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A Wilderness of ErrorA Wilderness of Error

TVMADocumentaries • TV Series2020

A Wilderness of Error is a five-part documentary series based on the book of the same...more

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Season1
Episode 1

Girl in a Floppy Hat

Famed filmmaker and writer Errol Morris is obsessed with one of America’s most popularized true crimes – the murder of a pregnant wife and two young daughters on an Army base back in 1970.
Episode 2

A Time of Suspicion

After an Army hearing frees Green Beret Dr. Jeffrey MacDonald, his father-in-law demands a re-investigation. But when he sees all the evidence, he’s shocked by where it leads…
Episode 3

Should the Jury Find…

Nine years after the murders of his pregnant wife and two young daughters, the guilt of Green Beret Dr. Jeffrey MacDonald is put to a civilian jury. The defense calls a surprise witness: The Girl in a Floppy Hat.
Episode 4

When A Narrative Becomes Reality

When Joe McGinniss’ book is published, the story it tells is not what convicted killer Jeffrey MacDonald had hoped for… New evidence is discovered that may finally prove Jeffrey MacDonald is innocent. The Girl in the Floppy Hat sits for an interview.
Episode 5

A Wilderness of Error

Jeffrey MacDonald served more than 30 years in prison when a federal judge finally agrees to hear the new evidence in his case. Errol Morris heads to North Carolina believing the truth will finally come out.

About this Show

A Wilderness of Error

A Wilderness of Error is a five-part documentary series based on the book of the same name by filmmaker and author Errol Morris, who also appears in the series. When Green Beret Army surgeon Jeffrey MacDonald is sent to prison after being convicted of killing his pregnant wife and two young daughters, a storm of swirling narratives challenges the very ability to find the truth all the while overshadowing a chilling possibility: MacDonald may be an innocent man. Marc Smerling re-investigates the complicated case that has spanned decades in an attempt to find the truth.

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