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True Crime Story: It Couldn't Happen Here

True Crime Story: It Couldn't Happen Here

  • Premiered: 
    September 9, 2021
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  • Network: SundanceTV
  • Category: Series
  • Genre: Documentary
  • Type: Live Action
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  • Subject Matter: Crime
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Plot Synopsis

Each series in the TRUE CRIME STORY franchise focuses on telling a wide variety of true crime stories from a unique perspective. The first installment, IT COULDN'T HAPPEN HERE, is a series of six one-hour episodes that spotlight small-town American crime stories that demonstrate how crime impacts these tight-knit communities. The second installment, INDEFENSIBLE, is comprised of six half-hour episodes that look into cases where the outcome is shaped by more than what initially meets the eye, and in the process brings something new and entirely unexpected to the genre.

Hosted and executive produced by Hilarie Burton Morgan, TRUE CRIME STORY: IT COULDN'T HAPPEN HERE shines a much-needed light on the unique ways in which crime impacts rural communities and their judicial systems. Too often the heartbreaking events in these towns are largely overlooked because they lack the national media platforms and advocacy resources found in larger cities. In each episode, Hilarie hears the facts of the case from family members and local insiders in an attempt to understand the challenges the community faced investigating the crime, learn the lasting impact the crime has had on the fabric of the town, and ultimately call attention to where justice currently stands. Episodes include:

"Adel, Georgia" (Thursday, September 9, 2021): The town of Adel, GA, is rocked by a brutal robbery homicide, and locals quickly point to an outsider as the killer; over 20 years later, new evidence raises the startling question if an innocent man is serving life for another man's crime.

"Sauquoit, New York" (Thursday, September 16, 2021): When a beloved chiropractor in Sauquoit, NY, dies suddenly under strange circumstances, investigators discover she's been murdered with a rare poison; the killer could only be someone she knew closely, and the case divides the town.

"St. Augustine, Florida" (Thursday, September 23, 2021): A young woman in St. Augustine, Florida with everything to live for is found shot to death with the gun belonging to her boyfriend, a Deputy Sheriff. He says it was suicide, but her family believes it was murder.


Production & Distribution

  • Produced by Bungalow Media + Entertainment