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When a respected, small-town Virginia couple was found gruesomely butchered one April morning in 1985, the community was left stunned as investigators scrambled to solve the mystery of their murder. What unfolded next is a story of love, lies, and betrayal as Jens Soering was convicted for the crime. But, over thirty years later, does his conviction still stand? This season, on The Truth About True Crime, host Amanda Knox explores the perplexing and sensationalized case from the docu-series Killing for Love, streaming on Sundance Now. Listen as she untangles a tale of obsessed young lovers, heinous murders, and a shocking miscarriage of justice that eerily parallels her own story. The views, information or opinions expressed during this podcast are solely those of the individuals involved and do not necessarily represent those of AMC Networks and its employees.


Killing for Love

The story of Jens Soering and Elizabeth Haysom

A film by Marcus Vetter and Karin Steinberger

"I felt like the hero in Charles Dickens' novel "A Tale of Two Cities",
who gave his life for love."
Jens Soering


COMING TO THE US ON DECEMBER 15, 2017

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"I felt like the hero in Charles Dickens' novel "A Tale of Two Cities",
who gave his life for love."
Jens Soering


Synopsis

A true Story

First love life sentence

Obsessed young lovers, obscene murders, a sensational trial, and a shocking miscarriage of justice. KILLING FOR LOVE is a riveting dissection of the prosecution’s case, the courtroom battle played out on television, and the disturbing aftermath. Convicted of brutally murdering his girlfriend’s parents, Jens Soering has been in prison for over 30 years. The film reveals for the first time the mounting evidence of his innocence: the FBI profile of the killer withheld from the jury, the bloody footprint and unidentified fingerprints pointing to other perpetrators, and the new exculpatory DNA analysis. Highly cinematic in the way of The Staircase, as suspenseful as Serial, and as confounding as Making of a Murderer, KILLING FOR LOVE delivers a powerful story that is indeed, stranger than fiction.





Bonus videos

Bonus videos

The love letters of Jens Soering and Elizabeth Haysom

With the voices of Imogen Poots and Daniel Bruehl

Perhaps their lives would have turned out differently if Jens Soering and Elizabeth Haysom had not kept their love letters. When they were arrested in London on April 30, 1986, it was the collection of love letters that aroused suspicion with the police. In these letters Jens and Elizabeth frequently fantasized about the death or transformation of Elizabeth’s parents, prompting the investigators make inquiries with Virginia law enforcement. In those pre-Internet times, in which cooperation and communication between jurisdictions, let alone in different countries, was uncommon, except for the letters, Jens and Elizabeth might have gotten away with just the cheque fraud they were arrested for. In our bonus material, you can find exclusive excerpts from these letters – read by Daniel Bruehl and Imogen Poots. They illustrate how obsessive and tempestuous this love was.








“When my love swears that she is made of truth, I do believe her, though I know she lies, That she might think me some untutored youth, unlearned in the world’s false subtleties.”
Sonnet 138, Shakespeare


The double murder of Nancy and Derek Haysom in 1985 was a media spectacle. The Haysoms were well-respected community members in their hometown, Lynchburg, Virginia, then they were brutally murdered, almost executed, in their home. The court trials, in which their daughter Elizabeth Haysom and her German boyfriend Jens Soering were tried for the murders, were broadcasted live on US television - something unheard of previous to the case. You can study and follow the developments in the case over thirty years through our exclusive and extensive archive which contains newspaper articles and TV materials. The archive is unique in that it holds the most complete collection of American and German articles and TV materials from 1985 until today. The material was made available by the Virginia Press Service News Clipping Bureau, by different newspapers, journalists and the WSET 13 Daily News Channel.


A film by
Marcus Vetter and Karin Steinberger

with the voices of
Imogen Poots and Daniel Brühl

Directed and Edited by
Marcus Vetter

Co-Director
Karin Steinberger

Director of Photography
Georg Zengerling

Additional Camera
Michele Gentile
 
Co-edited by
Michele Gentile
Patrick Wilfert

Bonus videos
Andrea Stettmer
Christoph von Stieglitz

Location Sound
Aljoscha Haupt
 
Re-Recording Mixer
Jonathan Schorr

Sound Design
Markus Limberger

Original Music
Jens Ole Huerkamp

Color Grading
Fabiana Carldalda

Assistant Editor
Leon Füngers

Script Consultant
Jörg Widmer

Legal Advisor
Albert Kitzler
 
Line Producers
Annette Burchard

Producer
Marcus Vetter
Louise Rosen
Ulf Meyer


Consulting Producer
Peter Broderick

With
(in Order of Appearance)
Jens Soering
Chuck Reid
Ricky Gardner
Susanne Peniche
John Peniche
Carlos Santos
Rich Zorn
Gail Marshall
Tom Elliott
Dave Watson
Gail Ball
Steven Rosenfield
Judge William Sweeney
Mada Sweeney
Tony Buchanan
Ed Sulzbach
Knut Abraham


