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Oprah’s OWN-Acquired Domestic Abuse Doc “Crime After Crime” Gets Official Theatrical Release

Photo of Tambay A. Obenson By Tambay A. Obenson | Shadow and Act June 9, 2011 at 3:50AM

Crime After Crime, a documentary film that premiered in competition at the Sundance Film Festival, has an official theatrical release date.
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Crime After Crime, a documentary film that premiered in competition at the Sundance Film Festival, has an official theatrical release date.

Directed by Yoav Potash, the film centers on Debbie Peagler, a survivor of brutal domestic violence, who was incarcerated for her connection to the murder of her abuser – a boyfriend who beat her and forced her into prostitution.

The longer story goes... They met in the late 1970′s, when she was just 15 years old. Fearing for her life, Debbie did Wilson’s bidding for years. She tried to escape, but each time was forced back with violence and death threats. Wilson even sexually assaulted her then six-year-old daughter.

Desperate, Debbie eventually turned to two male acquaintances who then murdered Wilson.

In 1983, Debbie and the two men were prosecuted; she was charged with first-degree murder. During the trial, her public defender reportedly didn’t even bother to present any evidence of the abuse Debbie suffered for years. And, as a result, Deborah was forced into entering a guilty plea, after the DA threatened her with the death penalty.

After spending 26 years in prison, a pair of rookie attorneys cut their teeth on her case, attracting global attention to the troubled intersection of domestic violence and criminal justice, as they worked to set her free, and they were eventually successful.

In August 2009, Debbie Peagler was finally released.

As already mentioned in a previous post, Oprah Winfrey’s OWN network acquired television distribution rights to the film soon after its Sundance premiere. The film's producers plan to first release it in theaters, so that it qualifies for Oscar consideration, before it airs on OWN. Aggressive moves there.

And there’s even been talk of interest in remaking the documentary into a narrative film, Hollywood-style with Halle Berry in the starring role. I’M KIDDING!!! But only about the Halle Berry part. There is definitely interest in remaking it, so that could very well happen down the road.

It'll be released on July 1st, in a limited number of theaters of course.

Trailer follows below:

The trio are pictured above-left, and the trailer follows below:

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