A film documenting the infamous killing of an informant by a federal agent in Kentucky is lastly set to launch in the US subsequent month.
Above Suspicion, a thriller primarily based on the true story of FBI agent Mark Putnam killing an informant who he had an affair with in 1989, will launch in choose theaters and be out there for lease on Could 14, in line with Lionsgate Motion pictures. The movie will even be out there on Blu-ray and DVD on Could 18.
The movie stars Emilia Clarke, who rose to tv fame as an actress in HBO’s Sport of Thrones. She performs Susan Smith, the informant who Putnam admitted to killing in Pike County earlier than hiding her physique in a ravine. Putnam is performed by Jack Huston, who has additionally carried out in The Irishman and American Hustle.
The film was shot on location in several areas of central and Eastern Kentucky, together with Lexington, Harlan County and Bourbon County.
Putnam was the primary FBI agent to ever be convicted of a murder. The film is predicated on a ebook written by Joe Sharkey, which can also be titled Above Suspicion.
The case was additionally the topic of an episode of the Investigation Discovery series “The Perfect Suspect” a number of years in the past.
Putnam was recent out of the FBI academy when he and his spouse, Kathy, moved to Pikeville for his first project in early 1987.
Smith turned an informant for him just a few months afterward a financial institution theft she knew about, and the 2 finally started an affair. Smith’s brother stated Smith and Putnam had intercourse in his automobile whereas parked on strip-mine roads.
Putnam transferred to Miami in early 1989, however Smith informed him she was pregnant together with his baby. When he returned to Kentucky in June 1989 to arrange for a trial, the 2 went in his rental automobile to a secluded mountain highway to speak.
Putnam stated that Smith threatened to jeopardize his profession and marriage by telling the FBI and his spouse in regards to the being pregnant. She then received mad and began slapping him, and he snapped and choked her to dying.
He hid her physique in a ravine the subsequent day.
State police didn’t concentrate on Putnam as a potential suspect for months as they dominated out what they noticed as extra possible candidates in Smith’s disappearance, together with drug sellers with whom she’d been concerned and her abusive ex-husband.
However police finally targeted on Putnam, and the FBI joined the case. Putnam later confirmed investigators the place he hid Smith’s physique and pleaded responsible to manslaughter, taking a 16-year jail sentence.
Putnam’s spouse died whereas he was serving 10 years in jail. He was launched in 2000.