Both binging and true crime documentaries are all the rage these days, which is handy because the two are pretty complementary.
Netflix are big advocates of both, which is good news for us given that it’s cold outside and the only viable evening plans are to sit inside, gorge on all your Christmas chocolate and lose yourself in some compelling storytelling.
The Jinx, The Staircase and of course, the granddaddy of all true crime series, Making A Murderer, are over for most people (if you’re yet to get on them, I suggest you start tonight) so there’s a good chance there’s a true crime sized hole in your life.
Netflix’s The Innocent Man dropped on the streaming service a few days ago and people are already going straight loco over it.
Based on John Grisham’s best-selling book, The Innocent Man: Murder and Injustice in a Small Town, the six-part documentary series focuses on two murders that shook the small town of Ada, Oklahoma, in the 1980s.
The murders took place two years apart, with the first victim being 21-year-old Debra Sue ‘Debbie’ Carter, who was murdered in her home in 1982. The second killing, in 1984, saw a 24-year-old convenience store worker called Denice Haraway kidnapped from her workplace.
Four men – Tommy Ward, Karl Fontenot, Ron Williamson and Dennis Fritz – were charged with the murders in a case that has fascinated people for decades, particularly due to the apparent failure of the justice system which kept one of the men on death row for 11 years while another was allowed to go free.
Talk about gripping.
Since landing on Netflix, the documentary has had a profound impression on bingers out there, with many taking to social media to praise it as one of the best series they’ve watched:
Sounds like absolute must-see TV.
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