When some details of Marie's recollection didn't add up, it left everyone involved — her guardians and the detectives assigned to the case — believing that maybe it didn't happen after all. Danielle acknowledges that it can be hard for some viewers to stomach, but it’s necessary to show the grisly reality that survivors face, all of which is done without idealizing the story. You can also visit online.rainn.org to receive support via confidential online chat. Suddenly faced with two suspects instead of one, the team races to ID the rapist and make an arrest. I'm torn all over again," another said. As many critics have noted, the show sets up an endearing buddy cop dynamic between Duvall, based on Golden, Colo., Detective Stacy Galbraith, and Rasmussen, based on Galbraith’s real-life counterpart, Westminster, Colo., Detective Edna Hendershot. When his fiancée disappears, he must uncover buried secrets — or lose everything. Armstrong, the co-author of the original article, devoted a lengthy Twitter thread to the series Monday. Learn more about our use of cookies and information. She is someone who trusted me with her story, painful as it was,” he wrote. This content is imported from Twitter. Ad Choices, "Unbelievable" Actor Danielle Macdonald on How the Series Puts an Important Focus on Survivors of Trauma, "It always felt like this was just purely understanding what a survivor goes through and the trauma.”. © 2020 Condé Nast. It follows the true story of an 18-year-old woman named Marie, who in 2008, filed a report claiming she was gagged, bound, and raped. We may earn commission from links on this page, but we only recommend products we back. While Kaitlyn Dever (who plays Marie Adler in the Netflix series) tells GoodHousekeeping.com that she hoped Unbelievable would "start a conversation," she doesn't think the series necessarily "vilifies" the two male cops. By August 2008, when Marie reported her rape, she was living on her own in Lynnwood, a Seattle suburb. In 1980s Amsterdam, a family starts the first-ever phone sex line — but being in the business of sexual desires leads them to question their own. She also "listened to the woman with a sense of alarm.". I instantly felt very comfortable. Merritt Wever, Unbelievable’s standout star, plays Colorado detective Karen Duvall, the empathetic and thorough (if a little green) lead investigator who spots a pattern of similar rape cases, and later teams up with Grace to catch a potential serial rapist. Amber, who is an anonymous rape survivor in the original account, had Detective Stacy Galbraith (Karen Duvall in the series) on her case after reporting that she had been assaulted repeatedly in Golden, Colorado. Learn more about our use of cookies and information. They really did justice to the story because it was never gratuitous. “To do that,” he added, “she let the facts speak for themselves.” As such, the series takes many details directly from the article, which recalls that two of Marie’s former foster mothers, with whom she maintained close relationships, also had doubts about her story. Inspired by true events. Danielle was also lucky to have an industry pro like Merritt as her scene partner in those difficult scenes where Amber recounts what she can remember about the rapist. The material on this site may not be reproduced, distributed, transmitted, cached or otherwise used, except with the prior written permission of Condé Nast. The eight-part Netflix miniseries takes cues from the book, and tells the story of Marie's fight against not only the police department that wronged her, but the intruder that raped her on the night that changed her life. This stark contrast is at the heart of the Netflix drama, which began streaming Friday and was inspired by a 2015 article by ProPublica and the Marshall Project titled “An Unbelievable Story of Rape.” In the Pulitzer Prize–winning story, reporters T. Christian Miller and Ken Armstrong detail the ordeal of a woman (referred to by her middle name, Marie) who was charged with filing a false report after recanting a claim that she had been raped at knifepoint in her apartment. Karen and Grace’s reactions to the photos reveal all we need to know of the horror and suffering captured on-camera— while making the series’ real-life, unbelievable premise all the more enraging. "We have to treat these kind of cases more singularly.". When Grace reaches them, she discovers a gruesome, incongruous scene: the pet dogs are tearing at the delicate carcass of a faun. Of the cache of photographs they trawl through, just three non-explicit images appear on-screen for a blurred, split-second each. Danielle Macdonald was born and raised in Sydney, Australia. By signing up you agree to our Terms of Use and Privacy Policy, Reporter covering television and pop culture. The most important news stories of the day, curated by Post editors and delivered every morning. They required she take mental health courses and pay a $500 fine, and Marie's fight against this injustice was well-chronicled in the 2015 Pulitzer Prize-winning book An Unbelievable Story of Rape. The Heartbreaking True Story of Marie Adler, This content is created and maintained by a third party, and imported onto this page to help users provide their email addresses. In the pivotal role of Amber Stevenson, Macdonald manages to convey so much with little screen time. To revisit this article, select My⁠ ⁠Account, then View saved stories. The fallout forced Lynnwood to review its practices; a sex crimes supervisor later declared that what had happened to Marie was “nothing short of the victim being coerced into admitting that she lied about the rape.” Marie ultimately sued the city, settling for $150,000 before leaving the state — but not before confronting one of the detectives who had pressured her to recant.