So you’ve smashed through Tiger King and How To Fix A Drug Scandal, and you’ve probably even re-watched season one of Making A Murderer, now what?
Well there’s no need to cry into your popcorn because we’ve found yet another binge-worthy, messed up show that will satisfy all the true crime-lovers out there.
Our latest obsession comes care of Netflix and is taking your love of crime and flipping it. In the highly anticipated series The Innocence Files—which drops tomorrow, so deep breaths—the show is shining a light on the untold personal stories behind eight cases of wrongful conviction that non-profit organisation the Innocence Project have worked tirelessly to overturn.
The nine-episode series is composed of three compelling parts—The Evidence, The Witness and The Prosecution. These stories expose difficult truths about the state of America’s deeply flawed criminal justice system, while showing when the innocent are convicted, it is not just one life that is irreparably damaged forever but families, victims of crime and trust in the system which are also broken in the process.
Some of the cases covered in the series include Franky Carrillo who was convicted of a 1991 drive-by murder in California despite eye witnesses placing him in another city when it happened. There’s also Kenneth Wyneimko who was sentenced to 60 years in jail for the rape of a woman in 1994. Despite the victim originally identifying him as her attacker, she later recanted, saying she didn’t get a good look.
And then there’s Chester Hollman III who was accused of being one of two in the robbery-turned-murder of a university student in Pennsylvania in 1991. Holman had no criminal record and was spotted in the area at the time of the murder in a similar car used by the attackers. He was sentenced to life in prison. All of these men protested their innocence but no one believed them, until the Innocence Project came along.
Still not convinced? Scope the trailer below.