Killing For Love

Killing For Love

By Marcus Vetter & Karin Steinberger

  • Genre: Documentary
  • Release Date: 2017-12-15
  • Advisory Rating: Unrated
  • Runtime: 1h 58min
  • Director: Marcus Vetter & Karin Steinberger
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  • iTunes Price: USD 12.99
  • iTunes Rent Price: USD 6.99
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March 30, 1985: Derek and Nancy Haysom are discovered brutally murdered at their home in Lynchburg, Virginia. The subsequent arrest and conviction of the couple's daughter Elizabeth, a wealthy scholarship student at the University of Virginia, and her boyfriend Jens Söring, the brilliant son of a German diplomat, set off a media frenzy, becoming the first trial of its kind to be nationally televised. But what if the justice system got it all wrong? This gripping true crime tale untangles the web of romantic obsession and betrayal that may have led an innocent man to make the ultimate sacrifice for love: take the fall for a murder he didn't commit. Featuring the voices of Daniel Brühl and Imogen Poots.



  • Must watch True Crime!

    By Domgiovanni
    This film will take you on a ride that you won’t soon forget. Gripping, suspenseful and incredibly poignant, a morality tale filled with unsuspecting revelations.
  • A love story, a murder, a man in prison for 32 years for a crime he never committed.

    By Honeysuckle Jump
    This true crime documentary is both riveting and heartbreaking. You will be engrossed by the love story between Jens Soering and Elizabeth Haysom; Elizabeth's manipulation and betrayal of Jens; Jens' tragic desire to protect the woman he loves; and the wild twists and turns of the trial. The story is told in letters (beautifully narrated by Imogen Poots and Daniel Bruhl); interviews with folks investigating the crime when it happened so many years ago as well as those working on Jens' behalf now; photos; and footage of the trial. You'll want to see every bit of it. I found myself engrossed by every turn and every new bit of information, and touched by Jens' fight. This is a masterful piece of storytelling.
  • Intense and poignant - highly reccomended true crime documentary.

    By darnsian
    This is a great documentary about a horrible crime, spanning decades as the filmmakers slowly peel back public appearance to reveal new information and the emotional lives of the people involved. It reminded me yet again how complicated true life is, and that we must always stay open, must always resist the rush to judgement. I grew up in the Virginia area and remember well when these murders were committed. This doc painstakingly presents alternate versions of the event itself, and allows us to exist in the contradictory space created between two people, a swirl of deception and self-deception, loyalty and guilt - the human ecology. An intense, engrossing, deeply emotional film - I so enjoyed being invited into Mr. Soering’s mind over the years. The filmmakers cannot deliver us a pat ending - it doesn’t exist and probably never will - but I appreciate their intention to be fair, and to investigate. A great crime doc that turns the tables on a prevailing narrative. There are always other sides of the story.
  • Persuasive argument for reasonable doubt

    By W. Robert2
    If you’re a fan of true-crime documentaries like “Making A Murder,” the “Paradise Lost” films, and “The Thin Blue Line,” this film is for you. Like those films, this one allows you to sit watching as judge & jury, looking at a case through the prism of time, to see if the verdict was just. I believe, like those films, that this one lays out a persuasive argument for reasonable doubt which is no small thing. After all, it is a fact that innocent people end up in prison. Luckily, on occasion, the system corrects itself, as we read every few months when someone is exonerated by DNA. For that to happen, though, people need to care and that is why I recommend watching this film. Every voice counts.
  • Thrilling

    By Agoodalbum
    Great true crime film.
  • A Riveting True-Crime Documentary

    By David J. Stanley
    Killing For Love is an excellent film -- one well worth watching. It's a riveting true-crime documentary about the Haysom murders in Virginia in the 1980s and Jens Soering's wrongful conviction and ongoing fight for freedom. Akin to Making a Murderer and Serial, the film chronicles how terribly wrong things can go in our criminal justice system. In this case, the film's subject (Jens Soering) is a German-born student who is attending the University of Virginia. He falls in love with Elizabeth Haysom, the daughter of Virginia socialites, whose allure masks her deep psychological and family troubles. When her parents are murdered, Elizabeth and Jens become the prime suspects, and a high-profile trial and media maelstrom ensue. The film includes great footage from the trial itself -- the first of its kind, pre-dating the OJ Simpson case, to be captured in the international media spotlight. Watch and expect to be drawn into this story of love, youth, betrayal, murder, and a criminal justice system incapable of separating fact from fiction.