Netflix's Unbelievable is being called the most "important" true crime drama of all time

17 September 2019, 14:29 | Updated: 17 September 2019, 14:36

By Sam Prance

Unbelievable is being praised by Netflix viewers for depicting Marie Alder's true story as a victim of rape.

WARNING: This article could contain triggering descriptions of sexual assault. If this could affect you, please read with caution.

Netflix viewers are lauding Unbelievable for showcasing the ways in which the police continually fail victims of rape.

Unbelievable came out on Netflix on Friday (Sep 13) and immediately received widespread critical acclaim. The true crime drama tells the real story of Marie Adler (Kaitlyn Dever) and how the police carelessly mishandled her rape case.

READ MORE: Where is Marie Adler now? The true story behind Unbelievable on Netflix

In 2008, Marie was gagged, bound and raped in her flat in Lynwood, Washington. When she reported the rape, the police didn't believe her. They coerced her into saying she was lying and then charged her with a gross misdemeanour for "lying" to them.

Marie was telling the truth and yet the police treated her like a suspect instead of the victim she was.

Netflix's Unbelievable is being called the most "important" true-crime series of all time
Netflix's Unbelievable is being called the most "important" true-crime series of all time. Picture: Netflix

In 2011, two female detectives from Colorado, Stacy Galbraith (Karen Duvall in the show, played by Merritt Wever) and Edna Hendershot (Grace Rasmussen in the show, played by Toni Collette), worked together and caught serial rapist Marc O'Leary (Christopher McCarthy in the show). In doing so, they found Marc guilty of raping 27 women. He photographed his victims and his digital camera contained explicit evidence that one of his victims was Marie Adler.

Stacy and Edna then contacted the Lynwood police to tell them that they had found Marie's rapist. The police then informed Marie and Marie sued the city and received a settlement of $150,000. The police involved in Marie's case also apologised to her after Marie confronted them. However, the settlement and apology still couldn't change the fact that Marie lost friends, family and work because of how the police handled her case. She was brandished a liar.

Unsurprisingly, viewers are heartbroken by the series, outraged by what happened to Marie and praising Netflix for adapting such an important story into a show. One viewer tweeted: "I’m so fucking angry. We have to believe women, especially kids. My mom didn’t believe me when I told her about what happened to me and because of that it just kept happening", another wrote: "This is literally why women struggle with admitting to being sexually assaulted".

All eight episodes of Unbelievable are available to watch on Netflix now.

If you - or anyone you know - needs help, please contact the following: If you're in the US, the National Sexual Assault Hotline is available 24/7 at 800-656-HOPE and you can also visit RAINN. If you're in the UK, you can visit Rape Crisis or call 0808 802 9999.