Starz has brought online the first teaser for Wrong Man Season 2, which will premiere in 2020. The second season will consist of six episodes and comes from Oscar-nominated and Emmy-winning filmmaker Joe Berlinger (Paradise Lost trilogy, Conversations with a Killer: The Ted Bundy Tapes). It re-investigates three cases of inmates who have been incarcerated for decades and who claim they were wrongfully convicted of brutal crimes.
Wrong Man creator Berlinger continues to fight passionately for the wrongly accused by highlighting systematic abuses in the U.S. criminal justice system. “For over two decades, I have focused a large part of my career on the issue of wrongful conviction and have personally experienced how storytelling in this arena can literally mean life or death for those falsely convicted,” he said. “The fact that our first season produced tangible results in all of the cases we investigated, and that Starz has thrown its support behind this issue is incredibly inspiring. We have an amazing team of filmmakers and investigators who are digging into three new cases with unwavering commitment to seeking the truth in these cases.”
Renowned civil rights attorney Ron Kuby, former prosecutor Sue-Ann Robinson, retired NCIS investigator Joe Kennedy, and Ira Todd of Detroit’s elite Homicide Task Force, return in Wrong Man Season 2. They take us on a riveting real-time investigation to uncover new evidence, track down key witnesses, consult forensic experts and interrogate the incarcerated.
This season, two of the three cases feature female inmates. Vonda Smith, a grandmother with no criminal history, was convicted of beating her grandchild’s mother — 21-year-old Jessie Morrison — beyond recognition and dumping her on a remote country road. She claims she is innocent and loved the victim like a daughter.
Patricia Rorrer has been in prison since 1998, convicted of the horrific murder of a young mother, Joann Katrinak, and her 16-week old son, in Catasauqua, Pennsylvania. Rorrer claims the DNA evidence used to send her away is “junk science.”
Death row inmate Kenneth Clair who was convicted of the brutal torture and murder of a young babysitter named Linda Rodgers in 1984 in Santa Ana, California. The only eyewitness to the murder — a five-year-old child — told police officers “a white man did it.” Kenneth Clair is black, and no forensic evidence ties him to the crime scene.
Wrong Man is produced by RadicalMedia, Electus, a Propagate company, and Third Eye Motion Picture Company. Catharine Park serves as showrunner and executive producer. Berlinger also serves as executive producer, along with Chris Grant, Drew Buckley and Ben Silverman for Electus, a Propagate company, and Jon Doran and Jon Kamen for RadicalMedia.