The newly released records, obtained by Showtime and reviewed by The AP, show a pattern and practice of sexual assault by guards at the Jefferson Davis Parish Jail stretching back nearly two decades.
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Murder in the Bayou chronicles the eight unsolved homicides and exposes the Jennings drug trade, systemic police misconduct and political corruption.
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Showtime’s five-part documentary series is all the things you want from true crime—a series of horrific murders, candid interviews, tantalizing hints of a law-enforcement conspiracy—along with a dose of much-needed self-awareness.
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Refinery29 spoke with Brown about the series, the ways in which the case has evolved since he first became aware of it, and the potential that true crime entertainment has to be a changemaker in social and criminal justice.
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Just when you think you can't possibly deal with another big-ticket true-crime documentary series, along comes something else to get you sucked back in. This time it's Showtime's Murder in the Bayou, a five-part series that takes us inside the bloody terror that has for years gripped the small town of Jennings, Louisiana.
Director Matthew Galkin (Kevorkian) and journalist Ethan Brown (on whose book the series is based) compile riveting interviews with those around the murders – some of whom have been accused of certain murders themselves – to paint an ever more disturbing picture.
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A variety of outlets reviewed Fairhaven’s new Showtime series, praising Galkin's filmmaking and investigative storytelling.
From The Hollywood Reporter: “Galkin's access is tremendous and his interview subjects are seemingly candid to the point of excess.”
From Bustle: "If there's one thing to be taken away from the show, Brown hopes it's that people realize the story "doesn't just end with more people going to jail." It ends with a renewed focus on resources for mental health and drug misuse that communities like Jennings desperately need.”
From The Daily Beast: “Murder in the Bayou comes across not as a retread but, instead, as another stark example of the elusiveness of justice in a world riddled with vice, immorality, inequality and incompetence. With striking aesthetics that augment its keen investigative storytelling, it’s a defiant plea against indifference.
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This new five-part documentary series is based on the book by Ethan Brown, and it patiently, and often disturbingly, explores the unsolved murders of eight women in Jennings, La. — women who, because of poverty and addiction, were perceived as somehow disposable. Sometimes true crime shows or podcasts can feel like perverse rubbernecking, but this gives voice to the victims’ families and never ignores the humanity of its subjects.
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“I am in the series and I guided a lot of the investigative work for the series,” he explains. “I feel like the docuseries really moves the ball forward and also significantly expands on the investigation in the book. But it also puts a human face to this that I am not sure any writer could do.”
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Showtime Documentary Films released the trailer for “Murder in the Bayou,” its first true-crime docuseries.
Inspired by Ethan Brown’s best-selling novel of the same name, the five-part docuseries investigates the unsolved murders of eight women whose bodies were discovered between 2005 and 2009 in drainage canals and on back roads in and around the town of Jennings, Louisiana, in rural Jefferson Davis Parish.
Matthew Galkin (“Kevorkian”) directs and executive produces along with Julie Goldman, Christopher Clements, Carolyn Hepburn and Ethan Brown. Joshua Levine is a producer. The series is a co-production of Fairhaven and Motto Pictures for Showtime.
“Murder in the Bayou” premieres September 13 at 9/8c on Showtime.
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Industrial Media has signed an overall deal with producer and director Matthew Galkin's Fairhaven Films to produce documentary series and movies.
The deal expands an existing relationship between Galkin (HBO's Kevorkian, CNN's Inside Man) and the independent production group: Industrial Media's Intellectual Property Corp. is developing a limited series for CNBC with Galkin and Fairhaven.
Under the deal, Industrial CEO Eli Holzman and president Aaron Saidman will work with Galkin to develop and produce new documentary TV and film content under the Industrial banner.
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