Netflix's Eerie New Murder Mystery Series 'Alias Grace' Is Based On A Chilling True Story

Innocent victim or deranged killer? Here's your first look at the murder mystery everyone will be talking about.

By Sowmya Krishnamurthy

Is she a cold-blooded murderer or misunderstood? Netflix releases its first look at "Alias Grace," a six-hour miniseries that follows the story of Grace Marks, a poor, young Irish immigrant and domestic servant, who is convicted of the brutal murder of her employer in 1843.

Based on the novel by Margaret Atwood (of "The Handmaid's Tale" fame), the six-hour miniseries is inspired by true events that continue to fascinate the public.
As The New York Times shares, Thomas Kinnear, a wealthy Ontario farmer, and housekeeper Nancy Montgomery, were murdered
on July 28, 1843. Grace Marks, as well as stable hand James McDermott, were tried and convicted for the crime. McDermott was hanged, but Marks received life in prison, as she was only 16 years old and a woman.

The case has fascinated true crime fans with theories about Marks' mental state.

As the trailer alludes, it's unlear whether she has amnesia or was pretending to be psychologically unwell in order to get a lighter sentence for her crimes.

There's also the notion that Marks believed she was possessed by the spirit of her deceased friend Mary Whitney, which led to actions that she couldn't control.

There's also a far-out theory that apparently, some even believe that Marks had died and she had taken on Whitney's name and identity.
Alias Grace comes to Netflix on November 3. 

[Photo: Netflix]

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