Review: Suspenseful crime doc ‘hits viewer with cat wink’


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With Jens Soering and John Grisham
Directors: André Hörman and Lena Leonhardt

It’s not every day that the famous crime writer, John Grisham, makes himself available for an interview for a television documentary, but for the much-discussed documentary, Till Murder Do Us Part: Soering vs Haysomhe rinsed his mouth properly and expertly.

This sensational murder case in 1985 dragged on for years before both defendants were found guilty and sent to prison. Don’t worry, I’m not revealing anything in the spoiler alert-department not. This information has been known from the beginning.

What is not known is what seems to have actually happened. Jens, then still completely innocent, fell in love with the strong, manipulative and sexually driven Elizabeth Haysom. In 1985, both admitted to gruesomely murdering Elizabeth’s parents, then fled the country before being arrested. Just a warning: both parents’ bloody corpses at the murder scene are explicitly shown. So watch out.

In court, however, other versions of what apparently happened came out and that is what makes this documentary so compelling and sensational. In particular, it concerns Elizabeth’s almost diabolical manipulation of the innocent 18-year-old German, how she seduced him, and what presumably happened that terrible night. But even worse: Jens himself talks to the viewer about what he claims happened after he was recently released.

Just know: you won’t know what’s going on later, especially in the extremely exciting court scenes. If you like true crime series, that is Till Murder Do Us Part: Soering vs Haysom amazingly good. You will reason after each episode and figure out the new facts anew. It’s now on Netflix and may blow your mind. You can’t stop watching. Put it at the top of your list.