NEW YORK – A woman described as both a friend and victim of alleged conwoman Bonny Lee Bakley wants to adapt the story of their relationship for a TV movie.
If it comes to pass, the movie would be the first to be based on the Robert Blake murder case.
Bakley, Blake's wife, was fatally shot last year while she sat in their car outside a Los Angeles restaurant. Blake, the star of the '70s cop show Baretta, is awaiting trial for her murder.
While Blake's involvement in the case is the new project's chief selling point, the movie is likely to focus more on the relationship between Bakley and Christina Scheier, the woman who has joined with a Hollywood producer to tell her story, according to a report in Daily Variety yesterday.
Scheier, who has roots in western New Jersey, first emerged as a bit player in the Blake-Bakley case last year when her name was on a list of alleged aliases used over the years by Bakley.
In one instance, Bakley used Scheier's name to rent a private mailbox at a postal and packing company in Los Angeles.
Shortly after Bakley's murder, police found the mailbox stuffed with letters to Bakley from around the country.
In addition, identification documents for a Dr. Christina Carol Scheier — including a Tennessee bank account — were reportedly found among Bakley's papers after her death.
Interviewed by a Los Angeles TV station last May, the real Christina Scheier said she had been a friend of Bakley's and that Bakley had stolen her birth certificate.
Now, in a new twist, Scheier is sharing everything she knows about Bakley with the producer who made last year's TV movie on grifters, Like Mother, Like Son: The Strange Story of Sante and Kenny Kimes, starring Mary Tyler Moore as Sante Kimes and airing on CBS.
The producer, Larry Garrison, told Variety that Scheier and Bakley were friends for 35 years until Bakley stole Scheier's identity. Sometime later, Scheier managed to have Bakley arrested in New Jersey. Garrison says their relationship actually improved after that.
Said Garrison, "We are confident that Christina knows it all and has decided to avenge her best friend's death."
The project hasn't been sold to any network yet. Scheier could not be reached for comment.