A PERFECT CRIME is a new Netflix true-crime docuseries. The four episodes revolve around a murder but this time it also involves politics and conspiracy. In essence, we’re talking assassination. Read our A Perfect Crime review here!

A PERFECT CRIME is a new Netflix docuseries in the true-crime genre. We’re dealing with murder but not in the “classic” sense. This docuseries is all about the dangers of world politics and working towards a change that others do not want.

The events in this German docu-series play out soon after the fall of the Berlin Wall. This was also the case with the recent German feature film Free Country which we highly recommend. If you enjoyed that, then you should definitely watch this documentary – and vice versa, obviously!

Recommended reading: Our review of Free Country here >

Continue reading our A Perfect Crime review below and check out the 4-episode series on Netflix now.

Life in GDR after the fall of the Berlin wall

The murder in this German docu-series on Netflix is an assassination. Specifically, it’s the brutal murder of Detlev Rohwedder which could (and should) have been avoided. He was the head of Treuhand, which was the East German Privatization and Restructuring Agency.

Much of the focus in the documentary is on the very strange circumstances around this murder. It happened in 1991, so we’re in the brutal and desperate times after the fall of the Berlin Wall. While many will remember the actual reunion of East and West Berlin as joyful, it also threw GDR into a deep crisis.

As someone from Denmark (which is right next to Germany, for those not strong in European geography), I knew some of these struggles, but not nearly enough. People in the former GDR were truly desperate as the transition to the free Western world was far from simple.

This meant some people felt Detlev Rohwedder was a hero while others saw a traitor. In turn, this meant his death resulted in some viewing him as a martyr and others felt he got what he deserved.

A Perfect Crime: Season 1 – Netflix Review

Watch A Perfect Crime on Netflix now!

A Perfect Crime is a very relevant true-crime documentary due to the fact that it sheds light on the world of politics. So much happens without the public’s knowledge. Sometimes, this is probably for the best. Other times, it’s to protect people in power – or work against change.

This might not be a true-crime documentary for everyone. However, it is a fascinating look at the world just three short decades ago. While the murder of Detlev Rohwedder is at the heart of this story, we also get a lot of insights into how Germany (and the world at large) was operating around this time.

No matter your political conviction, this Netflix docu-series from Germany should be interesting to anyone who enjoys both true-crime and political world history.

Also, you will see some of the most impressive eyebrows I have ever seen on a human being. I simply could not concentrate on what was being said by this man. You’ll see… trust me on this one! Those eyebrows almost turn into a character all on their own.

A Perfect Crime is out on Netflix worldwide from September 25, 2020.


In April 1991, Detlev Rohwedder, the head of Treuhand, the East German Privatization and Restructuring Agency, was assassinated in Dusseldorf. An inspection of the scene revealed three cartridge cases, a plastic chair, a towel and a letter claiming responsibility by the Red Army Faction (RAF), a radical left terrorist group that killed 33 people between 1971 and 1993. To this day, the assassin of has never been identified.

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