In 2006, in Daly City, Calif., a 33-year-old man stabbed his wife in the throat and chest, killing her and ending a marriage that was rife with violence, jealousy, adultery and alcohol.
At 7 p.m. Monday, the couple’s story will be re-enacted on TV One’s Fatal Attraction with former Augusta resident LaTonya O’Neal playing the victim, Tamika Mack Norton.
Norton, a 31-year-old mother of three, was killed by her abusive husband after she discovered an affair and filed for divorce.
The episode is the eighth in the first season of the show, which uses factual material and extensive interviews to retell real-life love stories that turn fatal.
“It’s showing how the relationship of her and her husband went bad, dealing with infidelity, how he was treating her, up to her murder,” O’Neal said.
O’Neal is the assistant director of recruiting for the Robinson College of Business at Georgia State University in Atlanta. She has performed in stage plays in Atlanta, and said she was surprised to get a call from her agent asking her to accept the role.
“It was an incredible experience,” she said of making the episode.
O’Neal spent four days filming in Tennessee. She said she studied the details of the case, from the photographs to the court reports, right down to how she should lie after her character had been killed.
“They wanted me to lie on the floor like her body was found. There was a real focus on her hands,” she said.
She said she is a little nervous about how Norton’s family will react to her performance.
“You have to be respectful about her life,” O’Neal said. “Her family will be watching the show.”