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Beyond reasonable doubt – the movie (2nd of 2)

Beyond reasonable doubt – the movie

In 1971 Waikato farmer Arthur Allan Thomas was convicted of the 1970 murder of his neighbours Harvey and Jeanette Crewe at Pukekawa. The film Beyond reasonable doubt was in post-production when Thomas was pardoned in December 1979. Screened around New Zealand in 1980, the movie focuses on attempts by the police to identify who was responsible for the murders, and the eventual arrest, trial, appeal, retrial and release of Thomas. The theme of a person jailed for a crime they did not commit fighting to clear their name appeals to both the news media and filmmakers.

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Carl Walrond, 'Crime and the media - Popular culture and mythology', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, http://www.TeAra.govt.nz/en/ephemera/29331/beyond-reasonable-doubt-the-movie (accessed 27 January 2022)

Story by Carl Walrond, published 5 May 2011, reviewed & revised 4 Apr 2018