Crime After Crime

Overview

Deborah Peagler was just fifteen years old when she met Oliver Wilson, a charming man several years her senior. They began dating, and Peagler learned that Wilson was a pimp when he asked her to turn tricks for him. When she said no, he responded with violence, and thus began an ugly and abusive relationship that went on for years. After Peagler learned that Wilson had molested their six-year-old daughter, she turned to two men she knew in hopes they would help free her from Wilson. However, their confrontation ...
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Overview

Deborah Peagler was just fifteen years old when she met Oliver Wilson, a charming man several years her senior. They began dating, and Peagler learned that Wilson was a pimp when he asked her to turn tricks for him. When she said no, he responded with violence, and thus began an ugly and abusive relationship that went on for years. After Peagler learned that Wilson had molested their six-year-old daughter, she turned to two men she knew in hopes they would help free her from Wilson. However, their confrontation turned violent and Wilson ended up dead. Peagler was charged with first-degree murder for her role in Wilson's death, even though she only witnessed the beating and the killing was not premeditated; incorrectly told she was facing the death penalty, Peagler pled guilty on the advice on a public defender who never asked her about the abuse that led to the crime. Peagler was sentenced to twenty-five years to life, but in 2000, after seventeen years behind bars, California passed a law that offered consideration in cases of battered women who killed their abusers. The law would seem tailor-made for a case like Peagler's, but when a pair of attorneys volunteered to take on her case, they were soon trapped in a labyrinth of broken promises, legal double-talk and official corruption as they dealt with the California court system and the Los Angeles District Attorney's office. Filmmaker Yoav Potash chronicles the true story of Deborah Peagler and the battle to win her freedom in the documentary Crime After Crime. The film received its world premiere at the 2011 Sundance Film Festival, several months prior to its television debut on Oprah Winfrey's OWN cable network.
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Special Features

Special introduction from Oprah and Rosie O'Donnell; Extended scenes; "Crime After Crime in Context" featurette; Q&A at the Sundance film festival; Trailers; Film crew bios; Musician bios; Debbie's campaign; Awards; Press; OWN doc club "Sizzle reel"
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 4/24/2012
  • UPC: 829567078822
  • Original Release: 2011
  • Source: Arts Alliance Amer
  • Region Code: 1
  • Presentation: Wide Screen
  • Time: 1:33:00
  • Format: DVD
  • Sales rank: 53,034

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Deborah Peagler Participant
Joshua Safran Participant
Nadia Costa Participant
Steve Cooley Participant
Lael Rubin Participant
Steve Lopez Participant
Technical Credits
Yoav Potash Director, Cinematographer, Editor, Producer
Jaymee Carpenter Score Composer
Gail Dolgin Producer
Ben Ferrer Cinematographer
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Scene Index

Disc #1 -- Crime After Crime
1. Intro [3:28]
2. Backstory [6:58]
3. 1982 [9:00]
4. 2002 [5:43]
5. Whiteboard [10:34]
6. Investigation [7:14]
7. 2005 [8:56]
8. 2006-2007 [14:08]
9. 2008-2009 [3:27]
10. Parole Hearing [4:11]
11. Decision [7:34]
12. Credits [8:55]
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Menu

Disc #1 -- Crime After Crime
   Play Film
   Chapters
   Extras
      Deleted Scenes
         Debbie's Backstory With Re-enactments
         En Route to Chemo
         Ending With Memorial
      "Crime After Crime" in Context
      Q&A at the Sundance Film Festival
      "Crime After Crime" Trailer
      About the Film
         Filmmaker Bio
         Film Crew
         Musicians
         Debbie's Campaign
         Awards
         Press
      OWN Doc Club "Sizzle Reel"
      Available on DVD
         Becoming Chaz
         Family Affair (Coming Soon)
         Louder Than a Bomb
         Love ETC...(Coming Soon)
         Miss Representation
         Most Valuable Players
         Serving Life
         Sons of Perdition
   Setup
      English Subtitles - On
      English Subtitles - Off
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