‘The Innocent Man’ will be your next Netflix binge

Did you like Making a Murderer and The Staircase? Well here’s your new true crime Netflix obsession.

The six-part documentary series was released earlier this morning for UK Netflix viewers. It’s another story from the possibly bottomless pit of wrongful convictions in the US.

What’s it about?

During the 1980’s Ada, Oklahoma wasn’t considered the safest of places but when the 1982 rape and murders of two women happened it marked a new level of hardship for the city.

Four men were arrested for the crimes: Tommy Ward, Karl Fontenot, Ron Williamson and Dennis Fritz.

Ron and Dennis were exonerated in 1999 from DNS evidence that proved their innocence with the help of a non-profit legal organisation called The Innocent Project, Ron was 5 days away from his execution date when he was released.

Tommy Ward and Karl Fontenot are still serving life sentences but maintain their innocence.

The series focuses on the substantial lack of forensic and physical evidence and the mens controversial confessions.

What inspired it?

John Grisham best-selling book ‘The Innocent Man: Murder and Injustice in a small town’ was published in 2006, and thats what this series is loosely based upon.

Grisham wasn’t directly involved in the series but he does feature through interviews.

In the trailer for the docuseries he says “You just don’t expect the police to play dirty. It’s all about winning. And along the way, if the truth gets blurred or twisted, too bad.”

He says in another trailer “If I wrote The Innocent Man as a novel, folks probably wouldn’t believe it. In small towns like Ada, prosecutors…were under enormous pressure to solve two murders.”

Here’s what Grisham thought of the Netflix documentary

 

 

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