Binge-Worthy Media of the Innocence World

Victoria Inzana — October 18, 2017 @ 1:00 PM — Comments (5)

“I think people love monsters. And so when they get the chance, they want to see them.” -Amanda Knox

For decades, people have been obsessed with those who commit crimes, particularly crimes which are gory, bloody, terrible, and awful. This fascination has never faded, and although it remains, it has been joined by a new and equally enchanting topic. This new topic is Innocence Media. Those who have been wrongfully convicted and exonerated have garnered a new type of appeal from crime-show lovers. In the past, movies such as The Hurricane, or more recently the Netflix series, “Making a Murderer”, have been the shows to watch. Fortunately for the Innocence community, and those who advocate for those who have been wrongfully convicted, there are a number of new media outlets which feed the curiosity about those who are wrongfully convicted, their advocates, and flaws in the criminal justice system.

Movies

 

Amanda Knox

This documentary follows the exoneration of Amanda Knox who was convicted for the murder of Knox’s roommate Meredith Kercher. This documentary includes interviews with the prosecution and investigative team on the Knox case, along with Knox and Sollecito themselves. It can be streamed on Netflix.

If you’d like to view the trailer, click here.

13th

Although this documentary is not focused on exoneration or the wrongfully convicted, it’s focus is on the flaws of the justice system in general, specifically relating to race. It also has a focus on the current era of Mass Incarceration, as well as how politics play a role in each movement surrounding the justice system. It can be streamed on Netflix.

If you’d like to view the trailer, click here.

Crown Heights

Crown Heights (2017)

This movie follows the true story of exoneree Colin Warner who was convicted of murder. Throughout this process, Warner also had his friend Carl King, and wife to support him along the way.  The importance of this film is to denote that wrongful convictions are still an ongoing problem in our country and to raise awareness about them.

It is currently not available to stream because it was just released to theaters. The image below has a list of cities with theaters who have showings. If you would like to view more information about the movie,  please follow them on twitter at @CrownHeightsMOV.

If you would like to view the trailer, please click here.

TV Shows

The Confession Tapes

This television show has a focus on false confessions and is available through Netflix. Each episode (with the exception of the first two which are about the same case) explores a different case where a defendant was pressured into giving a false confession by the police though verbal abuse and aggressive interrogation techniques. Each episode causes you to question whether you would give a false confession yourself.

You can view the trailer by clicking here.

Conviction

Conviction is a fiction-based television show so it’s better for those looking for something a little more lighthearted while sacrificing accuracy. It is about a team of people, led by the daughter of the former president, who investigate cases of those who may be wrongfully convicted. ABC broadcasted this television for only one season, and it is no longer available to watch on their website or on Hulu. However, you can still buy it on Amazon. If you are interested, you can buy it here.

If you would like to view the trailer, click here.

Unlocking the Truth

This show, created by MTV, is hosted by exoneree Ryan Ferguson and his co-host Eva, who has had previous experience in wrongful conviction cases. Their goal throughout the series is to find the “truth”. It is not to exonerate someone, but instead to investigate cases to see if a defendant is actually innocent, and if evidence proves that they are innocent, they deliver that material to the proper authority (usually their lawyers). This television show is quite interesting, I was able to watch the first episode via youtube. If you would like to view all episodes, you can purchase them on Amazon by clicking here.

To view the trailer, click here.

Podcasts

To be clear, there are many podcasts on wrongful conviction, flaws in the criminal justice system, the criminal justice system in general, and crime. However, these are a few of our personal favorites.

Serial

This podcast currently has two seasons. Each season, the host, Sarah Koenig, follows a single case, from beginning to end. The first season deals with the 1999 murder of Hae Min Lee, a high school girl in Baltimore. Her ex-boyfriend Adnan Syed, was convicted for her murder. The second season is about the return of American soldier Bowe Bergdahl after his imprisonment by the Taliban. Many of his fellow soldiers believe that he deserted the team and deserved his fate. Koenig attempts to figure out whether he deserted in the second season.

If you would like to listen to Serial, please click here. You can also access the podcast from Apple Podcasts, or however you access your podcasts.

Undisclosed

In this podcast, each season explores a new case with a team of experts who investigate cases in which they believe the defendant was wrongfully convicted. After each season is an “addenda” which goes a little more in-depth about each case and its conclusion. They are also currently working on two seasons simultaneously. As the investigators discuss how they obtained their evidence, case facts, and interviews, they are investigating the cases in real time. This makes the listener feel as if they are investigating the case with the team.

If you would like to listen to Undisclosed, please click here. You can also access the podcast from Apple Podcasts, or wherever else you listen from!

