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A Deep Dive Into The Eerie Events Behind Netflix’s New Documentary, ‘Why Did You Kill Me?’

Your latest true-crime fix.

While our Netflix viewing habits of late have veered toward romance, thanks in large part to the viral sensation that is Shonda Rhimes’ Bridgerton (with honourable mention to Regé-Jean Page as the dashing Duke of Hastings), we’ve long tuned into the streaming giant for its true-crime deep dives.

Whether it be the twisted story of Tiger King or the terrifying tale depicted in Don’t F**k With Catswe’ve long trusted Netflix to deliver gripping retellings of real-life stories, and its most recent documentary might be one of its most eerie yet. 

Why Did You Kill Me? tells the story of Belinda Lane, a mother from California whose daughter Crystal Theobald was shot and killed. Following her death, Belinda began using social media to find out what really happened to her daughter and expose those involved.  

Intrigued? Below, everything to know about Netflix’s documentary, Why Did You Kill Me? 

What Is Why Did You Kill Me? About? 

Netflix’s latest documentary Why Did You Kill Me? tells the story of Belinda Lane, who used MySpace to investigate the people she believed were responsible for shooting and killing her 24-year-old daughter Crystal Theobald in 2006. 

The documentary shows Belinda’s 10-year journey into tracking down the people behind her daughter’s death. 

“The line between justice and revenge blurs when a devastated family uses social media to track down the people who killed 24-year-old Crystal Theobald,” its official description reads. 

Watch The Why Did You Kill Me Trailer Below. 

What Happened To Crystal Theobald? 

Residing in Riverside, California, 24-year-old Crystal, a mother of two, was shot in the head and killed while her car was at an intersection. Her brother, Justin Theobald, and boyfriend at the time were in the car at the time of the attack, while her mother Belinda was in the car in front and witnessed the unfolding events. 

According to the doco, Crystal was gunned down by members of a local gang, 5150, in what police have since claimed to be a case of mistaken identity. 

Who Was Responsible For Crystal Theobald’s Death?

Over the course of a decade, Belinda created two fake MySpace accounts and used them to reach out to potential suspects in her daughter’s case. In 2016, her efforts started to see results, which gave new light to what really happened on the night her daughter was killed, which eventually lead to police arresting those involved. 

On January 23rd 2020, William Sotelo was sentenced to 22 years in prison for his role in the murder of Crystal Theobald.

Why Did You Kill Me? is available to stream now on Netflix.

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