Directed by Hugo Berkely
A new true-crime documentary miniseries has all of Italy talking. A MURDER IN ITALY tells the story of the most high profile and unbelievable murder investigation in recent Italian history, resulting from the tragic and brutal slaying of 13-year old Yara Gambiarasio near her home in northern Italy in 2010. Recounted through the intimate testimony of the tenacious and emotionally-invested lead prosecutor, Letizia Ruggeri, the series gives audiences unfettered access to one of the most complicated forensic investigations ever undertaken, anywhere. And, following the 2014 arrest of a local builder, Massimo Bossetti, for Yara’s murder, the series follows his defence through a year-long trial, embedding with his lawyers and asking whether the central DNA evidence really stands up to scrutiny. With a sensitive and cinematic approach to its subject matter, A MURDER IN ITALY is both a thrilling account of a remarkable criminal investigation and a tender portrait of life, death and justice in present day Italy.
Episode 1: The Search. In a small Italian town on November 26, 2010, Yara Gambirasio disappears without a trace. Her family panics and her town convulses. After seasons of fruitless searching, Yara’s body is finally found.
Episode 2: Family Secrets. Letizia Ruggeri, a mother to another young girl, becomes deeply committed to bringing justice in this sensationalized case and recommits to the long-shot DNA-driven investigation.
Episode 3: Allele 26. Police are led to a 45-year old man named Massimo Bossetti. It’s a perfect match to the DNA test and Bossetti is arrested. Soon after, an angry mob forms outside the prison and details reveal that Bossetti might be innocent.
Episode 4: The Trial. In the weeks leading up to the verdict, the case reaches new levels of speculation and scrutiny. In the midst of the media cauldron, the journeys of a dozen characters come full circle; investigators, scientists, lawyers, lovers and distraught family members – collateral victims in this sprawling story – learn which way the dye is cast, and who, if anyone, is held responsible for Yara’s tragic death.
From YADDO, RUN TO ME FILM & NORMAL LIFE PICTURES IN ASSOCIATION WITH SKY ITALIA & BBC STORYVILLE.