Carmel: Who Killed Maria Marta? review – a tantalising unsolved mystery

By Daniel Hart
Published: November 5, 2020 (Last updated: January 3, 2024)
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Netflix series Carmel: Who Killed Maria Marta


While Carmel: Who Killed Maria Marta? is not the number one new true-crime hit, it will tantalise viewers with an unsolved mystery.

Netflix series Carmel: Who Killed Maria Marta? was released on the streaming service on November 5, 2020. 

November 2020 appears to be the resurgence of True Crime Documentaries on Netflix. On November 11, 2020, a comprehensive series titled Trial 4 will be released, but for now, to tease the fans, the streaming service has released the four-parter series Carmel: Who Killed Maria Marta? Netflix adds the usual documentary flair to deliver another eye-pleasing series.

Like Unsolved Mysteriesthis Netflix series relies on the armchair investigator. It’s a rather personal, invasive experience as the series chooses to plant itself amongst the inner circle to unravel what happened. There’s plenty of stories, holes, and sinister passages that make the series worth the investment. But like the series mentioned, this is relatively unsolved.

Carmel: Who Killed Maria Marta? presents why this case reverberated through Argentina. It surfaces a relatively known, wealthy family that shocked news stations with a well-loved personality. The death of Maria Marta was seen as non-suspicious at first, but the more layers that are peeled off, it is abundantly obvious that there’s foul play. The series plays a round of “whodunnit”, making it easier for the viewers to scratch their chins and make wild assumptions about those who are being interviewed.

Carmel: Who Killed Maria Marta? has all the air and energy of The Staircase, a story that has similar consequences; a family of wealth and a wife dying in suspicious circumstances, and the target firmly placed on those who were close to the victim. Something is fascinating watching stories unfold like this, where there are so many possibilities due to the nature of that day; a whole timeline is drawn out in the first episode, that can easily be interpreted in various ways.

Netflix’s Carmel: Who Killed Maria Marta? shows the pitfalls of the justice system; how DNA, forensic evidence, and witness testimonies can support and conflict both the prosecution and the defense. The Netflix series shows the horrors of what can go wrong in the courtroom when the pressure is firmly placed on the professionals and the jury.

The documentary is intimate in many ways, relying less on science and more on the emotion at the moment. It wants to tell a story rather than solve it, and sometimes, there’s nothing wrong with that if it is delivered correctly. Fortunately, this series is.

While Carmel: Who Killed Maria Marta? is not the number one True Crime hit, it will tantalize viewers with an unsolved mystery.

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