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Netflix Is Bringing Latin American True Crime Stories To The US With Their New Series ‘Historia De Un Crimen’

Netflix is betting big on its Latin American audiences by churning out new content made by and for Latinos. Its first series premiere this year from Netflix Mexico was meant to pack a punch and fans seem to feel the heat with “Historia de un Crimen: Colosio.”

“Historia de un Crimen: Colosio” is supposed to be the first of its Latin American crime anthology series a la American Horror Story.

Aired to coincide with the 25th anniversary of his death, the Colosio series centers around slain Mexican presidential candidate for the PRI party, Luis Donaldo Colosio, who was assassinated in 1994 during a campaign stop in Tijuana.

Fans are reliving the moments they followed the story when it was developing IRL.

The series’ first couple of episodes shows the buildup to the assassination, flashbacks to Colosio being told he is the president of Mexico’s hand-picked successor by President Carlos Salinas de Gotari, and the strategy for Colosio’s presidential campaign.

It seems that people are here for a crime anthology focusing on Latin America because corruption is rampant.

Head writer for Colosio the series is Rodrigo Santos, says in an interview although the PRI party brought change to Mexico, it was sometimes done through violent means, which is demonstrated in the series.

Some viewers are comparing the political real-life drama to another well-known Netflix series.

As the series progresses, viewers see the aftermath of how Colosio’s own party had its hand in the controversial investigation into his murder. You also see the dogged determination of two Tijuana cops who were threatened during their own investigation and the treatment of Mario Aburto who was arrested for the murder. Viewers even experience Colosio’s dying wife’s race against time for the truth on her husband’s murder.

To tell this intricate story, Netflix enlisted Natalia Beristáin and Hiromi Kamata.

Beristáin and Kamata are the first women to lead a team for Netflix Mexico. The new perspective and input is likely the driving force behind a new vision for programming on the Netflix Mexico side.

Viewers are embracing the directors’ storytelling in the series because of its refreshing nature.

True crime is definitely having a moment in pop culture from podcasts to scripted series to documentaries. It is hard to look around and not see several examples of true crime telling the stories we all want to hear.

It is coming highly recommended by Netflix users, in case that matters.

Critics are having a harder and harder time to reach audiences because social media is so prevalent. How many times have you check Twitter to see what people are saying about a new show or movie? How many times has that impacted your decision about seeing a movie? See.

But, it is a great way to learn some history about one of the most notable moments in Mexican history.

Beristáin and Kamata, both Mexico City natives, had cut their teeth as assistant directors and directors of feature films, and has Beristáin won awards at Mexican film festivals.

Some of the cast include Ilse Salas who plays Diana Laura Riojas de Colosio, Cuban actor Alberto Guerra as lawyer-turned-Tijuana-cop Federico Benítez, and Jorge Antonio Guerrero from “Roma.”

He is building up his acting resume with role after role for the streaming giant—this time as the man implicated for Colosio’s murder, Mario Aburto.

With its choice of directors, cast and scriptwriting, Historia de un Crimen: Colosio is a must-watch on your binging list. 

READ: The Internet Is Trying To #SaveODAAT From Netflix And Everyone Is Rooting For The Show

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Gabriel Fernandez’s Mother, Pearl Fernandez, Is Trying to Have Her Murder Conviction Thrown Out

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Gabriel Fernandez’s Mother, Pearl Fernandez, Is Trying to Have Her Murder Conviction Thrown Out

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Gabriel Fernandez’s mother, Pearl Fernandez, is trying to have her murder conviction thrown out. The 37-year-old woman has been in jail since 2018 for the murder and torture of her eight-year old son.

Pearl Fernandez is petitioning the court for resentencing, hoping to have her first-degree murder and/or second-degree murder charges thrown out.

Fernandez is hoping to have her sentence vacated based off of new changes to the California state penal code. “I think that she feels that somehow maybe, you know, the special circumstance will be dismissed or maybe she’ll have a chance that the D.A. will agree with the petition,” Deputy District Attorney Jonathan Hatami said to CBSLA.

In June 2018, a judge sentenced Pearl Fernandez to life without parole. The judge charged Pearl Fernandez with the 2013 torture and killing of her eight-year-old son, Gabriel Fernandez.

