Amanda Taylor crime show attention, misinformation haunting Montgomery County mother

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CHRISTIANSBURG, Va. (WDBJ7) It's been more than two years since notorious convicted killer Amanda Taylor was sentenced to life in prison after a jury found her guilty of first degree murder.

Since then, national crime reporting television shows have repeated the gruesome details.

Another show telling her story again is set to air next year, and a book deal may be coming soon.

Her former mother-in-law tells WDBJ7 in an exclusive interview, she's had enough.

It's a living nightmare for Melissa Taylor. She's the mother of Rex Taylor, who took his own life in 2014. The continued attention and misinformation about her son haunts her every day.

"I just want it to stop. Two TV shows were two too many," said Melissa Taylor.

When Amanda Taylor left the court room to begin her sentence in 2015, the horror of the crime didn't end for her former mother-in-law.

"Somedays it's a real hard struggle. I do pretty good as long as I have people around. I don't like to break in front of anybody, but I break a lot when I'm alone," Melissa Taylor said.

She found her son Rex, dead from suspected suicide in 2014. That next year, his ex-wife Amanda killed his father Charles with help from a friend. She blamed Charles for enabling Rex's drug abuse.

"She chose to do what she done. My son did not tell her to do that. He was gone. My son may have done things we don't understand, may never understand, but my son was not a killer, he was not an evil person," Melissa Taylor said.

Rex's mother says the continued attention on the murders have a reoccurring theme that places blame on her son, too. She says many of the things in the shows about her son aren't true.

"It think it's sick. I think she done it for the fame," Melissa Taylor said. "I was told and read in several stories that I was no longer in Rex's life. I spent four hours with Rex the night before he committed suicide He was happier than I've ever seen him."

Experiencing the loss of a child, she told WDBJ7, was painful enough. The crime shows are making that pain worse.

Rex's mother was very up front with me about how this has impacted her life. She is now attempting to get counseling.