New Netflix drama Unbelievable is based on a traumatic true story

New Netflix drama Unbelievable is based on a traumatic true story





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This looks set to create lots of conversarion.

New Netflix limited series Unbelievable follows the horrific tale of teen Marie Adler (Booksmart star Kaitlyn Dever) who goes to the police after she was bound and raped for hours in her home but found no one believed her claims – including the police and her own loved ones.

The drama also follows the investigations of Detective Rasmussen ( Toni Collette ) and Detective Duvall ( Merritt Wever ) as they track down a prolific serial rapist.

However, this dark drama is even more hard-hitting due to the fact that it is based on a Pulitzer Prize-winning report of a real case, written by T. Christian Miller and Ken Armstrong, entitled An Unbelievable Story of Rape.

According to the article on The Marshall Project , the real-life Marie was a foster child who had been passed around various foster homes of varying conditions throughout her life – separated often from her three siblings and never being successfully adopted.

 

Kaitlyn Dever in UNBELIEVABLE

Eventually, Marie settled in Lynnwood, Washington State, with foster mother Shannon McQuery and husband Bellevue, before then moving with children’s advocate Peggy Cunningham.

However, after moving into a subsidized apartment when turning 18, Marie awoke in the night to find a man standing over her with a knife.

The assailant then tied her with her own shoelaces, gagged her, and raped her for hours before departing.

Marie called the police after managing to cut herself free and her statement was taken.

However, former foster mother Shannon and friend Peggy began to believe that Marie had made the whole story up due to her unusual behaviour, prompting the police to treat her as guilty of filing a false report.

Marie was pressured to recant her claim and was threatened with legal action if she failed a lie detector test, prompting her to say it could have been a dream or that she said it due to stress.

 

Marie is questioned in UNBELIEVABLE

Charged $500 for court services and as having falsified a police report, Marie was left in a vulnerable place.

Meanwhile, in Colorado and Denver, two female detectives Stacy Galbraith and Edna Hendershot began to notice similarities between a very precise and calculated series of rapes and found that a serial rapist was breaking into homes and raping women before taking photographs of his victims and forcing them to shower to remove evidence of his crimes.

Armed with knowledge of marks on his body and his vehicle, the detectives began a hunt to bring him to justice.

And they got him.

Eventually, army veteran Marc O’Leary was found guilty of 28 counts of rape in Colorado, being sentenced on December 9, 2011, to 327.5 years in prison.

 

Merritt Wever (left) and Toni Collette (right) in UNBELIEVABLE

He was also found guilty of two rapes in Washington State, one of which was his rape of Marie.

Images of Marie had been found on O’Leary’s computer along with his other victims in Colorado.

Since she had been charged, however, Marie’s life had been on a downward spiral as she considered suicide, having been told she couldn’t stay with Shannon anymore and her former best friend set up a website that dubbed her a liar.

The police gave Marie $500 and had her charges removed from her record when the truth was confirmed.

Peggy and Shannon both apologised to Marie and she forgave them both.

UNBELIEVABLE

Marie went on to sue the city, taking home a settlement of £150,000.

Today, Marie is a long-haul trucker and is married with two children.

However, no one in Lynnwood Police Department was disciplined for their actions, but Marie did receive an apology which she believed was sincere.

Unbelievable is available now on Netflix.

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