That seems to be the philosophy of Netflix at the moment, as they continue to overload our brainwaves with that sweet TC content. In fact, I reckon we’re going to run out of actual true crime stories soon, such is the rate they’re pumping them out.
Like do they have a separate true crime division tasked with researching police records and news stories to spin into a gritty ten-parter? If they don’t they should.
So, The Confession Tapes -that’s what I’m here to write about, and write about it I shall.
Season one was widely adored when it dropped on the service, presenting six cases of possible false confessions which lead to murder convictions of the featured people. In each case, the documentary presents alternate views of how the crime could have taken place and features experts on false confessions, criminal law, miscarriages of justice and psychology.
Oh, and it got a not-so-prestigious 100% on Rotten Tomatoes.
Well now the second season is officially on Netflix right now, and it takes a look at four brand new cases.
Here they are:
Gaslight – Without a lawyer to advise him, a weary truck driver confesses to murdering a 17-year-old girl following an exhausting interrogation.
Joyride – Centres around the wrongful conviction of Nick Sampson and Matthew Livers for shooting a married couple in a double murder in Nebraska.
Deep Down – In a long interview with police, Angelika Graswald admits to being OK with her fiancé drowning during a kayaking expedition, with her confession used against her by the police and media.
Marching Orders – After Hamid Hayat admits to attending a terrorist camp, lawyers and his family question whether the taped confession reveals a very different truth.
Take a look at the trailer:
And just because I’m good like this, keep your eyes peeled for Exhibit A dropping on 28th June.
This series will show how innocent people have been convicted of crimes with dubious forensic tools and techniques, such as cadaver dogs and touch DNA, and if you were a fan of The Disappearance of Madeleine McCann and in particular that scene with the sniffer dogs, I imagine you’ll be well into this.
You’re very welcome.
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Charismatic, witty, charming, engaging - four things Joshua Rogers will never be. Thankfully, he’s a semi-competent writer, who, after graduating university with two mostly pointless degrees, joined The Hook two years ago. He subsequently honed his writing skills over the course of several sex-related articles, bringing a very public shame to his family's good name.