The mind-boggling real case behind Netflix’s Dig Deeper: The Disappearance of Birgit Meier

NETFLIX are known for releasing terrifying crime documentaries – and this month alone has seen Tiger King 2 and Catching Killers hit our screens.

But their expansive repertoire of true-crime tales is about to get better with the release of new series Dig Deeper: The Disappearance of Birgit Meier.

Due to be released later this week, the new documentary is set to look into the disappearance of Birgit Meier in 1989.

The series will look at how the young woman vanished from her home town in Germany across four episodes, which will feature English subtitles.

Her case was only highlighted 28 years after she went missing after her brother, a policeman named Wolfgang Sielaff, worked tirelessly to catch the killer.

Investigators thought Birgit had committed suicide or was killed by her husband, and until they started investigating the gardener that the truth came out.

She and green-fingered Kurt-Werner Wichmann had met a birthday party weeks before her disappearance, but he was never properly questioned.

It wasn't until 1993 that he became a suspect when police searched his house to find an array of weapons, sedatives and a torture room behind a secret door.

And with that – attentions turned to trying to find Birgit's body after the gardener hung himself while in police custody to be charged for her murder.

"Birgit Meier disappears, but the police have other concerns," the Netflix synopsis reads. "Only Wolfgang Sielaff suspects that she is the victim of a brutal crime.

"The search of a suspect's house brings some gruesome things to light."

It's the second foreign-language true crime documentary to be released to Netflix this week after Reasonable Doubt: A Tale of Two Kidnappings hit screens.

Directed by Roberto Hernandez – who is also behind true crime documentary Presumed Guilty – the series looks into a Mexican case from 2015.

The case follows four men who were arrested for being involved in a kidnapping following a late-night minor car collision.

The crash saw the four men imprisoned – which director Roberto Hernandez believes was unjustly – as they were linked with the kidnapping case.

The group were dished out 50 years in prison for the crime, despite evidence lacking in areas to suggest that they were involved in any way.

Hernandez revealed that the documentary, which lands on Netflix today (Tuesday 23 November), will "expose the truth behind Mexico's flawed justice system".

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