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True crime TV show to examine Colleyville 'Gypsy Grandma' murder-for-hire case

TV show to examine Colleyville 'Gypsy Grandma' murder-for-hire case

Anita Fox
Anita Fox was murdered in 2014. Photo courtesy of Fears Nachawati

The high-profile murder of a grandmother in Colleyville will be featured on an episode of the true crime TV show "In Ice Cold Blood," hosted by rapper Ice T, airing at 7 pm April 8 on the Oxygen Network.

Called "Gypsy Grandma," the segment will focus on the bizarre murder-for-hire of Anita Fox, a 69-year-old grandmother who was killed for millions of dollars in life insurance policies. 

In 2014, Fox was found fatally stabbed inside a Colleyville home where she worked as a housekeeper.

Bernard “Little Joe” Gorman and his father, Bernard “Big Joe” Gorman — both members of a nomadic ethnic group known as Irish Travellers — were arrested for the murder. The police then uncovered a complex insurance fraud scheme involving Fox’s daughter and son-in-law, Virginia and Mark Buckland, who had taken out a number of life insurance policies on Fox, named themselves as sole beneficiaries, and brought in the Gormans as third-party investors.

The Gormans allegedly stalked and murdered Fox, who was identified as a member of the English Travellers, another nomadic ethnic group.

Trial lawyer Matthew McCarley, with the Dallas firm Fears Nachawati, represented Fox's son and estate executor, Al Fox III, and will recall the strange twists and turns of the case in the episode.

“Five years after her death, the scheme is still shocking in its sheer audacity,” McCarley says in a release.

The case made headlines again last year. Al Fox III filed suit to prevent the Bucklands from profiting from the insurance policies. Though the couple has never been charged criminally in the murder, a jury in the 2018 civil case found that they were "instrumental" in planning the insurance scheme that led to Fox’s death.

Jurors awarded Al Fox III $166 million.

Ice T serves as host and executive producer of "In Ice Cold Blood," in which he guides viewers through "shocking true stories involving sex, money, obsession — or a fatal cocktail of all three," the network says.