 

Actual Innocence

This podcast is extremely different compared to the other two we have mentioned. This podcast is unique because it doesn’t have seasons. It has only episodes, and currently has over 300. However, it doesn’t matter which episode you start on with this podcast because no two episodes cover the same case. Each episode is a different case told by each exoneree. They explain the problems with their cases, their emotions through the process, and the eventual conclusion of each of their cases. This allows the listener to grasp the full impact of a wrongful conviction. These aren’t just names on a paper, fictional people, or a rarity. These are real people who have been wronged in one of the worst ways our society could have wronged them.

 

If you would like to listen to Actual Innocence, click here. You can also access the podcast on Apple Podcasts or other podcast apps!

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  1. Could somebody please look at the case of Amanda Lewis who is serving a life sentence for drowning her child. I am not a legal professional but this entire case stinks!

    December 13, 2017
    Dear Amanda Lewis:

    The wife and I just watched an episode of Killer Women with Piers Morgan. Of course the reason I am writing to you is because of your case being featured on the program. The program has left us both with serious doubts about your legal representation. The fact that you took the lie detector test and passed it when you are not a career criminal and don’t seem to be a sociopath impressed us both. To be completely honest we are not saying we believe you are innocent and we are not saying you’re guilty. We are saying there is no way with the evidence presented against you in that court of law you should have ever been convicted.
    Now we have been doing a lot of contemplating on this case and we must be missing something? Robin says how did the little boy see his mother holding her face? He seemed shorter than the side walls of the pool? The bruising on your daughters face could have been caused by your attempts of mouth to mouth. You, like any parent would be panicking holding your child’s face trying to breathe life back into her. How could you not leave bruises on her face? I have heard of medical professionals breaking the ribs of patients doing chest compressions for heart attack victims.
    Also why are there no scratches on your arms? If you did in fact hold your daughter beneath the surface the child would automatically grab and scratch at the object holding her beneath the surface. Did they test her finger nails for skin? I noticed a photo of you in a green T shirt sleeveless and you are sitting by the pool. You have your head down and appear to be crying. If you did this why are there no scratches on your arms or hands?
    In your son’s testimony and the accompanying picture it illustrates you using one hand to drown his sister. So my wife and I are dissecting this crime as if we we’re the ones doing it. Who uses one hand like your son testifies you did? Who holds the child under the water face up? You would grab them by the back of the neck and shove them face first into the water.
    Now the biggest thing that makes us believe there is something wrong with your son’s testimony. How did your daughter call to her brother, “ AJ, AJ, call the police!” when you were allegedly holding her beneath the water? (That again was my wife’s observation.)
    Now we live in Canada but our laws are very similar. Innocent till proven guilty and both our countries believe in reasonable doubt. There is enough reasonable doubt in our minds to drive a truck through this case. Either we are missing critical evidence in this case or you were screwed royally. We have small children and they are honest and good children but when it comes to who did what? I would never take their testimony as God’s truth.
    Your son goes to his Grandparents home right after the alleged crime, is it possible they put his entire testimony into his head? Did they have reason to?
    In conclusion my wife and I understand that lie detector tests are not reliable enough to be used in a court of law. It is a base instrument, used in law enforcement to point authorities in the right direction, but certainly not infallible. You were convicted by the testimony of a seven year old boy and to us that is ridiculous under scrutiny.
    There is something that stinks in this entire case and even if you are guilty as charged the evidence presented in this program was not sufficient enough to warrant a life sentence. We urge you to find a competent legal professional who can reopen this case and represent you in a reasonable manner. I think the real crime here is you were born poor.
    My wife and I want nothing from you. We just wanted you to know that we think you were wrongfully convicted because the evidence presented in this case did not remove reasonable doubt.
    Unfortunately, this letter and a $1.50 will get you a coffee at 711 in just about every state in America. If we were rich we would certainly spend our money getting you adequate legal representation.
    We will pray for you and your family. Hopefully this letter contains some help, some insight that a legal professional will look at and answer the challenge to come to your aid.

    God Bless.
    Andrew and Robin Mather

     andrew mather — December 15, 2017 @ 7:36 pm
  2. The media is what convicted my son of a crime he did not commit and a lawyer who told him he would not get a fair trial as a result. How can I help him get exonerated?

  3. If you are looking to receive legal aid from the Innocence Project of Florida, the client must write us a letter with their charges, DC number and names of those who may call to ask for status updates. Then we will send that client a questionnaire. After we receive and process said questionnaire, we will determine if we are able to take the case. If you wish to start on this process, please have the client write to us. Our address is: 1100 E Park Ave Tallahassee, FL 32301

     Sarah Burgess — July 9, 2018 @ 2:05 pm
  4. If you are looking to receive legal aid from the Innocence Project of Florida, the client must write us a letter with their charges, DC number and names of those who may call to ask for status updates. Then we will send that client a questionnaire. After we receive and process said questionnaire, we will determine if we are able to take the case. If you wish to start on this process, please have the client write to us. Our address is: 1100 E Park Ave Tallahassee, FL 32301

     Sarah Burgess — July 9, 2018 @ 2:06 pm
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