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Death Row Stories

Death Row Stories explores cases that pose hard questions about the U.S. capital punishment system. Meet five men and women who have been sentenced to die, and hear their stories from the prosecutors pushing for their execution and from those who fight for their freedom. And in a final special episode, learn more about U.S. execution methods and why they don't always work.
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  1. 1. The Wrong Man
    12 July 2015
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    Two construction workers are brutally attacked in San Antonio, but one survives and is able to identify his assailant. Ruben Cantu, who was only 17 at the time of the attack, was executed for the crime in 1993, despite serious doubts about his guilt. As detectives investigate, they determine Cantu's conviction was based on questionable evidence. Did they execute the right man?
  2. 2. Murder on the Mountain
    19 July 2015
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    In 1983, An entire family is brutally murdered in their home in the Chino Hills area of California, with their eight-year-old son being the only survivor. An escaped convict named Kevin Cooper was convicted and sentenced to death, based on evidence including a getaway car, a hatchet, and a bloodstained shirt. But did Cooper really kill the Ryen family - or was he framed?
  3. 3. Death, Lies and Videotape
    26 July 2015
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    In 1994, the execution-style killings of a Florida nightclub owner and two aspiring models are caught on camera, and this evidence makes the case seem very clear-cut. Pablo Ibar and Seth Peñalver are convicted of the triple murder, but subsequent retrials reveal a cover-up and a surprising amount of evidence not disclosed by the prosecution. Was the wrong man sent to death row?
  4. 4. Murder in Paris
    2 August 2015
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    In 1987, Randy Steidl was sentenced to death for the double murder of a pair of newlyweds in the town of Paris, Illinois. They were stabbed to death, and a fire was set in an attempt to cover the crime. Steidl spent more than a decade trying to prove his innocence, fighting against flawed evidence, conflicting accounts, and recantations. Will he finally be exonerated and released?
  5. 5. Mother V. Texas
    9 August 2015
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    Darlie Routier, was sent to death row in 1996 for allegedly murdering two of her young boys in their Dallas-area home. With a closer look, her conviction is much less clear: the original investigation was handled improperly, the jury may have been biased by incomplete evidence, and Routier herself was badly hurt in the incident. Is she really innocent, as she has always claimed?
  6. 6. Cruel and Unusual: Botched Executions
    16 August 2015
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    Throughout the history of capital punishment in America, states have revised execution methods in the interest of finding a more "humane" option. Ohio, Arizona, and Oklahoma are among the states where lethal injection executions have gone horribly wrong. What's life like for those executioners who are paid to end the lives of others, especially when it doesn't go according to plan?

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Kenneth LevisSteve RivoRyan MillerJed Rothstein
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Jigsaw Productions / Sundance Productions
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BeckyReviewed in the United Kingdom on 27 November 2019
5.0 out of 5 stars
Insightful and fair
I absolutely love this series. It provides you with so many details about the justice system in America and the errors that have been made along the way. I would recommend this show to any person out there, whether they are for or against the death penalty, in order to get a great insight into each of these cases. I only hope that Amazon Prime will add more series! There are 4 seasons so far, so it would be great to see more...
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RobertReviewed in the United Kingdom on 02 November 2020
5.0 out of 5 stars
Well made and disturbing series.
You hear that the American "Justice" system is bad, but after watching this you will see it is corrupt and rotten to the core. Its not just the Police that needs reform, the whole unconstitutional and racist system needs uprooting !
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nicola thompsonReviewed in the United Kingdom on 14 January 2021
5.0 out of 5 stars
Death Row is an eye-opener that's for sure. We all want Justice, and sometimes we get it and sometimes we don't unfortunately.
M.IReviewed in the United Kingdom on 02 February 2022
5.0 out of 5 stars
Brilliant show.
This is one of the best series in the genre on Amazon. Start with Season 1 and enjoy the whole lot.
JenophieReviewed in the United Kingdom on 29 July 2019
5.0 out of 5 stars
A good true crime documentary.
I enjoyed this series, such a shame there isn't a 3rd season.
DorettaReviewed in the United Kingdom on 10 October 2019
5.0 out of 5 stars
very good
would definitely recommend and would be great with a 3rd
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