"An engrossing and stylistic docu-series that fully explains the context surrounding his assassination and the reasons why."
The assassination of Detlev Karsten Rohwedder takes centre stage in Netflix’s new series “A Perfect Crime.” Three shots were fired into the first floor window of Rohwedder’s home in 1991. The city of Dusseldorf effectively went into lockdown in an attempt to hunt down the killers yet they have evaded justice for over 29 years. Netflix’s first German Docu-series aims to explain exactly what happened in April 1991 and aims to raise theories as to who the perpetrators were.
The series does an excellent job in providing the context for the assassination following the fall of the Iron Curtain and the dissolution of the GDR. Explaining the repercussions of the GDR eventual economic decline and the situation following the proposed reunification for the East with their free market neighbours. The docu-series highlights the plight faced by those in the East as Rohwedder was placed in charge of the Treuhand whose aim was to privatise businesses previously run by the state in order to prepare them for the free market economy. The result was a disaster for those in the former GDR as unemployment skyrocketed and standards of living declined for many.
For allies of the former East, the blame laid solely on the shoulders of Rohwedder who they saw as public enemy number one. With evidence left at the scene claiming that the Red Army Faction were responsible, many questions were there to be answered. Given his position, Rohwedder should have possibly had bullet proof glass installed to all areas of his house, rather than just the ground floor? Did those in Western Germany truly give him the security that he needed given the tensions that were emerging from the Treuhand?
Other such theories emerge in the series such as whether disgruntled former Stasi members were involved or even that it was a political hit instigated by the West.
An engrossing and stylistic docu-series that fully explains the context surrounding his assassination and the reasons why. The series, whilst answering many questions, also leaves the viewers wanting to know more. Which is what many have been doing for the past 29 years. If “A Perfect Crime” is what we can expect from further German based Netflix series producers then there is plenty more to look forward to.
For viewers in the UK please note that the series is audio dubbed into English
Watch the series via Netflix here: https://www.netflix.com/gb/title/81022994