If you're anything like me, you can't get enough of true crime documentaries. From Making a Murderer to Serial, sometimes real-life is far more compelling — and far more unbelievable — than anything else on TV. We love to play the role of detective; to debate the ins-and-outs of the case, to speculate the outcome of the story. And no story has been more debated than the trail of Amanda Knox, which has now been transformed into a fascinating new Netflix documentary.
The Trial Of Amanda Knox
In 2007, 20-year-old student Amanda Knox was accused of murdering her roommate, Meredith Kercher; her alleged accomplice was her then-boyfriend Raffaele Sollecito. Kercher and Knox were both studying abroad in the Italian city of Perugia when Kercher was found stabbed to death in her bedroom. After a lengthy and dubious case, Knox and Sollecito were convicted of first degree murder and sentenced to 26 years in prison.
Despite there being no physical evidence linking Knox to Kercher on night of the murder, much of the prosecution's evidence was based on Knox's apparent bizarre behavior following the discovery of the body, her initial interrogations and the vicious media scrutiny of her personal life during the trial. The pair were acquitted in 2015 following a ruling from Italy's highest court, but many still doubt Knox's innocence.
The case against Knox is one of the most notorious in recent history, and there have already been several documentaries on the subject. With their documentary, Netflix aims to explore the whole story, with new evidence and interviews with both Knox and Sollecito, and many others involved in the investigation. Even though Knox has been proven not guilty, I hope this documentary will explore her experiences post-Italy, dealing the the continued scrutiny and doubt over her innocence.
Has She Exploited Her Fame?
Many — including the Kercher family — argue that once Amanda Knox returned to the United States, she should have sunk into obscurity, got on with her life and vanished from the public eye. While the subject of the documentary is Knox's story, it's easy to forget Meredith Kercher in the media circus that mostly ignored the victim. Once Knox was released, she partook in countless interviews, signed a lucrative book deal and now stars in a Netflix documentary. We will unlikely hear from the Kercher family at all, and only see Meredith through the lens of this horrific crime — rather than seeing her for the promising young woman she once was.
Through the testimonies of those involved, you can decide for yourself: do you believe her? Amanda Knox arrives on Netflix September 30, 2016.
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Also Coming Soon to Netflix
Alongside Amanda Knox, Netflix has a whole bunch of compelling new crime documentaries to look forward to in the coming months!
Release Date: December 9, 2016
Captive is a brand new true crime series that will follow some of the most notorious and secretive hostage negotiations which have taken place throughout history. The series will aim to explore these stories from every angle: the victims, the takers, families, government officials and negotiators. If you loved Making a Murderer, you'll love Captive.
2. The People v. OJ Simpson: American Crime Story
Release Date: 2017
Fans of the FX series will be thrilled to find out the critically acclaimed docu-drama is heading to Netflix in 2017. The series has set out to dramatize some of history's most famous crimes, and the OJ Simpson trial kicked things off to a very high standard early this year. Starring Cuba Gooding, Sarah Paulson, John Travolta and Selma Blair, this one if not to be missed.
3. The Ivory Game
Release Date: November 4, 2016
The Ivory Game delves into the dark and sinister world of ivory trafficking, through the eyes of intelligence operatives, undercover activists, passionate rangers and tough-as-hell conservationists. As the African Elephant is being poached to extinction, this important documentary aims to explore the violent underbelly of the global ivory network — and how it can be stopped.
4. Making a Murderer 2
Release Date: Unknown
In 2005, Steven Avery and his nephew, Brendan Dassey, were charged with the murder of photographer Teresa Halbach. The captivating series documenting the case was an instant hit with Netflix viewers, who couldn't get enough of the intrigue, injustice and dubious nature of the evidence, prosecution and trial. Netflix announced in July that Making a Murderer would return with new episodes, giving viewers an in-depth and emotional look into the high-stakes world of post-conviction appeals. Whether or not you think he did it, this will be mandatory viewing for all fans of true crime.
Thanks to Netflix, we are able to view these crimes from all-new perspectives; to witness the horror and come to our own conclusions. We can watch the drama unfold from a safe distance, because this kind of thing could never happen to you... right?
Which true crime documentary are you excited for?