Americans are obsessed with True Crime shows like Netflix’s "Making a Murderer" the podcast "Serial" and HBO’s "The Jinx" so The List’s Bradley Hasemeyer is going to show you where those cases are today and look at why those shows are so addictive... Here's the Lowdown.
Alleged murderer Robert Durst made what seemed like an eerie confession during the final episode of HBO’s documentary series The Jinx. It chronicled his life, the heir to a billion dollar real estate fortune and the accused in more than one murder. His statement made off camera on a live microphone was so shocking it triggered his arrest in New Orleans where he was found with a loaded gun, forty two thousand dollars in cash and multiple fake I.D.’s. He’s pleaded not guilty and is scheduled to be extradited in august to L.A. to face murder charges for the cold case of Susan Berman. Either way, that gun authorities found could get him up to ten years in federal prison, as he is expected to plead guilty to possession of a firearm by a felon.
The ten hour podcast about the murder of a high school student won a Peabody. Downloaded over 68 million times; this true crime show, like all the others doesn't end when the series does. The guy found guilty, Adnan Masud Syed, who was sentenced to life in prison, was later granted an appeal. Serial's current season focuses on Sgt. Bo Bergdhal, an American soldier held for five years by the Taliban and then arrested for desertion.
While suing the police department for falsely imprisoning him for 18 years, Steven Avery was arrested and convicted for the murder of Teresa Halbach. Due to his questionable prosecution chronicled in the series, over three hundred and eighty thousand viewers have signed a petition for his release. Now Avery has a new attorney, Kathleen Zellner who's known for freeing the wrongly convicted.
People held captive by True Crime, on The Lowdown.
Special Thanks to Kyle Green for his contribution towards this segment.