'The Thing About Pam': What Happened to Betsy Faria's Daughters?

The Thing About Pam examines the 2011 murder of Betsy Faria and the wrongful conviction of her husband Russ, and her friend Pam Hupp's involvement in the trial and its aftermath.

The NBC true crime drama also looks at the impact of the case on Betsy's daughters, Leah and Mariah Day, who were 21 and 17 respectively at the time of her murder.

Gideon Adlon portrays Maria, and Olivia Luccardi plays her sister, who is credited as Lily rather than Leah on IMDb, while Renée Zellweger stars as Pam Hupp.

But while the show explores the case as a whole, it does beg the question: where are Betsy's real daughters now, and what has happened to them since the case?

What Happened to Betsy Faria's Daughters?

After their step-father was wrongfully convicted of Betsy's murder in November 2013, Leah and Mariah sued Pam after she kept their mother's $150,000 life insurance money.

Betsy had made Pam the beneficiary of her life insurance policy, instead of Russ, four days before she was murdered.

Pam had testified in Russ' trial in 2013 that Betsy had changed the beneficiary of her life insurance to ensure that her daughters received the money rather than her husband, and when she failed to do so, Leah and Mariah sued her.

At a deposition in 2014, Pam claimed that Betsy had not shared the exact reason why she changed her to be the beneficiary, and she claimed she was "pressured" by police into making a trust in 2013 where she put $100,000 of the $150,000 total.

She testified at the trial that she "withdrew $99,700 from the trust in December 2013" and had revoked the trust entirely in July 2014 because of the "hurtful" things Leah and Mariah had said in the deposition.

Betsy's daughters lost their case against Pam after the court found she "made no enforceable promise to the plaintiffs' late mother and that the plaintiffs failed to carry their burden of proof to establish either constructive fraud or unjust enrichment."

Where Are Betsy Faria's Daughters Now?

Leah and Mariah spoke about their mother's death for the first time publicly in July 2021 in an interview with Fox2 News.

In the interview they shared their experience with police and former Lincoln County prosecutor Leah Askey, saying that they refused to consider Pam a suspect.

Mariah said she "would always say well what about Pam Hupp," and Leah added: "I always would say something was wrong and something was off and every time we brought up Pam [they would say] she physically couldn't do this."

Mariah went on: "I'd ask 'what about Pam Hupp?' but they always had a snarky response that always made me feel stupid for asking. So, as a 17-year-old trying to figure out this whole process they just made my feelings feel invalid."

Leah shared that the court case "broke" their family, and both of Betsy's daughters have a strained relationship with their step-father since his wrongful conviction, which led to him serving three years in prison before it was overturned.

In the interview, Mariah shared: "If there's something I could say to Russ is, from the bottom of my heart, I'm so sorry for all the things you went through, if I could go back I would but I can't change the past. But, we can move forward and hope for justice."

Pam has been charged with Betsy's murder and the trial is currently ongoing. Pam, who is serving life in prison for the murder of Louis Gumpenberger, has denied any involvement in the crime.

Leah shared that she and her sister both have their own "beautiful families," though both their professional and personal lives remain private.

Mariah also spoke to KSDK News in March 2022 ahead of the NBC drama's premiere, sharing that she did not intend to watch it because of how traumatic an experience it would be to relive the case.

She explained: "It just brings back all of those feelings and trauma... people tend to forget about the victims involved because Pam Hupp's name was everywhere, but I hope they show that my mom was more than just her death story."

Mariah also called the show's dramatic retelling of events "triggering," adding: "It felt like they're kind of making a mockery of it."

At the time Mariah confirmed she was nine months pregnant with a daughter, who is due the same day as her late mother's birthday and will share her name, Elizabeth Kay.

The Thing About Pam airs Tuesdays at 9 p.m. ET on NBC.

The Thing About Pam
L-R: Gideon Adlon as Mariah Day and Olivia Luccardi as Lily Day, Betsy Faria's daughters, with Renée Zellweger as Pam Hupp in "The Thing About Pam". Faria's daughters Maria and Leah have spoken about their experience following their mother's 2011 murder. Skip Bolen/NBC

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