Sky's Gripping New True Crime Documentary 'Who Killed Garrett Phillips?' Has Left People 'Infuriated'
The two-part true crime documentary tells the story of 12-year-old Garrett Phillips who was murdered at his home in Potsdam, a town in St. Lawrence County, New York.
The documentary examines the years following the 2011 murder of the youngster and the subsequent trial of Clarkson University soccer coach Oral 'Nick' Hillary.
Mr Hillary, a black man living in a mainly white community, was an ex-boyfriend of Garrett's mum Tandy Cyrus. He became a suspect for her son's murder.
The documentary delves into why - with no DNA or fingerprint evidence linking Mr Hillary to the crime - he ended up on trial five years after the killing.
One review on IMDb said: "This is startling to watch. My heart bleeds for Mr. Hillary and to the young victim in this case, Garrett; neither of which are given justice. This is a grievous miscarriage of justice."
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I couldn't even get through the first episode of "Who killed Garrett Phillips" because I wanted to throw something at the TV. Sky Crime is bad for my blood pressure.
- Becca (@cupofteague) October 20, 2019
If you like true crime I recommend Who Killed Garrett Phillips? Absolutely speechless at how law enforcement handled the whole thing.
- Lisa (@lisadunn1978) October 20, 2019
Just watched part one of Who killed Garrett Phillips.
- Stephanie (@stephy808) October 20, 2019
The programme certainly got people thinking, with one person taking to Twitter writing: "Just finished @HBO's Who Killed Garrett Phillips? I'm infuriated with the way an entire community treated an INNOCENT man wrongfully accused of murder."
Another HBO documentary getting people hot under the collar is I Love You, Now Die: The Commonwealth V. Michelle Carter which aired in the UK and split viewers' opinions.
The two-episodes focus on the heartbreaking story of 18-year-old Conrad Roy, who took his own life, and his girlfriend Michelle Carter who was accused of encouraging him to carry out the suicide.
Carter was charged with involuntary manslaughter and, following a headline-grabbing trial, was found guilty. The unusual case was splashed across the media, with many media outlets portraying Carter as an evil monster.
However, since the documentary aired on Sky Crime and new details were shared, such as Carter's struggles with her own mental health and badly prescribed medication, viewers are now divided.
Who Killed Garrett Phillips? and I Love You, Now Die: The Commonwealth V. Michelle Carter are now available to stream now on Sky Crime and NOW TV.
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