The Lifetime TV movie Ungodly Acts is based on a true story. The Melissa character is based on Bethany Deaton, wife of a charismatic Christian leader, Tyler Deaton. Bethany was 27-years-old when she was found dead in her car with a plastic bag over her head. Her death was considered a suicide until her friend — one of Tyler’s followers, Micah Moore — confessed that he had killed Bethany on Tyler’s orders. Tyler was never charged with the death of his young wife but after Micah’s confession (whether it was true or not), more of Tyler’s followers came forward with details regarding Tyler’s secret life which included homosexual relationships.
In the Lifetime movie, Tyler is ‘Daniel’ who is portrayed by Brant Daugherty. Bethany is ‘Melissa’, who is portrayed by Megan Park. She’s best known for her roles in The Neighbors (Jane), The Secret Life of the American Teenager (Grace), and the 2013 film What If with Daniel Radcliffe and Zoe Kazan. Ungodly Acts will premiere on Lifetime on September 19 at 8pm. It will air again on September 20 at 12am and 3pm.