CARMEL: WHO KILLED MARIA MARTA? is a new Netflix true-crime docu-series in just four episodes. I was not familiar with this case, and it’s pretty wild. Like watching a soap opera come to life in the craziest ways! Read our full Carmel: Who Killed Maria Marta? series review here!

CARMEL: WHO KILLED MARIA MARTA? is a new Netflix true-crime documentary series from Argentina. In many ways, it’s like watching a real-life soap opera. Or rather, a telenovela since we’re in a Spanish-speaking country. I was not really familiar with this case, so there is a lot to digest. Still, I was intrigued from the first moments. 

The series has just four episodes, each under one hour long, so you’ll be able to watch the entire documentary pretty quickly.

Continue reading our Carmel: Who Killed Maria Marta? docu-series review below.

Like watching Unsolved Mysteries

If you’re familiar with the case and hoping for it to be resolved, I should warn you; Carmel: Who Killed Maria Marta? still has not officially been solved. In that sense, it does feel like watching an episode of the Netflix series Unsolved Mysteries. Then again, it would’ve taken an entire dedicated season of Unsolved Mysteries to get through all the craziness of this case.

You might like: Our review of the Netflix Unsolved Mysteries reboot here >

To me, and I suspect most other viewers, Carmel: Who Killed Maria Marta? does play out a lot like The Staircase. Those who watch it will likely have their own idea about who killed her. However, as much as you might feel it’s obvious, you’re bound to come across people, who see the case in a totally different way.

There is a lot to unpack in this true-crime case. Beginning with the way people acted (and reacted) when Maria Marta is first found dead. And then moving on to how people view the case depending on what their social status in Argentina is.

Nothing is really simple with this case and as the facts are told, you will probably also change your mind a few times!

Carmel: Who Killed Maria Marta? – Netflix Review

Watch Carmel: Who Killed Maria Marta? on Netflix!

As already mentioned, Carmel: Who Killed Maria Marta? is an Argentinian Netflix series (org. title Carmel: ¿Quién mató a María Marta?) and this means we also get a crash course in the political situation and recent events. All of these things do play a part in the true crime case.

Not necessarily in the ways, you’d expect, but we cover everything from drug cartels to missing children and poverty versus extreme wealth. All of these factors do make for an even more interesting docu-series.

The true-crime niche has long been one of the most popular documentary genres. Honestly, documentaries have been about real-life crime for a long time but with both Netflix and HBO focusing on these docu-series, the audience has grown from thousands to millions.

If you’re appalled by how the case of Maria Marta’s death is handled, then check out the Netflix documentary film American Murder: The Family Next Door. It just might restore some faith in the fact that justice can and does work at times.

And if you’re a glutton for punishment and want to see more examples of gross misconduct, then The Three Deaths of Marisela Escobedo should do the trick. Whatever’s your poison, if you enjoy true-crime documentary combined with mystery, then do check out Carmel: Who Killed Maria Marta? and come up with your own answer to that question!

All four episodes of Carmel: Who Killed Maria Marta? is out on Netflix from November 5, 2020.


A woman is found dead in her bathtub, with a puddle of blood nearby. Her husband theorizes she had an accident. But an autopsy tells a different story.

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