A Psychiatrist Weighs Whether a Murderess Should Be Pardoned on the New Netflix Series “Alias Grace”

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29 October 2017
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Alias Grace
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“Alias Grace”
Premieres Friday, November 3 on Netflix
 
          Based on Margaret Atwood's award-winning novel, the story of Alias Grace follows Grace Marks (Sarah Gadon), a poor, young Irish immigrant and domestic servant in Upper Canada who, along with stable hand James McDermott (Kerr Logan), was convicted of the brutal murders of their employer, Thomas Kinnear, and his housekeeper, Nancy Montgomery (Anna Paquin), in 1843. James was hanged while Grace was sentenced to life imprisonment.

 

          Grace became one of the most enigmatic and notorious women of 1840s Canada for her supposed role in the sensational double murder, and was eventually exonerated after 30 years in jail. Her conviction was controversial, and sparked much debate about whether Grace was actually involved in the murder, or merely an unwitting accessory.
 
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