Unbelievable and other Netflix shows and films about coerced confessions

Photo: Atsushi Nishijima/Netflix. Acquired via Netflix Media Center.
Photo: Atsushi Nishijima/Netflix. Acquired via Netflix Media Center. /
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Amanda Knox via Netflix
Amanda Knox via Netflix /

Amanda Knox

Amanda Knox’s first lines in the Netflix documentary about her imprisonment are, “If I’m guilty, it means I’m the ultimate figure to fear because I’m not the obvious one. If I’m innocent, it means that everyone is vulnerable and that’s everyone’s nightmare. Either I’m a psychopath in sheep’s clothing, or I’m you.”

Knox’s words are chilling and so was the crime she was imprisoned for. Knox was a young, foreign exchange student in Perugia, Italy, who was rooming with an English student from the U.K., Meredith Kercher. Knox quickly fell in love with a local Italian Raffaele Sollecito and was staying at his apartment the night Kercher was murdered.

Despite the lack of evidence, the gossip from tabloids led Italian police and prosecutors to believe that Knox and Kercher accidentally murdered Meredith during a “sex act gone wrong.” Kercher and Knox were separated for interrogations and reportedly beaten for confessions by law enforcement. Officials convinced Knox that she had amnesia and was told to confess or she would never see her friends families again.

Unlike Netflix’s other coerced confession shows, Amanda Knox is actually a film and Knox herself gets the chance to tell the story in her own words. Italian investigators and British tabloid writers are also interviewed and it makes for a rich, well-rounded documentary about not just murder, but manipulation.

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What are some other shows streaming on Netflix, Amazon or Hulu that deal with coerced confessions or wrongful convictions? Have you watched any of the above? What did you think? Leave your thoughts below!