Must Watch is a curation of some of the world’s most critically acclaimed and award winning true-crime documentary films, showcasing the most confronting, chilling and thought-provoking films from the last two decades. These are the films you need to see this month:
Deliver Us from Evil
Saturday November 4 at 9:30pm AEDT
Father Oliver O’Grady is a parish priest straight from an old Bing Crosby movie, an Irishman with a soft brogue and a modest, gentle manner. Those attributes must have helped ingratiate him with the dozens of families whose children—including one 9-month-old baby—he molested over a period of 20 years, as church leaders studiedly turned the other cheek.
From 1973, when O’Grady’s first offence occurred, until he finally went to jail in 1993, he was shuttled from parish to parish in Central California, often after outraged parents were assured that he would be defrocked or at least removed from contact with children. Roger Mahony, the Los Angeles archbishop who oversaw O’Grady’s protection for decades, is now a cardinal in the Catholic Church. The film argues persuasively that Mahony orchestrated the O’Grady cover-up to protect his own career.
In Cold Blood: The Chris Lane Story
Saturday November 11 at 9.30pm AEDT
He was Australia’s rising sports star, who went to America to pursue his baseball dream. Then the unthinkable happened. On Friday, August 16, 2013, Chris Lane set off for his afternoon jog in southern Oklahoma – a route he’d run many times before – when he was gunned down from behind by three callous and bored teenage joyriders. Suffering severe internal injuries to his heart and lungs, Chris died on the side of the road. He was 22 years old. The three teenage boys – aged just 15, 16 and 17 at the time of the attack – are now behind bars.
Anita Cobby: You Thought You Knew It All
Saturday November 18 at 9:30pm AEDT
It was the crime that changed a country. On February 2, 1986, 26-year-old nurse Anita Cobby was grabbed off the street, driven to an isolated paddock and brutally murdered. The trial of her five killers — including three brothers — captivated Australia and the world. All were sentenced to life imprisonment, their files marked “never to be released”. But the real story has never been told. Her forgotten husband John Cobby, who was the prime suspect in her murder and has been in hiding for the last three decades, gives an extraordinary television interview.
The Price Of Honor
Saturday November 25 at 9:30pm AEDT
“The Price of Honor” is a documentary film about the murders of Amina and Sarah Said, teenage sisters from Lewisville, Texas, who were killed in a premeditated “honor killing” in 2008. The film chronicles the lives of the sisters and the path to their eventual murders by their own father, Yaser Said, who fled the crime scene and remains at large.