There is an array of true crime documentaries being released on Netflix in the coming weeks, but Netflix new true crime drama 'When They See Us' could be the most interesting of the lot. The mini-series will document the notorious case of the 'Central Park Five'. In 1989, a woman was brutally beaten and raped while jogging in Central Park. Five young men, four black and one Hispanic, were accused of the crime.
Convicted despite zero DNA evidence or eyewitness accounts connecting them to the crime, and major inconsistencies in their coerced testimonies about the event, the five young men — Antron McCray, Raymond Santana, Kevin Richardson, Korey Wise and Yusef Salaam — were exonerated 13 years later, after a serial rapist confessed and was matched to DNA samples collected at the scene. They settled a civil lawsuit against the city of New York in 2014 for $41 million. The series will span the duration of the case, from first questioning in 1989 to their exoneration 25 years later.
The four-part true crime series features the likes of Michael K. Williams (The Wire), Vera Farmiga (The Departed), John Leguizamo (John Wick), Felicity Huffman (Transamerica), Blair Underwood (In Treatment), Joshua Jackson (Dawson's Creek), Famke Janssen (X-Men) and many more.
Watch the full trailer here.
The series arrives on Netflix this Friday 31st May, just in time for the three-day weekend.