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Werner Herzog: Into The Abyss

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Internationally acclaimed filmmaker Werner Herzog turns a keen and understanding eye to the fates of two men who destroyed their lives, and those of others, by committing a senseless triple murder in compelling documentary ‘Into the Abyss'. Convicted of the murder of 50 year old Sandra Stotler, and suspected, but never charged for two other murders that occurred in Conroe, Texas, Michael Perry was sentenced to the death penalty, whilst his accomplish Jason Burkett was given life imprisonment. In poignant conversations with the two men, Herzog allows them to sketch their version of events, whilst reflecting on their punishments. Also featuring testimonies from others affected by their brutal crimes, this powerful film puts the American penal system under the spot light and serves as an insightful examination of why people - and the state - kill.