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New Netflix Show Unbelievable Is Based On A Traumatic True Story

New Netflix Show Unbelievable Is Based On A Traumatic True Story

If you're a true crime fan, then new Netflix drama Unbelievable is likely to be going on your binge list.

The brand-new drama stars Toni Collette, Merritt Wever, and Kaitlyn Dever, and it's based on a remarkable true story.

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Over eight episodes, Unbelievable follows the terrible tale of young Marie Adler, who goes to the police after she was brutally attacked and raped in her home - only to find that nobody believes her, not even her loved ones.

The series also simultaneously follows investigations of Detective Duvall and Detective Rasmussen as they attempt to track down a serial rapist.

The two detectives try to track down a serial rapist Credit: Netflix
The two detectives try to track down a serial rapist Credit: Netflix

The scariest part of it all is that it's based on a Pulitzer Prize-winning report of a real case which was written by T. Christian Miller and Ken Armstrong, entitled An Unbelievable Story of Rape.

According to an article on The Marshall Project, Marie woke up one night to find a man looming over her with a knife. He tied her up with his own shoelaces, gagged her, and raped her for hours before departing.

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She managed to cut herself free, and had her statement taken by police. However former foster mother and her friend Peggy start to believe that the whole story was made up due to her unusual behaviour. This then led the police to treat her as guilty of filling a false report.

However, in Colorado and Denver, two detectives noticed similarities between a very calculated series of rapes which also shared similarities to that of Marie.

Unbelievable comes out on Netflix today Credit: Netflix
Unbelievable comes out on Netflix today Credit: Netflix

A detailed Netflix synopsis reads:

"Teenager Marie Adler (Kaitlyn Dever) files a police report claiming she's been sexually assaulted by an intruder in her home.

"However, the investigating detectives, as well as the people closest to her, come to doubt the truth of her story.

"Meanwhile, hundreds of miles away, detectives Grace Rasmussen and Karen Duvall (Emmy winners Toni Collette and Merritt Wever) meet while investigating an eerily similar pair of intruder rapes and partner to catch a potential serial rapist.

"Unbelievable is inspired by the real events in The Marshall Project and ProPublica Pulitzer Prize-winning article, An Unbelievable Story of Rape, written by T. Christian Miller and Ken Armstrong, and the This American Life radio episode, Anatomy of Doubt.

"With episodes directed by Oscar nominees Susannah Grant and Lisa Cholodenko, Unbelievable is a story of unspeakable trauma, unwavering tenacity, and astounding resilience."

Unbelievable dropped on Netflix today.

Featured Image Credit: Netflix

Topics: Entertainment, World News, TV and Film, True Crime, News, Interesting, Netflix

Mark Cunliffe

Mark is a writer at LADbible with a creative writing background and a history working at some of Manchester's biggest agencies. He loves football and music that screams a lot.

 

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