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Killing for Love (2016)

Das Versprechen (original title)
Unrated | | Documentary, Crime | 15 December 2017 (USA)
The gruesome murders of Nancy and Derek Haysom in 1985 were an international media sensation. The Haysoms were wealthy, respected members of Virginia society, and the murder conviction of ... See full summary »

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Marcus Vetter, Karin Steinberger (co-director)
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Cast overview, first billed only:
Imogen Poots ... Elizabeth Haysom (voice)
Daniel Brühl ... Jens Söring (voice)
Jens Söring ... Self
Chuck Reid Chuck Reid ... Self - Former Investigator Bedford County Sheriff's Department
Ricky Gardner Ricky Gardner ... Self - Lead investigator Bedford County Sheriff's Department
Suzanne Peniche Suzanne Peniche ... Self
John Peniche John Peniche ... Self
Carlos Santos Carlos Santos ... Self - Journalist
Rich Zorn Rich Zorn ... Self - Former Senior Assistant Deputy Attorney General (as Richard Zorn)
Gail Marshall Gail Marshall ... Self - Soering attorney, former Deputy Attorney General of Virginia
Tom Elliott Tom Elliott ... Self - Catholic Deacon and Chaplain (as Tom B. Elliott)
Dave Watson Dave Watson ... Self - Private Investigator
Gail Ball Gail Ball ... Self - Jens Söring's Lawyer
Steven Rosenfield Steven Rosenfield ... Self - Jens Soering's lead attorney
William Sweeney William Sweeney ... Self - Judge (as Judge William Sweeney)
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The gruesome murders of Nancy and Derek Haysom in 1985 were an international media sensation. The Haysoms were wealthy, respected members of Virginia society, and the murder conviction of their daughter Elizabeth and her German boyfriend Jens Soering sent shock waves through the rural community of Bedford County. Elizabeth and Jens had met in a university program for high achieving students. She was a product of European boarding schools, he was the son of a diplomat. After being arrested in London, England, for passing bad checks in 1986, they were both extradited to the United States and have now spent over 30 years behind bars. This beautifully crafted film reveals a mismanaged, or perhaps completely corrupted, judicial process. This was the first criminal trial held in front of TV cameras - the first high-profile, international case tried in a small town. Investigations over the past 3 years have turned up stunning evidence that was previously suppressed or deemed inadmissible. ...

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Jens Söring: I felt like the hero in Charles Dickens' novel "A Tale of Two Cities", who gave his life for love.
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Compelling documentary about a possible miscarriage of justice

This has just been shown on BBC4 in the UK as "Killing for Love." The BBC gave no indication that this is a German production. But it explains why Jens, who speaks excellent English in court, speaks German here. The original title also may have been too partisan for the BBC. The corporation is perhaps not as convinced as the film makers of Jens's innocence. Whatever the case, the film will fascinate those unfamiliar with the 1990 trial, allegedly the first in the US to be televised, which resulted in long jail terms for Jens and his accomplice Elizabeth. Both were found guilty of the murder of Elizabeth's parents. But Jens claimed that Elizabeth was the killer and he took the blame. It is an unusual murder mystery in that both are intelligent and articulate. He's a diplomat's son, she's the child of wealthy Canadian parents, who affects an English accent. From the beginning the film makers feature participants who are on Jens's side. One says that he could tell Elizabeth was an accomplished liar. But their investigation brings in private detectives who uncover a third suspect (who denies culpability) and unknown DNA at the crime scene. This is surely sufficient to re-open the case. But the authorities in Virginia, where the crimes were committed, will not consider this. Nor will they allow Jens to complete his sentence in Germany or for him to be interviewed again. Much of the footage is of the trial, which was shot on videotape that is now showing its age. But the story is extraordinary, horrible, romantic and shocking and will enthrall all lovers of true crime mysteries.The BBC's iPlayer VOD service features another hour of material.


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