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.
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.
News of the case spread around the world and sparked horror, with the hashtag #freecyntoiabrown going viral.
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.
This Cyntoia Brown story is making me so angry :pensive:
- aybd :) (@mamaonyx) April 29, 2020
watching Cyntoia Brown's netflix documentary and angry crying
- j Ⓥ (@astro_vegan) April 30, 2020
Just watched the Cyntoia Brown doc on Netflix and even now that she's released, her story makes me so emotional. I'm rooting for you girl, we are all rooting for you Cyntoia!!!!!!!- Anna Waterson (@poochicken12) April 29, 2020
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.
The Cyntoia Brown documentary made me extremely sad and angry.
- Neff (@NeffDavis) April 30, 2020
I burst into tears when I saw #CyntoiaBrown's story is finally out on Netflix. Absolutely crazy she was ever treated this way. I want to give her a hug. Child abuse just isn't understood the way it should be, even now. I hope she's doing well.- Emma Mae (@EmmaMaeV1) April 29, 2020
"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 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.
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