When 69-year-old Anita Fox was found stabbed to death in the Colleyville, Texas, home where she worked as a housekeeper, few could have anticipated the twists the murder investigation was about to take.
After Bernard “Little Joe” Gorman and his father, Bernard “Big Joe” Gorman, were arrested for the murder, the police investigation began unraveling a complex insurance fraud scheme involving Ms. Fox’s own daughter and son-in-law, Virginia and Mark Buckland.
Over several years, the Bucklands had taken out a series of life insurance policies on Ms. Fox totaling $5 million and named themselves as sole beneficiaries. Following the recommendation of an insurance agent, the couple allowed the Gormans, reported members of the Irish Travellers, a nomadic ethnic clan, to become third-party investors.
Represented by Fears Nachawati trial attorneys Matthew McCarley and Brice Burris, Ms. Fox’s son and estate executor, 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, the jury in a 2018 civil case found that they were instrumental in crafting the scheme that led to Ms. Fox’s death, awarding the estate $166 million.
“Five years after her death, the scheme is still shocking in its sheer audacity,” said Mr. McCarley. “They have not faced criminal charges for their role in the murder, but the one thing that Mr. Fox can take comfort in is knowing that his sister and brother-in-law will never profit financially from his mother’s death.”
The case will be featured on the April 8 episode of the Oxygen Network’s true crime show “In Ice Cold Blood,” hosted by actor and rapper Ice-T. The episode “Gypsy Grandma” will premiere at 7 p.m. CDT.
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