Ready for a new real crime documentary to watch? Here are 6 not to be missed |
TV critic Lorraine Ali is one of the biggest true crime aficionados on the Los Angeles Times TV crew, having covered everything from Netflix’s “Crime Scene: The Vanishing at the Cecil Hotel” to “I’ll Be Gone in the Dark ”from HBO. And nothing marks the changing of the seasons like coming in the summer sun and snuggling inside all fall watching documentaries about the dastardly deeds of humans.
Here, she offers a sample of movies and series to watch this fall if you can’t live without real crime.
“Cold Justice” (Oxygen, currently airing)
Now in its sixth season, Oxygen’s top-rated series continues to travel to small towns across the country to tackle unsolved homicide cases that have dragged on for years with no answers or justice for victims and their families. Veteran District Attorney Kelly Siegler and his rotating team of seasoned detectives – Steve Spingola, Tonya Rider and Abbey Abbondandolo – are teaming up with local authorities to compile and uncover enough compelling evidence for an arrest and conviction. To date, the team has successfully contributed to 49 arrests and 21 convictions. The real crime series produced by Dick Wolf never fails to reveal astonishing oversights in cases where police departments are small and murder victims are economically depressed. A staple of the true crime genre.
“Reasonable doubt” (ID Channel, currently airing)
She is a criminal defense lawyer. He’s a retired homicide inspector. Together, Fatima Silva and Chris Anderson form the team behind “Reasonable Doubt,” ID’s half-hour weekly forensic investigation series that seeks to uncover the truth behind the contested convictions. The duo are using their collective expertise and many outside resources to reexamine murder cases at the behest of families and advocates who believe the wrong person is behind bars.
The series, which ends its fourth season on September 20 and will be available to stream on Discovery + on September 21, often focuses on cases of convicts who do not have the resources to employ their own private or non-court-appointed investigators. . defense lawyers to clear their names. Silva and Anderson review the evidence with law enforcement and witnesses familiar with the case, and consult with outside forensic teams and experts before drawing their own conclusions. Is there a realistic chance of appealing, or do supporters of incarceration face the overwhelming truth that their loved one may have been rightfully convicted of murder? The duo help emotionally stranded families of convicts move on, one way or another.
“Monsters Within: The 24 Faces of Billy Milligan” (Netflix, September 22)
In 1978, Billy Milligan became the first person in US history to cite multiple personality disorder in a defense of insanity. But were his multiple personalities really in control of his actions, or were they just the pretext of a dangerous narcissistic sociopath? Netflix’s four-part investigative series revisits these questions and the crimes of the rapist who terrorized Ohio State University prior to his arrest and later claimed he had no recollection of the assaults. French director Olivier Megaton (“Taken 2” and “3”) applies a cinematic lens to the docuseries format as he follows the Milligan family, friends, doctors and law enforcement agencies who are still trying to figure it out. state of mind of Milligan at the time of his alleged crimes and at trial.
A litany of psychiatrists diagnosed Milligan, who was in his twenties when he was charged, with “multiple personality disorder” (now known as dissociative identity disorder). They determined that he had as many as 24 distinct “multiples,” which led a jury to find Milligan innocent by reason of insanity. The historic verdict rocked the criminal justice system, and its repercussions are still debated today.
‘Buried’ (Showtime, October 10)
How reliable is human memory? Reliable enough to convict someone of murder decades after a crime? “Buried” follows the gripping story of Eileen Franklin, who, while playing with her young daughter, suddenly remembered witnessing the 1969 rape and murder of her childhood best friend, Susan Nason. , 8 years old, in their hometown of Foster. City, California. This led to the reopening of the 20-year-old Cold Case, and in a shocking twist, Franklin remembered that the culprit was his own father, George Franklin.
Armed with Eileen’s story, San Mateo County prosecutors secured a conviction in 1990, sentencing George to life in prison. It was a first. Never before has the recovered memory been used in a criminal prosecution. The docuseries follow the aftermath of this fateful decision via first-person testimonies from family, neighbors, memory experts, law enforcement and mental health professionals, exploring the questions it sparked. on the accuracy and reliability of “repressed memory”, especially when applied to traumatic events. The impact of Eileen Franklin’s memory on the legal and mental health communities is a drama in itself and even eclipses the gruesome crime that precipitated this decades-old family / courtroom saga.
“Frontline: American Reckoning” (PBS, November to be confirmed)
The 1967 murder of NAACP leader Wharlest Jackson Sr. in Natchez, Mississippi, and a family’s search for answers are at the heart of this Frontline’s Un (re) solved documentary, a project that investigates the cold case of the civil rights era. murders. From acclaimed directors Brad Lichtenstein and Yoruba Richen, the film chronicles the journey of Jackson’s family as they search for the truth about what happened to Jackson, combining real footage, interviews, in-depth reporting and documents from unpublished archives. His death in a car bomb is one of more than 150 murders investigated under the Emmett Till Unsolved Civil Rights Crime Act, enacted in 2008 to solve the murders of those who did not ‘have never been done justice. The FBI interviewed several hundred people in its investigation into Jackson’s death, but no one was ever prosecuted and the case was ultimately closed.
Now, working with Concordia Sentinel reporter Stanley Nelson, the filmmakers are interviewing experts and witnesses and examining allegations of involvement of a branch of the Ku Klux Klan, the Silver Dollar Group. The film gives context to today’s racial calculation and how far we must go to heal the wounds – and right the wrongs – of America’s violent past.
“The Slow Hustle” (HBO, TBD)
Veteran Baltimore Police Detective Sean Suiter is found shot dead while on duty. Was it a murder, a suicide, or an ordered coup in his own department? Directed by “The Wire” star Sonja Sohn, who also delivered the captivating 2017 doc “Baltimore Rising”, “The Slow Hustle” explores the shady circumstances surrounding Suiter’s death and uncovers a scandal filled with corrupt cops, multiple cover-ups and failure. Political system.
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