Most of the creative liberties taken in Vice are used to emphasize Dick Cheney’s pragmatic ambition and portray him as power-hungry. But a key moment breaks out of the story to make Cheney seem more likable, even if it’s not supported by any evidence.
In 1973, the body of Lynne Cheney’s mother, Edna, was found floating in a pond in Wyoming. Although “Vice” never says this explicitly, it is heavily implied that Lynne’s father killed her by drowning her. However, there is no hard evidence to support this theory. McKay may have gotten the idea from a line in Lynne Cheney’s memoir, Blue Skies, No Fences: A Memoir of Childhood and Family, in which she wrote: “[My mother]who had worried about water since childhood had drowned in the pond … For years I wondered if she had somehow become the victim of foul play.” The memoir also mentions that Lynne’s father could be short-tempered at times, as shared in the same passage Lynne Cheney shared that she finally accepted that her mother’s death was an accident and suggested that it was probably caused by “the medicine she was taking for her blood pressure, which she had complained about, which made her dizzy.” added that her father was deeply saddened by his wife’s death.
When Inside Edition questioned local authorities about Edna’s death, coroner Connie Jacobson said there was no evidence Edna was murdered. The official coroner’s report showed that the body had been found with high levels of alcohol and concluded that Edna’s death had been an accident.