The latest true-crime Netflix documentary, Why Did You Kill Me?, will send a shiver down your spine. It tells the story of 24-year-old Crystal Theobald’s brutal murder as the result of a 2006 drive-by gang shooting in California. What separates this doc apart from others are the events that followed the shooting. Theobald’s mother, Belinda Lane, teamed up with her niece and created multiple fake Myspace accounts to find the people responsible for her daughter’s death.
The Netflix synopsis reads, “The line between justice and revenge blurs when a devastated family uses social media to track down the people who killed 24-year-old Crystal Theobald.” Judging from the trailer, Lane’s methods for tracking down her daughter’s killers aren’t always ethical—or legal. Once the police fail to close the case, she essentially uses catfishing to solve the crime herself.
Watch the full trailer for yourself, below.
“They just started responding,” Lane says in the trailer, referring to the messages the fake accounts were receiving. “Ping, ping, ping.”
In a nutshell, this true-crime Netflix documentary examines how far one mom will go in a quest to solve her daughter’s murder. It includes a mix of interviews with family members, police officers, and gang members—and in the trailer we already see glimpses of tension between Lane and law enforcement. The takeaway, it seems, is that the person most ardent in solving a crime is sometimes the person who’s been most hurt by that crime.
“I wanted him to hurt like we were hurting,” Lane continues in the trailer, explaining her motives for creating the fake Myspace accounts. “I told them, ‘Okay, everybody—no violence.’ But in the back of my own mind, I still knew I was gonna kill them.”