It’s the middle of January, payday is still ages away, it’s too cold outside and you just want to chill and recover from all the end of year festivities! What better time to catch up on your favourite shows and discover new ones.
Last year I binged on Netflix’s Making a Murderer which has has picked up a massive following and definitely the most talked about show of the moment.
If you haven’t seen it yet, it’s a 10 part thriller which was filmed over 10 years, following a man named Steven Avery, who served 18 years for a crime he was later proved innocent of.
With his new-found freedom, trying to rebuild his life he is then caught up in a tale of police corruption, discrimination and found to be the prime suspect in a murder alongside his nephew Brendan Dassey. What happens over the next few years beggars belief.
You are taken on a roller-coaster journey with more twists and turns than “The Usual Suspects” (another must-see… if you haven’t WHERE HAVE YOU BEEN??)
I don’t want to give anything away but what I will say is block out a few hours, you will find it impossible to just watch one episode. Apart from the school run and a few errands I got comfy on the sofa and submerged myself in this awful story of murder, miscarriage of justice and blatant corruption within the American Justice System.
Left with feelings of anxiety, stress and sadness, I decided to look into The Avery/Dassey case further. There’s lots to read some for and some against all worth checking out. This show has had the world talking so much so even the White House had issued a statement following a petition asking for a pardon.
I then decided to explore my Netflix account and check out other documentaries. It’s safe to say that over Christmas and New Years I’ve spent my evenings binging on compelling telly viewing! Here are a few of my recommendations, don’t worry there are no spoilers :
West of Memphis
3 teenagers are arrested for the murder of 3 children. Convicted of the crimes based on highly questionable police work to prove their guilt, the 3 young men spend the next 18 years growing up prison, meanwhile on the outside friends and family fight for justice.
This case came to the attention of movie Director Peter Jackson ( who also produced this film) and his wife and along with the aid of many celebrities including rock stars, actors fight for justice and the freedom of the West Memphis 3.
As a mother I found this film pretty tough to watch especially as it centred around the death of young children. I give you warning now that there are some graphic images shown, but you will be left with your jaw on the ground with the events that occur throughout the film. Well worth watching.
The Central Park 5
In 1989 5 teenagers are wrongfully accused of raping jogger. With false statements and After serving up to 13 years in prison, the real assailant confesses to the crime…..
At the time all pleaded not guilty, but with coerced video confessions and DNA not even matching any of the boys they were still convicted. Hear how these men lost there childhood to a gross miscarriage of justice.
Give Up Tommorrow
Paco Larranaga – A name you won’t forget in a hurry. Convicted of murdering 2 women despite being miles away at the time of the crime. Watch how individuals in high ranking roles within the justice system, blatantly disregard key evidence, including witness testimonies as they serve up their own justice based on corruption and lies at all levels.
The levels of corruption uncovered in this documentary, will leave you stunned. After watching, you will be on the Free Paco bandwagon and finding yourself trying to help make a difference even if it’s signing the petition.
That’s all I’m going to give you for now. I don’t want to bombard you with too many as these tragic tales can weigh heavy on your mind afterwards. I recommend a good dose of hugs, kisses from a loved one and a good deed to ease the mind heart and soul!
Late addition – 6th Feb 2016
Nick Yarris an inspiring, beautiful soul and the most eloquent story teller, shares his story whilst spending 21 years on death row. Nick had me mesmerised from the get go and I was left completely moved by his story and more so by his spirit, so many of us could learn a thing or two from this guy! I caught this on Storyville but at present it seems to be the talk of moment. After watching I just had to reach out to Nick and just thank him for sharing is story with the world, he kindly replied swiftly with words of gratitude and positivity. When you’ve gone through what Nick went through, it would be easy to focus one’s energies on the negatives of life, but Nick manages to smile and spread his infectious positivity with his audience be it reader of his book “7 days to Live” or through the film.
So in short – watch this film!!
Have you seen any of these? What were you’re thoughts? Do you have any recommendations? Let me know what’s got you hooked.