THE real-life woman behind Netflix’s Unbelievable has thanked the ‘perfect’ show for providing closure after her sexual assault hell.
The critically-acclaimed series tells the true story of Marie, a survivor of sexual assault who had to deal with the extra trauma of detectives and even loved ones casting doubt on her version of events.
Ken Armstrong, who co-wrote the Pulitzer Prize-winning article which the Netflix series is based on, has since shared how Marie felt after watching it.
Taking to Twitter, he wrote: “Two weeks ago I got a call, from Marie. She told me she had just watched the series.
“Watching it was hard, she said. ‘I did cry quite a bit,’ she said. But she had decided she wanted to and was glad that she did. She called the show ‘excellent.’”
Marie also praised actress Kaitlyn Dever, who portrays her in the show.
Ken continued: “Marie has told me before that it can be a struggle for her to put her feelings and thoughts into words.
“In that scene, she said, Kaitlyn Dever captured her struggle. ‘It was, like, perfect,’ she said.”
The show also co-stars Merritt Wever as Detective Karen Duvall and Toni Collette as Detective Grace Rasmussen, who worked tirelessly to capture a serial rapist.
The first episode focuses on Marie’s ordeal while the other instalments play out over a three-year timeline during the investigation.
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Evidence at the time of the serial rapist’s arrest by the two detectives proved Marie had been one of his victims, and watching it play out on screen gave her a chance to process what happened to her in a new way.
Ken – who served as a consultant on the show – added in a further tweet: “Watching the last episode, watching the re-creation of the Colorado detectives closing in, provided Marie something she didn’t expect.
“Seeing him get put away, that was closure for me,’ she said.”
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