When most of us start to bend the fender, we exchange information (and maybe some hot words) and move on with our lives. When a man falls on a fender in Tabasco, Mexico and confronts the perpetrator, he ends up with a bullet in his hand and is charged with kidnapping.
Within hours, three other men were arrested for this apparent kidnapping, all foreigners and believed to be involved by the man next to them. They have now been behind bars for 50 years for crimes they claim were never committed. This case intrigued documentary filmmaker and investigator Roberto Hernandez and led him to investigate the case and police brutality across the country.
During his investigations – during which he interviewed hundreds of criminals:
He found that most of them had been tortured by the police. They were doused with water, beaten, strangled, electrocuted, and extinguished cigarettes. And arrested most of them without any evidence. However contradictory and meaningless, confessions have been prime evidence for decades.
The judges rarely attend trials, and decisions are handed down without further evidence. Even the new system introduced a few years ago did little to improve it. During Hernandez’s research and interviews, he discovers how police officers treat these detainees. In the process, the judges and the prosecutors reveal how corrupt and cruel the entire system is.
Reasonable Doubt: A Tale of Two Kidnappings is not a simple watch. He was not afraid of the horrors these people endured from the police. Or how these accusations destroyed them and their families. It is outrageous to witness the failure of justice across this country.
Especially when it is so clear that everyone knows what is going on. Hernandez spoke to a group of interns who were about to go to the police. And also asked if they wanted to be forced to do these horrible things to the people they were caring for, but they didn’t. But we know the truth.
You will likely be pressured to do it, though. His best intentions. This is the engine. Who refuses to torture people – that’s obvious. And that Hernandez was able to describe this epidemic in the first hour of the series is quite strong.
Armed with gruesome interviews with prisoners:
At the centre of this kidnapping case and the insights of Hernandez and other officials. We’re starting to get the complete picture of the story. Sane doubts are gut-wrenching and terrifying, jumping effortlessly from the big picture. The national torture epidemic – to the more intimate story of these four men.
With actual footage, images, and footage from these cases and a refusal to enjoy a hockey reenactment. Reasonable Doubt: A Tale of Two Kidnappings had a significant impact on an emotional and intellectual level.
This series does a great job of illustrating how easy it is. With only four episodes on the show, it’s also easy to overeat. Though you might want to take it slow if you’re like me; some of these injustices are almost too devastating to bear.
Reasonable Doubts: The Tale of Two Kidnappings may not fit into your typical real-life crime box. We’re not here to delve into the sinister details of a shameful murder. But it’s an essential part of storytelling that pleads, sees, and expects to talk about breaking the system. Deadly and unfair.
Reasonable Doubts is a disturbing and necessary study of Mexico’s corrupt justice system and its far-reaching and devastating effects.