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Directed byBarbara Schroeder
Produced byAnswers Productions
Written byBarbara Schroeder
Edited byBarbara Schroeder
Running time
83 minutes
CountryUnited States

Talhotblond is a 2009 documentary directed by Barbara Schroeder. It details an Internet love triangle that resulted in a real-life murder.


Thomas Montgomery (screen name: marinesniper), a 47-year-old married man, pleaded guilty to murdering his 22-year-old co-worker Brian Barrett (screen name: beefcake). The two men were involved in a love triangle with "Jessi", who they thought to be an 18-year-old girl with the screen name 'talhotblond'. While both men knew each other from work, neither had ever met "Jessi" in person.

In the beginning of their online relationship, Thomas presented himself as an 18-year-old man named "Tommy" who was in basic training and later deployed. His wife later discovered the affair and revealed the truth to "Jessi", but the two continued to chat.

However, while "Jessi" was a real person, Thomas had been chatting with her mother, Mary Shieler, posing as her daughter online. Jessi was unaware of her mother's actions until after Barrett was murdered and her mother's role in the case became public.


The film's TV rights were sold to MSNBC. Paramount Studios bought all remaining rights.[1][2] Directed and written by Emmy award-winning journalist Barbara Schroeder, the film features appearances by convicted murderer Thomas Montgomery, clinical psychologist and attorney Dr. Rex Julian Beaber, Erie County prosecutor Ken Case, Erie County Sheriff Ron Kenyon; Oak Hill, West Virginia Sgt. Lee Kirk; the parents of Brian Barrett, and Tim Shieler. Dr. Beaber serves throughout the film as a commentator on the social-psychological dimensions of the case.


Winner of the Seattle International Film Festival's 2009 Best Documentary Grand Jury Award[3][4][5] and a finalist at the International Documentary Film Festival Amsterdam.[6]

Lifetime movie[edit]

TalhotBlond (TV Movie)
Directed byCourteney Cox
Produced byKyle Clark
Courteney Cox
Lina Wong
Alexandre Coscas
Francisco Gonzalez
Brad Krevoy
Written byTrent Haaga
Based onA documentary by Barbara Schroeder
StarringGarret Dillahunt
Brando Eaton
Laura San Giacomo
Molly Hagan
Music byErran Baron Cohen
CinematographyDoug Emmett
Edited byRobert Komatsu

On June 23, 2012, Lifetime aired a television film based on the story, Tall Hot Blonde (also known as TalhotBlond[7]), directed by Courteney Cox, with Garret Dillahunt as Thomas and Laura San Giacomo as Carol (this character's name is different from that of the real-life wife),[8] the busy wife and mother who slowly starts feeling disconnected from her husband. Brian Barrett, Montgomery's young coworker, was portrayed by Brando Eaton.

Cox appeared in the film as well, as Carol's friend, coworker, and confidante. The names of Jessi and Mary Shieler were changed to Katie (played by Ashley Hinshaw) and Beth (played by Molly Hagan) Brooks, respectively. The Shielers' location was moved from West Virginia to Indiana.


  1. ^ Kay, Jeremy (12 December 2009). "Paramount Digital Entertainment takes worldwide rights to talhotblond". Screen Daily. Retrieved 20 January 2010.
  2. ^ "Paramount Finalizes Worldwide Acquisition of Award-Winning Documentary talhotblond". Paramount press release. December 11, 2009. Retrieved 20 January 2010.
  3. ^ "talhotblond". Seattle International Film Festival. Archived from the original on 29 March 2012. Retrieved 20 January 2010.
  4. ^ Kilday, Gregg (June 14, 2009). "Seattle fest announces winners". The Hollywood Reporter. Archived from the original on June 18, 2009. Retrieved 20 January 2010.
  5. ^ Kay, Jeremy (15 June 2009). "The Other Bank awarded Grand Jury prize in Seattle". Screen Daily. Retrieved 20 January 2010.
  6. ^ "IDFA Competition for First Appearance". International Documentary Film Festival Amsterdam. Retrieved 20 January 2010.
  7. ^ IMDB link
  8. ^ Gomstyn, Alice (22 June 2012). "'TalHotBlond' Love Triangle Inspires TV Movie". ABC News. Retrieved 25 June 2012.

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