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People Are In Tears Of Anger After Watching Netflix Doc 'The Innocence Files'

People Are In Tears Of Anger After Watching Netflix Doc 'The Innocence Files'

Netflix viewers have taken to social media to vent their fury after watching its latest true crime series.

The Innocence Files is a nine-part documentary series that focuses on eight cases of wrongful conviction - and people have been left in tears by some of the heartbreaking stories.

The series looks at the cases of Chester Hollman III, Kenneth Wyniemko, Alfred Dewayne Brown, Thomas Haynesworth, Franky Carrillo, Levon Brooks, Kennedy Brewer, and Keith Harward - who are all believed to have suffered a miscarriage of justice.

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One of the cases, Thomas Haynesworth, was wrongfully convicted of rape, robbery and abduction in the eighties; while Alfred Dewayne Brown was sentenced to death after being implicated in an armed robbery in which two men were killed.

The series focuses on eight cases of wrongful conviction (Credit: Netflix)
The series focuses on eight cases of wrongful conviction (Credit: Netflix)

One jailmate, Levon Brooks, was sentenced to life in prison for sexually assaulting and murdering a three-year-old girl. Despite having a strong alibi, he was sentenced based on bite marks that appeared to match his own. But less than two years after his conviction, a near identical assault and murder took place in the same town.

Another man, Kennedy Brewer, was sentenced to death for the crime, but in 2008, new DNA testing cleared him and implicated another person instead.

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The new suspect ended up confessing to both murders and Levon was finally released after serving 16 years. Tragically, he passed away of cancer 10 years later in 2018, at the age of 58.

Viewers were in tears of anger at the injustice (Credit: Netflix)
Viewers were in tears of anger at the injustice (Credit: Netflix)

Viewers have found the series to be an incredibly difficult watch, with several admitting they were in tears while others were absolutely furious at the injustice.

One person tweeted: "I'm 20 minutes into episode 1 of #TheInnocenceFiles and I'm already screaming" while another said: "Anyone seen The Innocence Files yet? Justice system in the US is anti-poor, damn! I almost broke down in tears watching those episodes. I have two more to go!"

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Others agreed, with another viewer saying she was "in tears watching".

Another person, who was upset to learn about Levon's death, added: "Anyone else watchin #TheInnocenceFiles? I'm on episode 4! Amazing work but so gutted to hear about Levon, 18 years in prison for a crime he didn't commit to than pass away 10 years later? Sigh. He didn't even get to really enjoy his freedom. I'm not ready for the next episodes."


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Other viewers couldn't contain their anger at the stories of injustice, with several raging about Dr Michael West, a forensic odontologist who features in the series.

Both Levon and Kennedy were wrongly convicted with bite mark evidence that was presented to Dr West during the investigation process.

One person said: "Everytime Dr. West talks on the innocence files i get chills down my spine"" while another tweeted: "Watching the Innocence Files - shows the injustice when people put their faith in the dodgy forensic science of odontology, innocent men on death row with powerful stories to tell."

While another wrote: "Busy watching The Innocence Files on Netflix and it's making me completely sick to my stomach, anger, sad, all the the bloody emotions you could imagine!"



Hundreds of viewers called the series "heartbreaking" with many struggling to comprehend how the men were convicted, based on the evidence presented.

Each case in the series was worked on by The Innocence Project and the Innocence Network - non-profit organisations committed to exonerating the wrongly-convicted.

The series is broken down into three parts: evidence, witness and prosecution, and shines a light on how wrongful convictions are made, through misidentification, misconduct and faulty forensic science.

You can binge-watch the entire series on Netflix now.

Featured Image Credit: Netflix

Topics: Entertainment News, TV News, TV Entertainment, Netflix

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