On May 22, 2013, Gabriel Fernandez died after suffering a fatal beating from his mother. Pearl Fernandez was allegedly angry that he didn’t clean up his toys.

The details of Pearl and her boyfriend’s lengthy torture campaign against Gabriel Fernandez are both gruesome and numerous. Over the course of his eight-month stay with Isauro Aguirre, the couple broke his bones, burned him with cigarettes, pepper-sprayed him, and forced him to eat his own vomit as well as animal feces. And that is just a short-list of what they did.

The case came to national attention after the release of the 2020 Netflix documentary, “The Trials of Gabriel Fernandez“. The documentary shone a spotlight on the insidious nature of child abuse. It also highlighted the systematic failures of the social services system that fails to protect children.

Elected officials have expressed their disgust at Pearl Fernandez for trying to escape justice by taking advantage of updated laws.

“The policies and directives from my office and these new laws created by the Legislature are emboldening murderers of children to apply to be re-sentenced,” said Deputy DA Hatami to City News Service. “This is completely unfair to the surviving families and their loved ones.”

He continued: “Families now have to relive all the horror that was perpetrated upon a small and helpless child. Based upon all the evidence presented at the grand jury, which was made public, and the jury trial, Pearl Fernandez was a major participant in the torture and murder of little Gabriel.”

It seems obvious by the fact that Pearl Fernandez is trying to get out of jail after torturing her son to death, that she isn’t remorseful about her actions.

Any other mother who killed her son would probably want to spend the rest of her life in jail instead of trying to find a way to get out of it.

If you believe someone you know is experiencing–or committing–child abuse, there are resources to help. Call the Childhelp National Child Abuse Hotline at 1-800-4-A-Child or 1-800-422-4453, or go to www.childhelp.org. Staying vigilant could help save a child like Gabriel Fernandez.

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Regé-Jean Page Is Leaving ‘Bridgerton’ and We’re Devastated

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Regé-Jean Page Is Leaving ‘Bridgerton’ and We’re Devastated

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There is some very bad news for “Bridgerton” fans. On Friday, Netflix announced that Regé-Jean Page is not returning for the second season of the smash-hit Shondaland series. Regé-Jean Page played the dashing Duke Simon Basset in the first season.

Netflix told the world that Regé-Jean Page would not be returning to “Bridgerton” via a statement written in the voice of Lady Whistledown.

“While all eyes turn to Lord Anthony Bridgerton’s quest to find a Viscountess, we bid adieu to Regé-Jean Page, who so triumphantly played the Duke of Hastings. We’ll miss Simon’s presence onscreen, but he will always be a part of the Bridgerton family,” Lady Whistledown wrote.

They also added: “Daphne will remain a devoted wife and sister, helping her brother navigate the upcoming social season and what it has to offer – more intrigue and romance than my readers may be able to bear.”

Apparently, it was Regé-Jean Page’s decision not to return to the multicultural costume drama.

Although the role of duke Simon Basset shot Page to stardom, he feels that it’s now time for him to move onto bigger and better things. In an interview with Variety, Page said that Bridgerton producers always told him that his role would be a “one-season arc” with a “beginning, middle, end”.

“[I thought] ‘That’s interesting,’ because then it felt like a limited series,” said Page. “I get to come in, I get to contribute my bit and then the Bridgerton family rolls on.”

According to Bridgerton producers, the next season will largely revolve around Anthony Bridgerton (played by Jonathan Bailey) as he tries to nab the love of his life.

Unfortunately, that storyline doesn’t seem quite as appealing to Bridgerton fans who loved to stare at Regé-Jean Page’s face for hours on end.

“Well, not sure what the point of watching this now,” said one disgruntled Twitter user. “We all know that Simon was the reason why most of us were watching this :/”

Fans of the book series, however, were much quicker to jump to Regé-Jean Page’s defense.

“Guys, each season is about one brother/sister, first season was about Daphne, second season will be about Anthony!” wrote another fan. “Simon won’t be the main character as he was. Accept Anthony and Kate [the new love interest]”. They added later: “The name [of the show] is ‘Bridgerton’ not Duke of Hastings.”

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