The two streaming networks openly refuse to create an original audiovisual product and a case outside the entertainment business. It happened and is the protagonists Netflix – a leader in this content transfer design – and its new competitor HBO Max. What triggered this? That’s what we’re talking about here.
The crime of a young Spanish woman (Rocio Vanninkoff) in 1999 encourages Spanish public opinion to focus on her mother’s ex-partner (Dolores Vazquez) for several months, who turns out – evidence without a larger contribution than a group – imprisonment for more than 500 days. The revelation of another murder – against a woman (Sonia Carabandes,) but in 2003 – blows a bad truth: the convicted woman is always innocent.
From its inception, one might think that we are facing another documentary about the flaws in the justice system. There can be nothing more than reality. In an hour and a half, the audience will see a series of themes that march in an active and original way, unleashing a community that has not changed after almost two decades.
The first margins to be analyzed in “The Vanninkoff-Carabandes Case” are linked to the victim’s family and close sphere. We have a great report of the mother of Rosso Vanninkoff (Alicia Hornos) pointing out her ex-partner with complete coldness. Closing herself with saying “thirst for revenge” demands maximum punishment against her. On the other hand, we have relatives of Vasquez – with their full rights – asking us to respect what is considered innocent and not to be punished without strong evidence.
It should be noted, however, that in Denia Bale’s documentary, there is never conclusive evidence about the accused (who was later convicted) (the victim’s remains or DNA confirmations on the material found at the crime scene). Vague testimonies of what they did, and many more (his housekeeper, a foreigner who could not pronounce Spanish correctly, said he saw her stabbing in a photo). As the second edge we already mentioned something fell on her: prejudices about lesbians. In the documentary it is referred to as “lesbophobia”.
Because of her cool and calculating appearance, because she is a woman with few words, but above all because of her sexual orientation, Dolores Vasquez has been pointed out more than once in the media as a “person who appears guilty”. This is by no means the case in Spain or Peru. Although the documentary pushes the same cases and prejudices out of range.
Not to mention the second case. In 2003, Sonia Carabandes, another young Spanish woman who promoted public unity in the small town of Conn, located in Monaco, died. Unlike the first case, the trial and judicial proceedings here were conducted in a very professional manner (although the characteristics are different, of course). Then there will be external factors – the killer, a British man with a history of violence against women, identified as Tony King – who was betrayed by his ex-wife and was horrified to find out who he had vowed ‘eternal love’ for. Moreover, a foreign artist will soon be identified as the one who tried to abuse her a few decades ago.
While there may be little more influence on the bridge connecting the two events, “The Vanninkoff-Carabandes case” allows us to see how the proper functioning of professional work and organizations led to the variation of traces found in both. The first crime scene. As one of the voices in the documentary says, the effect comes quickly from here
Although the pain in the families of the two victims of Tony King is immeasurable, this documentary is essentially a reminder of who Dolores Vasquez is. In one part of the video, it is stated that “the press has issued more cards for his sentence as he is guilty than the case he was acquitted” and that it is true. Having been hired as a murderer for many years, insulted by strangers on the street and mistreated on ‘reality shows’, she will never be the same. This only explains why Netflix and HBO Max (who have received exclusive testimonials for the upcoming documentary) are so focused.
Summary: In 1999, someone took the life of Rocio Vanninkop. They suspect his mother’s former accomplice, Dolores Vasquez. Could it have been her? The second victim will reveal the truth.
Duration: 1 hour 28 minutes
Classification: The general public.