The tragic true story of how one woman, Pam, deceived the investigation of a murder case in the small town of Troy, Missouri, is told in ‘The Thing About Pam,’ a crime drama series.
Pam resumes her silent manipulations in the second episode as the police prepare to arrest Russ Faria for the murder of his wife, Betsy Faria. Joel Schwartz, a hotshot lawyer, arrives on the scene and prepares to defend Russ in court.
Joel immediately discovers, however, that he is a fish out of water in the small village. As Russ’ trial approaches the hearing, the prosecutor and the defence prepare their arguments.
Here’s everything you need to know about the finish of ‘The Thing About Pam’ episode 2 if you want to catch up on the show’s happenings and learn more about Russ’ trial!
WARNING: SPOILERS AHEAD!
Recap of Episode 2 of The Thing About Pam
Pam comforts Betsy’s mother, Janet, in the second episode of ‘The Thing About Pam,’ titled ‘She’s a Helper.’ Pam, on the other hand, makes some derogatory remarks regarding Betsy’s connection with Russ.
Janet and Betsy discuss Russ’ proclivity for becoming enraged rapidly. Mariah, Betsy’s daughter, is worried about Russ. Russ, on the other hand, claims to have chased her ex-boyfriend out of their house with a baseball bat, according to her sister, Leah. Mariah goes to the police station to check on Russ, but she is unable to speak with him.
Russ, on the other hand, fails his polygraph exam. As a result, he has been detained and questioned by the police for the past 24 hours. However, the cops are unable to extract a confession from Russ, and he is free to leave. Despite this, Russ remains a leading suspect in the investigation.
Shocking. Tragic. Chilling…. TWISTED.
And it’s all based on a real-life #Dateline mystery.
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The cops speak with Pam’s husband, Mark, but Pam is there during the exchange. She tells the cops that Betsy was intending to write her an email about the encounter with Russ. As a result, the cops narrow down a plausible motive and arrest Russ.
Russ demands a lawyer after being arrested. Russ’s lawyer, Joel Schwartz, arrives in town to represent him in the case. Joel is doubtful about Russ’ innocence on their first meeting. He soon realises, however, that Russ has a strong alibi and is convinced that Russ is innocent.
He begins to prepare the points he would use to defend Russ in court. Due to the lack of other possible suspects in the case, Joel’s task gets more difficult. Furthermore, Joel’s access to crucial evidence is restricted by Leah Askey, the prosecutor he will face in court.
Despite this, Joel and his partner conduct their own investigation and build a defence for Russ’ innocence.
Episode 2 of ‘The Thing About Pam’: How Will Joel Defend Russ in Court?
A bombshell revelation is made near the end of the episode that will impact the trajectory of the Betsy Faria murder case. Betsy had changed the beneficiary of her life insurance policy from Russ to Pam before she died.
The $150,000 policy is supposed to be utilised for Leah and Mariah’s well-being. As a result, the policy’s disclosure offers two arguments: one for the defence and one for the prosecutor.
Askey intends to use the change of beneficiary in Betsy’s insurance policy as a justification for Russ killing Betsy. She will, however, require compelling testimony to persuade the jurors of her case.
As a result, she persuades Pam to testify in the case. Furthermore, the judge and a few of the jurors are friends of Askey’s, making it harder for Joel to win the case for Russ.
Joel, on the other hand, appears to have a strong chance of proving Russ’ innocence on paper. To begin with, Russ has an excellent alibi, and no blood was found on his clothing.
Moreover, there is no forensic evidence that directly connects him to Betsy’s murder. The only thing working against him is that the murder appears to be a homicide of passion, making Russ a top suspect.
Furthermore, the change in Betsy’s insurance policy provides him with a compelling reason to murder her. Joel, on the other hand, intends to use this argument in favour of Russ.
Moreover, he has proof that Pam is in financial problems and wants to claim that she murdered Betsy in order to have access to the money her friend left behind. As a result, the episode concludes with a riveting courtroom drama that will play out in the following episodes.