — Turid Lee Bentley. They were together for years, although Bentley thought his name was John Williams and that they were legally married, neither of which was true. Once again, Branden’s behavior grew increasingly volatile. Bentley could often call Branden’s friend Randall Nozawa to help her deal with Branden. It all came to a head in March 2007 when Nozawa got a call from Bentley that she and Branden were fighting and she had locked herself in the bedroom.When Nozawa got to the house, Branden got a gun, ordered Bentley to kneel down, and then he shot her dead. He then turned the gun Nowaza and shot him in the face, then Branden shot himself. Still alive, Nowaza managed to stagger from the house and a neighbor found him. He would finally be rendered completely blind by the gunshot. The book says of his injuries “his eye was missing, his jaw was broken, several of his teeth were knocked out, and his tongue had nearly been shot off. It would take eight hours of surgery to even begin putting his face back together.”When authorities searched Bentley’s home, they found Branden’s stash of paperwork for his various false identities, which is what led them to the arrest warrant issued for him for Jewell’s 1999 attack. They also came to believe that Branden was trying to swindle Bentley from her entire life savings.Sleeping With Risk premieres Saturday, August 1 at 8 p.m. ET/PT on Lifetime.READ NEXT: Woman Shot Her Husband, Claimed It Was More Than Child Pornography