“Desperate For Love” is a made-for-tv movie based on a true story. The movie originally debuted in 1989 on CBS. It is based on Mike Miskelley and Steve Vance Brown of Falkner, MS. The names were changed in the movie to Cliff and Alex.
“Desperate For Love” is about three high school friends who become involved in a love triangle. Alex and Cliff are two best friends who fall in love with the same beautiful cheerleader who has a reputation for “getting around.”
Alex is a popular kid with lots of friends, and Cliff is a bit of a loner. The romance leads to murder when jealousy drives one of the boys to murder.
The true story on which the movie is based involves Mike Miskelley, Steve Brown and Tammy Nance. The murder happened in Falkner, MS, in 1980, according to Traciy Curry-Reyes of the Movies Based On True Stories Archives.
The details of the crime were chronicled in the article “Sad Song From The Hills,” which appeared in Memphis Magazine.
According to Tippah County court documents, Mike Miskelley shot and killed his childhood friend and classmate Steven Vance Brown because he wanted Tammy Nance aka Tammy Glissen all to himself.
The teen love triangle shook all of Tippah County. Police say that Miskelley lured Steve Brown on a hunting trip. Steven Brown was never seen or heard from again.
During the police investigation, Miskelly told police that he had gone with Steve on a hunting trip but later returned him to his vehicle.
The case went cold for a couple of years, until Tammy Nance, who had been dating Miskelly, told police that he confessed to her that he killed Steve and buried him in a hole.
Steve Vance Brown’s body was found in 1982.
Mike Miskelly was arrested in 1983 and convicted or murder. When that conviction was overturned, he was retried and sentenced to manslaughter.
“Desperate For Love” still airs on the cable network.
You can see photos of the real people here