DIG DEEPER: The Disappearance of Birgit Meier on Netflix is a new German documentary series in the true-crime subgenre. With just four episodes, it’s a fairly quick watch. Read our full Dig Deeper: The Disappearance of Birgit Meier docu-series review here!
DIG DEEPER: The Disappearance of Birgit Meier is a new Netflix docu-series. Yet again, we’re in the true-crime subgenre and this is a German production. Of course, it should come as no surprise that it’s also a case from Germany. It all began with the disappearance of Birgit Meier in 1989.
ANOTHER TRUE CRIME CASE THAT BEGAN IN GERMANY
This new Netflix docu-series has just four 1-hour episodes, so you can watch it fairly quickly. Both family, friends, and police involved with the case (and or the victim) were interviewed for this true-crime documentary. Also, it’s worth noting that 1989 was a big year in German history since it’s the year the Berlin Wall finally came down!
Continue reading our Dig Deeper: The Disappearance of Birgit Meier docu-series review below.
Police missteps and misplaced focus
There are many interesting details in Dig Deeper: The Disappearance of Birgit Meier. These details intrigued both the police and the press.
However, as is often the case with these true-crime documentaries, police procedure “issues” also play a big part. The fact that four people had recently been found murdered in the same town, where Birgit Meier disappeared, also meant that their resources were spread very thin.
In terms of Birgit Meier, she was getting divorced from her wealthy businessman husband when she disappeared. Her husband was already in a new relationship with someone from their joint place of work. Of course, this made the police focus on him – not many others seemed to believe he was guilty though.
Still, they had to eliminate him, of course. Having no body and still not knowing if Birgit Meier was dead or alive, didn’t make it easier.
The sister of a police chief
Also, the brother of Birgit Meier was a police chief working in Hamburg. Obviously, this only made the case more interesting for many. Including the press!
Unfortunately, her brother couldn’t work the case directly since it didn’t happen in his jurisdiction (Birgit Meier lived in Lüneberg). Of course, he might not have been allowed to anyway. But he could (and did) ask questions and try to speed things up.
However, due to the earlier mentioned recent murders in the same area, it was difficult to get any real focus on a simple “disappearance”. Could it be that these murders were connected with Birgit Meier’s disappearance?! You’ll have to watch this Netflix true-crime documentary to find out.
Or just google it, of course, but that would ruin the unraveling of this mystery!
Watch Dig Deeper: The Disappearance of Birgit Meier on Netflix now!
Nicolas Steiner is the director of this new Netflix docu-series. He has been directing both documentary features and fiction short films since 2006. His previous feature film production was a genre-bender that included both documentary aspects as well as adventure and drama – somewhat along the lines of Nomadland. It’s called Above and Below (2015) and won several awards.
With just four episodes (each around the one-hour mark), this Netflix documentary is very much worth watching. Especially since both family and friends of Birgit Meier are involved. I never like it when the family isn’t involved because that makes it feel like a violation of the memory of their loved ones.
However, they are clearly wanting to highlight the case. If nothing else, so everyone can see (and maybe learn) from the mistakes that were made.
Will we get an answer? Well, you’ll notice that when Dig Deeper docu-series begins, there’s a mention of the fact that “nobody knew what had happened with Birgit Meier from 1989 to 2017”. This tells you from the get-go that something will happen in 2017 that finally results in answers. This one is well-made and worth watching!
Dig Deeper: The Disappearance of Birgit Meier is out on Netflix globally from November 26, 2021.
Birgit Meier disappears in 1989, but the police have other concerns. Only Wolfgang Sielaff – her brother and himself a police detective – suspects that she is the victim of a brutal crime. The search of a suspect’s house brings some gruesome things to light.