A mum who tracked down her daughter's killer using a series of fake MySpace accounts is the subject of a new true crime doc on Netflix.
The story is exceptionally chilling but one of brilliant revenge - as the mother tirelessly searched for her daughter's killers.
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Netflix truly is king when it comes to true crime documentaries.The streaming service always kills it when it comes to true crime documentaries. For example, The Confession Tapes, a show exploring what causes people to falsely confess to crimes that they didn't commit.
Or how about this classic?The Staircase first aired in 2004, but Netflix picked up the documentary and added some updated episodes last year. It explores the mystery of the death of Kathleen Peterson and is well worth a watch.
And of course Making A Murderer.
Making a Murderer may be the documentary series that we can credit with reinvigorating the genre and it kick-started all of our obsessions with anything dark and grisly.
These documentaries all have something in common.
They involve some element of mystery - typically along the lines of who killed who, and why?
Despite being completely macabre, people have a huge fascination with true crime.
Some people like to try and solve the crimes themselves.
Others just have a morbid fascination.
In fact, people enjoy watching true crime documentaries for a whole host of reasons.
And now there's a new true crime doc coming to Netflix.
And it's a truly chilling story of murder and revenge.
It's the story of Belinda Lane.
And for most of her life, Belinda was just a normal American mom.
But that all changed in February 2006.
When Belinda was forced to witness something no mother should ever have to see.
She saw her daughter getting gunned down.
Her daughter, Crystal Theobald, was shot dead in cold blood by ruthless gang members.
The murder was a case of mistaken identity.
Crystal was following her mother's car, and was seated between her boyfriend and her brother.
A gang member's car pulled up alongside them.
And they mistook Crystal's car for that of a rival gangs before opening fire numerous times.
After the tragic killing, Belinda stopped at nothing to find those responsible.
And she did so by working tirelessly to track them down.
Speaking back in 2016, Belinda said:
Baby girl, I promise you if it takes my last breath, I will get them; I promise you, you will have justice.
She created numerous fake MySpace accounts to reach out to potential suspects.
And in 2016, her efforts were eventually fulfilled when those responsible were arrested thanks to her work.
In May 2016, suspect William 'Jokes' Sotelo was arrested in central Mexico, having fled there after Crystal's death.
Authorities stated at the time they were able to bring Sotelo into custody on account of Lane's excellent online detective work.
Riverside Police Lt. Christian Dinco told The Washington Post:
She was very instrumental, working on social media to help us identify where he might be. She provided important information that helped lead us to the capture of William Sotelo.
Without her help, he would likely still be outstanding right now.
The story will be told in full in a new Netflix doc...
It was announced today that our @netflix documentary 'Why Did You Kill Me?', which I produced along with @cautherley, directed by brilliant Fredrick Munk, drops on April 14th. Proud (especially of Fred) & looking forward to sharing this incredible story:-) https://t.co/HxeBLf9Yms pic.twitter.com/Y2xDBXXIwu— Lucy Walker (@lucywalkerfilm) March 25, 2021
And the true crime doc, Why Did You Kill Me?, lands in just a few weeks.
The official Netflix synopsis reads:
After her daughter is killed, a mother uses the social networking site MySpace to investigate the people she believes are responsible, resulting in reverberations for multiple families.
But will the line between justice and revenge be blurred?
Why Did You Kill Me? will land on Netflix on April 14.
It's set to become a future classic of Netflix's true crime genre.