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Viewers Are ‘Angry Crying’ Over The Cyntoia Brown Documentary

Viewers Are ‘Angry Crying’ Over The Cyntoia Brown Documentary

Murder To Mercy: The Cyntoia Brown Story dropped on Netflix this week - and viewers have been left "angry crying".

Details of the harrowing case, which gained the attention of the global press, will be familiar to many.

Child sex trafficking victim Cyntoia Brown was handed a life sentence in 2006 for the first-degree murder of 43-year-old Nashville real estate agent Johnny Allen.

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It was reported that Allen had paid for sex with the then-16-year-old Cyntoia, who subsequently shot him dead.

Prosecutors claimed that Cyntoia's motive was robbery, but she maintained that she had acted in self-defence, saying that she feared for her life during her encounter with Allen.

Viewers took to Twitter to air their feelings after what had clearly been an emotional watch (Credit: Netflix)
Viewers took to Twitter to air their feelings after what had clearly been an emotional watch (Credit: Netflix)

News of the case spread around the world and sparked horror, with the hashtag #freecyntoiabrown going viral.

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Celebrities including Rihanna and Kim Kardashian jumped on board the campaign, using their voices to show support for Cyntoia, and sharing the cause with their followers.

Finally, on August 7th 2019, Cyntoia was granted clemency by Tennessee Governor Bill Haslam and released from prison.

By that point, she has already spent 15 years behind bars.

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Murder To Mercy: The Cyntoia Brown Story tells the story of Cyntoia's imprisonment through to her eventual release, examining the judicial and prison systems she found herself in.

Viewers took to Twitter to air their feelings after what had clearly been an emotional watch.

"This Cyntoia Brown story is making me so angry," wrote one.

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"Watching Cyntoia Brown's netflix documentary and angry crying," agreed another distressed viewer.

A third chimed in: "I've just finished watching Murder to Mercy: The Cyntoia Brown Story on Netflix. What a fascinating documentary. Not easy to keep a dry eye."

While another commented: "The CyntoiaBrown documentary on Netflix was one of the most moving things I've seen in a very long time. Really shows how people are capable of change - definitely go and watch it if you do anything today."

Cyntoia was granted clemency by Tennessee Governor Bill Haslam on August 7th 2019 (Credit: Netflix)
Cyntoia was granted clemency by Tennessee Governor Bill Haslam on August 7th 2019 (Credit: Netflix)

Cyntoia herself was not involved in the making of the documentary. The revelation that the Netflix original was not authorised by its subject has left some viewers with mixed feelings about the project.

Murder to Mercy: The Cyntoia Brown Story is available to stream on Netflix now.

Featured Image Credit: Netflix

Topics: TV and Film, True Crime, TV Entertainment, Murder To Mercy: The Cyntoia Brown Story, Documentary, Netflix

Mary-Jane Wiltsher

Mary-Jane Wiltsher is a freelance lifestyle and culture journalist. Elsewhere she writes for Stylist, Euronews, PHOENIX and What We Seee.