Updated: 3 days ago
(available on Amazon Prime)
Warning: Heavy use of profane language
FTC Rating: 4 out of 5
What would you do for your best friend? For Al Smith, this question led him down a dark path when he was asked by a trusted “friend” to help dispose of a body. A man battling poverty, loneliness, and mental health issues, Al Smith reluctantly admits to the 1974 shooting of a young mother to solidify this new blood pact with his accomplices, who then betray his trust.
This four-part docuseries reveals the shocking truth behind Al Smiths’ confession and how he became the police’s number one suspect in the murder of his neighbor, Beverly Lynn Smith.
- Those unfamiliar with this case may be confused by the beginning of this docuseries because it does not follow a “typical” True Crime format. However, this unusual structure is a strength as the filmmakers successfully pull a bait and switch on their audience, bolstering the central theme of the docuseries.
- Reveals the rougher side of Canada and the struggles of those living in an economically depressed town
- Family participant interviews are raw and emotional.
- The interrogation tapes of Linda Smith
- Details of the Mr. Big sting and clips featuring the undercover operative
- Even if Beverly’s unsolved case was not the central focus, the docuseries did honor her memory.
- Slow, slightly off-putting start
- Did not include any interviews with the Durham Regional Police
- Could benefit from additional court transcripts and information about the use of the Mr. Big sting operations in other Canadian cases.
Al Smith’s defence team and reporters featured in this docuseries weave a convincing argument for Al Smith’s innocence. The tactics used to elicit a “confession” were so extreme, I firmly believe the sting ultimately destroyed the accused and the only chance to solve this cold case for Beverly’s family.
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