What is the Netflix documentary about? Here is everything we know so far
Attention viewers! A new three-part docuseries from Oscar nominee director Nanette Burstein is on the way, and it’s already turning a lot of heads to know more about this actual crime story which shows a dark portrait of a Southern California bodybuilding couple torn apart by violence and abuse. It is a must-show for all true crime enthusiasts.
So, especially for you, we have compiled all the necessary information, including the release date, time slot, and story, among other details of the upcoming series, before you start streaming the show on Netflix. Keep reading until the very end to uncover all of your answers.
Killer Sally Release Date and Time Slot
In October 2022, Netflix released a three-part docuseries, Killer Sally, covering the case and its aftermath. It was directed by Nanette Burstein, whose previous credits include On the Ropes (1999) and Hillary (2020). The series will be released on Netflix on November 2, 2022.
The documentary will have the same premiere time as other shows on the streaming service, which is 12:00 a.m. (PT) or 3:00 a.m. (ET) timeslot. If you’re in the Central time zone, you’re looking at a release at 2:00 a.m. (CT). In order to receive updates, interested viewers can also enable notifications to get all the latest details.
Killer Sally: What is the documentary about?
The official description of the series, according to Netflix, states, “Interviews with friends, family, and Sally McNeil herself chart a bodybuilding couple’s rocky marriage and its shocking end in Valentine’s Day murder.” In addition to this, the elaborate detail of the show states the true story behind the series via Netflix Media Center: On Valentine’s Day 1995, national bodybuilding champion, Ray McNeil, was choking his bodybuilder wife, Sally, when she grabbed a gun and fatally shot him twice.
With a documented history of domestic abuse, Sally claimed it was self-defense, a split-second decision to save her life. The prosecution argued it was premeditated murder, the revenge of a jealous and aggressive wife. They called her a “thug,” a “bully,” and a “monster.” The media referred to her as the “brawny bride” and the “pumped-up princess.” Sally says she spent her life doing whatever it took to survive, caught in a cycle of violence that began in childhood and ended with Ray’s death.
Who is Sally McNeil?
Sally McNeil, born in 1960, is also known as Killer McNeil. She is an American former professional bodybuilder who, on March 19, 1996, was convicted of second-degree murder in the 1995 Valentine’s Day shooting death of her husband and fellow bodybuilder, Ray McNeil. Sally McNeil was sentenced to 19 years to life for her conviction.
After numerous appeals on a variety of grounds, including improper jury instructions, McNeil’s conviction was initially overturned by the US 9th Circuit Court of Appeals, which resulted in the granting of a writ of habeas corpus. The State of California then appealed to the US Supreme Court, which reversed the 9th Circuit’s ruling and remanded the case back to that same venue for further action.
Relying on information and instructions from the SCOTUS opinion, the 9th Circuit reconsidered the matter and on March 29, 2005, issued their opinion ruling in favor of the State and reinstating McNeil’s original conviction. McNeil served her sentence at the Central California Women’s Facility in Chowchilla, California. Her parole was granted by the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation on May 29, 2020.
Killer Sally Episodes
The documentary is divided into three episodes, each lasting 43 to 54 minutes. Killer Sally will be screened alongside a number of true crime documentaries and docuseries. Conversations with a Killer, which recently released a Jeffrey Dahmer limited series, Making a Murderer, Tiger King, Dirty Money, and I Am A Killer, are some of Netflix’s biggest hits in the genre. Check out the official episode titles and synopsis of the series, which are listed below:
Episode 1: Valentine’s Day: Sally and Ray McNeil meet and fall in love via a shared interest in bodybuilding. But their seemingly happy marriage masks a life of violence and abuse.
Episode 2: The Death of Mr. California: After Ray’s death, lurid details of the McNeils’ volatile marriage emerge and Sally’s claims of self-defense meet new scrutiny.
Episode 3: The People vs. sally McNeil: Sally’s trial attracts a media frenzy when it begins on Valentine’s Day, 1996. Later, following Sally’s testimony, the jury renders a verdict.
Killer Sally Official Trailer
The official trailer of the new series was released on October 19, 2022, which unfolds the story in the 1:59 minutes clip. In addition to this, the episodes are available exclusively on Netflix, with all previous seasons also accessible on the streaming platform with a range of membership options.
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