Dialogue Editing
Aljoscha Haupt
Eric Gühring

Foley Artist
Peter Deiniger
Julia Müller-Scherz

Foley Studio
Cine Impuls

Art Director
Michele Gentile

Animators
Leon Füngers
Sascha Schmidt

Post Production Supervisor
Georg Zengerling

Additional Legal Advisors
F. Robert Stein, Pryor Cashman LLP
W. Wilder Knight II, Pryor Cashman LLP

English Translators
Dr. Jo Van Vliet
Sarah Jobalia

French Subtitles
Jeanne Baliteau

Spanish Subtitles & Translations
Dora Melcher

Camera Engineers
Georg Zengerling
Achim Johne
 
HD Post Production
Bewegte Bilder
 
Sound Mix
Bewegte Bilder

Post Production Studio
Bukera Pictures
 
DCP Mastering
Bewegte Bilder

Title and Credit Design
Michele Gentile
Leon Füngers

Graphic- & Webdesign
Second Screen Concept
Ulf Meyer
addictivefilm

Cross Media
Pjotr Strokov

Illustration & Posterdesign
Jean-Pierre Kunkel
Gordian Breede
Ulf Meyer

Executive in Charge of Production
Hans-Jürgen Bubser
 
Associate Producer
StreamWerx
Jörg Widmer

Bookkeeping Filmperspektive
Dietmar Neubrand

Interns
Bianca Schillinger
Julian Schöner
Sarah Jobalia
Johanne Ebel
Niels Bauder
Felix Reiter
Vera Paulmann
Samuel Gentile
Hannah Doll
Andrea Stettmer
Christioph von Stieglitz


Researcher
Elizabeth Klinck

Transcription Services
Julian Schöner
Sarah Jobalia
Niels Bauder
Ulf Meyer
 
Stringers USA
Decker Campbell
Ann Woodroof Williams

E&O Insurance
HISCOX Ltd
Caninenburg&Schouten GmbH

Set Photos
Georg Zengerling

Aereial Footage
Decker Campbell
Ann Williams

Archival Footage
WSET-TV
Private Archive Judge Sweeny
CNN
BBC


With Thanks to

Florian Alcantara
Martin Armstrong
Beth Avang
Celine Babic
Francisco Barata
Brigitte Baur
Timo Baur
Carl von Bergengruen
Anna Boeckh
Nira Bozkurt
Angela Brück
Tom Burchard
Dawn Cleaver
Franco De Luca
Dedina Dettmers
Leo Ellis
Leonore Fisch
Daniel Fritz
Esther Frohnmeyer
Gesine Füngers
Robert Gehring
Alexandre Geisselmann
Nicola Gentile
Christiane Gentile
Davide Gentile
Samuel Gentile
Chris McGinty
Klaus Graf
Katharina Graf
Monika Gossmann
Christoph Gröner
Anne Götz
Hans-Juügen Guth
Juliane Hahn
Gunnar Hartsieker
Christian Hasemann
Samira Higham
Marc Jacob
Jaqueline Janosi
Hannes Jo Rühle
Pierre Johne
Denise Kalipciyan
Dr. Bernd Kaut
Margit Ketterle
Christoph Klotz
Stephan Klotz
Sabrina Klumpp
Sina Knoll
Jan Knollman
Norman Koch
Dieter Krauss
Jasmin Krist
Alexandra Kuhn
Barbara Kuhls
David Kussel
France Saint Léger
Richard Lessau
Mette Lubczyk
David Marco
Dr. Frank Meerkamp
Dora Melcher
Nicky Merl
Frauke Meyer
Ralph Nitz
Beate Nonhoff
Florence Olara
Susanne Patzner
Karlinha Pöhläinen
Lia Polotzek
Laura Preu
Andres Preuss
Grigori Prokhorov
Andre Reifenrath
Benjamin Rothenbacher
Kerstin Rupp
Katharine Rydlink
Lisa Schallenmüller
Jennifer Schense
Frederik Schmidt
Gunnar Schmidt
Carsten Schuffert
Andreas Sievert
Butsarakorn Sorngwong
Holger Spannbauer
Sandor Söth
Slatko Stürmer
Milan Stürmer
Francesca Tummarello
Jana Tolle
Sandra Vach
Daniel Van Eendenburg
Solidea Valenti
Nina Wagner
Gisela Wendel
Charlotte Widmer
Arne Wittig
Raul Nino Zambrano
Benno Zengerling
Dorothea Zengerling


Special Thanks to
Bernadette Faber
Dr. Christoph Hauser
Kai Henkel
Petra Hermanns
Terrence Malick
Margaret MM. Menegoz
Sibel Kekilli
Christoph Strässer
Jörg Widmer
Martina Zöllner

Commissioning Editors   
Gudrun Hanke El Ghomri, SWR
Catherine le Goff, ARTE
Petra Felber, BR
Mette Hoffmann Meyer, DR
Nick Fraser, BBC
Kate Townsend, BBC
Axel Arnö, SVT
Nathalie Windhorst, VPRO

North American distribution represented by
Louise Rosen/Louise Rosen Ltd. 
Peter Broderick/Paradigm Consulting

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