Airdate: Between Black and Blue
The almost unbelievable true story of crooked cops, a mafia Godfather, an alleged public poisoning, Elvis Presley & a cocaine-addicted newspaper editor who printed it all.
New to iwonder in January is Between Black and Blue, the story of Mike Borrelli and Bob Davis: two New York City detectives who are convicted of the sensational 1975 murder of Denver businessman, Hal Levine.
The four-part documentary series tells the almost unbelievable true story of crooked cops, a mafia Godfather, an alleged public poisoning, Elvis Presley and a cocaine-addicted newspaper editor who printed it all.
iwonder CEO, James Bridges, says of the film: “Murder, corruption, lies and courtroom drama; Between Black and Blue plays out like all the great Hollywood gangland dramas – except it all happens to be true. More than four decades after the events, across four astonishing episodes viewers get to make their own minds up on exactly what happened on the night of Hal Levine’s murder, and did the right people answer for the crime?”
Seven years in the making, the series unveils the story of two New York City detectives who were convicted of the murder of a Denver businessman in 1975, their decades-long fight to clear their names, and the hunt for one of the confessed gunmen who may hold all the answers – a man placed into witness protection by law enforcement over 40 years ago.
Mike Borrelli, an Italian-American NYPD detective and his former partner Bob Davis, one of the first African-American detectives in New York, are accused of having east coast mafia ties, resulting in their arrest for the murder of Hal Levine, Mike Borrelli’s business partner. Mike and Bob maintain their innocence, and when no physical evidence is found connecting Borrelli or Davis to the murder, complete immunity is given to one of the confessed murderers – a known criminal who had previously been diagnosed as a pathological liar – in exchange for his testimony.
Four years after his conviction and life sentence, Mike Borelli is found innocent in a new trial. However, the courts refuse to give Bob Davis a new trial even though Mike Borrelli – the man accused of hiring him to do “the hit” – has been exonerated. Bob can’t help but feel the colour of his skin is standing in the way of the justice he so rightly deserves.
Thursday 6th January on iwonder.