Netflix has a habit of making the best true crime documentaries, doesn’t it? Making a Murderer shook the world, and since then there’s been countless others (The Staircase, for example) that have really blown our minds.
However, a new true crime documentary is coming and it looks set to blow the others out of the water. It’s called The Innocent Man, and follows a gruesome true story of a young woman’s horrific murder, and the unjust incarceration of a man who wasn’t involved.
Just check out the trailer and you’ll see what we mean…
The show is based on the true story of a woman who was raped and murdered, and the man accused of doing it who sat on death row for 11 years before being exonerated.
John Grisham wrote a book about the case, The Innocent Man: Murder and Injustice in a Small Town, which was a best-seller.
Debbie Carter’s body was found by a friend in her flat in Ada. It was an awful scene, with Debbie gagged with a bloody towel, and hair, semen and blood all around her. On her stomach, the word ‘die’ was written in ketchup and nail varnish, with smeared prints all over the walls.
Ronald Keith Williamson was put on trial and sentenced to death for the crime five years after Debbie’s death. He waited on death row for a full 11 years before being exonerated and released for a crime it is now thought he didn’t commit.
Directed by Clay Tweel (Finders Keepers, Gleason, Out of Omaha), The Innocent Man includes interviews with victims’ friends and families, Ada residents, attorneys, journalists, and others involved in the cases. Grisham also appears, as does attorney Barry Scheck, co-director of the Innocence Project.
Director Clay Tweel said: “As a filmmaker I often find that the best stories are the ones we tell ourselves, but what surprised me was the extent to which that idea also permeates the criminal justice system. By re-examining these old cases I hope that viewers will identify the biases involved, even their own.”
Executive producer John Grisham added: “The documentary series of The Innocent Man is gripping, compelling, and ultimately just as heart-breaking as the book. Though I know the story well, I can’t wait to watch it again.”
The Innocent Man will be available to stream on December 14.