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North Texas murder for hire case featured on the show ‘In Ice Cold Blood’ Monday night

Police Chief Michael Holder talks about the Anita Fox case on Feb. 18, 2015 at the Colleyville Police Station. In the background, a photo of the victim, Anita Fox, is seen.
Police Chief Michael Holder talks about the Anita Fox case on Feb. 18, 2015 at the Colleyville Police Station. In the background, a photo of the victim, Anita Fox, is seen. Star-Telegram

Rapper and actor Ice T is featuring the 2014 murder-for-hire case of Anita Fox on the “In Ice Cold Blood” episode at 7 p.m. Monday on the Oxygen network.

In 2014, Anita Fox, 69, a housekeeper, was found stabbed to death inside a Colleyville home.

The police uncovered a complex insurance fraud scheme involving Fox’s daughter and son-in-law, Virginia and Mark Buckland, who took out insurance policies on Fox over several years, and named themselves as sole beneficiaries.

The Bucklands recruited Bernard “Little Joe” Gorman and his father, Bernard “Big Joe” Gorman, as investors in the insurance scheme. The Gormans were identified as members of the Irish Travelers. The father and son were accused of stalking and killing Fox, looking for an immediate return on their investment.

In 2018, the Bucklands were indicted in South Carolina on a count of conspiracy to commit mail fraud and wire fraud. Charles “Chuck” Mercier, an insurance agent who worked with the Bucklands on taking out $5 million in life insurance policies on Fox in 2007 and 2008, was also indicted.

Big Joe Gorman died before he was arrested, and his son, Little Joe Gorman, pleaded guilty to conspiracy to commit murder in 2017 in exchange for a 14-year prison sentence.

After Anita Fox’s death, the Bucklands filed suit to claim the $4 million in life insurance policies, but Fox’s son, Al Fox III, filed motions to intervene, claiming his sister and her husband were “negligently responsible” for Anita Fox’s death and thus prohibited by law from receiving the benefits. Al Fox III was awarded $166 million.

A Tarrant County jury decided that the Bucklands were part of a conspiracy that led to Fox’s murder.

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