True-crime docuseries are sometimes more horrific than horror/fictional crime stories. Netflix has proven this statement time and again by releasing the best docuseries. Now, we have a new true-crime docuseries from Israel called The Motive on Netflix.
From “Making a Murderer,” to “The Last Dance,” Netflix has mastered the art of docuseries. The Motive on Netflix presents grainy archival footage of the investigation in the 1986 murders by a 14-year-old boy.
What was the case?
A home in Ein Karem, just south of Jerusalem, summoned the police on a rainy Friday night in the winter of 1986. There, they found a gruesome scene: the killer had fatally shot Nissim Cohen and his wife Leah, at point-blank range while sleeping in their beds, and their teenage daughters Anat and Shira had died in the same manner upstairs.
Avi Samuel, the youth investigator at the Jerusalem Police Department, was quick to dismiss the cause of crime as terrorism or burglary. The perpetrator did not loot the house of valuables, neither did the family have any political connections. Hence, the investigator had an intuition that it could have been someone from the family. Avi interviewed the only living member of the family, the 14-year-old boy, who immediately confessed to the crime, telling the investigator that a green monster ordered him to do so.
Is it worth my time?
People can’t keep quiet about this series and are asking questions regarding the same on several social media platforms. In addition, this docuseries has just four parts with each of them not longer than 45 minutes.
The Motive captures the core element of true crime that is creating doubt in your mind, even though you know the killer. But sometimes, it takes this too far, and the viewer can feel irritated by the never-ending mysteries with no payoff. While the show creators Tali Shemesh and Asaf Sudri blur the line between fiction and reality by staging some scenes, they cover it up with interviews from psychologists, forensics experts, and neighbors.
Rookie or a seasoned pro, this will interest you, and to be clear there are some pretty good twists in the series. So, it would be better if you found out for yourself. At the of the day, The Motive on Netflix confirms that truth is stranger than fiction.