'The Innocent Man': The New Netflix Show Captivating Viewers
Binged 'The Staircase' in less than two days? Theorised numerous conspiracy theories around 'Making a Murderer's' Steven Avery? Watched interviews with Robert Durst for weeks after finishing 'The Jinx'? Guilty as charged.
Netflix's latest documentary series 'The Innocent Man' has true crime fans around the world glued to their screens.
Based on the 2006 John Grisham non-fiction book of the same name, 'The Innocent Man' delves into two murders that shook the tiny town of Ada, Oklahoma in the 1980s.
In 1982, Debra Sue Carter was raped, beaten, and strangled with her own belt and electric blanket cord. Shortly after, in 1984, Denice Haraway was abducted from the petrol station where she worked, and murdered. Both murders haunted the small community, and both cases led to the wrongful convictions of four men, two of which are still in prison.
Tommy Ward, Karl Fontenot, Ron Williamson and Dennis Fritz were charged with the murders of the women. While Williamson and Fritz have since been exonerated, Ward and Fontenot are still incarcerated and have served more than three decades for a crime many believe they didn't commit.
Hot off the heels of the second season of 'Making a Murderer', the docu-series puts the legal system back on trial, examining the mistakes, deception and inner workings of the investigators of both cases.
Unlike the Steven Avery and Brandan Dassey series, 'The Innocent Man' hammers home the devastation a single murder has on a town, and the legacies the deceased women have on the community. While Teresa Hallbeck is remembered in glossy terms, she's simply portrayed as a figure, whereas Carter and Haraway are remembered as people who had a profound impact on people prior to their murders.
There's no wonder people are praising the show!
"Honestly, everyone needs to stop what they’re doing and watch The Innocent Man on Netflix IMMEDIATELY," writes one fan. "Like if I already didn’t have issues with the judicial system, good lord don’t ask me about my feelings now."
Soooo, I’ve just binged all of The Innocent Man on @NetflixUK Tommy Ward is my new Steven Avery/Brendan Dassey 😭 I love him, wee soul. American police in small towns scare the bejesus out of me.— Angela MacDonald (@AngieBop84) December 14, 2018
my dad and my uncle literally know everyone involved in The Innocent Man documentary, they keep telling me how lucky they were to have survived Ada in the 80’s— kait ☀️ (@k_rob7382) December 15, 2018
The Innocent Man on @netflix was better than Making a Murderer. There, I said it.— Kate A. (@KateMalenczak) December 17, 2018
I’ve been watching “The Innocent Man” on Netflix and am left in such anger after every episode. For the families, the falsely accused, and the victims. UGH. But SUCH an interesting series. If you like crime docuseries, GO WATCHHHHH— Andrea Russett (@AndreaRussett) December 17, 2018
Unlike most true crime docu-series', this one examines how one murder can create a whole community of victims, forever linked by one heinous crime and the knowledge that they will never be able to escape it.
Let's just say that if we can binge-watch it in a day, you can too. Go forth and conquer... and let us know when you're finished because we've got a lot of discussing to do.
Fingers crossed we get a second season!