- Warning: There are spoilers ahead for "Unbelievable"
- The Netflix miniseries "Unbelievable" is based on a real string of sexual assaults that happened between 2008 and 2011 in Washington and Colorado.
- Upon reporting her rape, an 18-year-old survivor was coerced into recanting by the local police department and eventually charged with submitting a false report.
- Two Colorado detectives eventually solved the case and vindicated the teenage survivor when they teamed up, realizing similar attacks had occurred in their respective jurisdictions.
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Netflix's true crime miniseries "Unbelievable," based on the 2015 ProPublica article "An Unbelievable Story of Rape," by Ken Armstrong and T. Christian Miller, is already being lauded for its empathetic portrayal of sexual assault survivors and honest exploration of the ways the system fails them.
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The series centers around 18-year-old Marie Adler (played by Kaitlyn Dever) who reports a rape in Lynnwood, Washington by a masked intruder, only for police to coerce her into recanting her story when they doubt her credibility. The show also follows the two detectives who team up to hunt down the serial rapist that other law enforcement professionals have largely ignored.
Since the story was based on true events, and stuck closely to the narrative as told by ProPublica's reporters, viewers are likely to wonder what became of the real people depicted in the miniseries.