Netflix’s Devil In Ohio Is Based On The True Story Of A Cult

In the realm of true crime, there’s nothing like reading the phrase “based on true events” to know you’re in for a wild ride. After all, life is stranger than fiction sometimes, and you only need to look at recent entries in the canon to prove it. Take the next drama a family friend, based on the multiple (!) kidnappings of 12-year-old Jan Broberg; The new Netflix documentary sins of our mother, about America’s most notorious mother; or the chilling new series by Jessica Biel Sweet, which explores the true case of a Texan housewife who hacked to death her best friend in 1980.

But if there’s any show that’s going to send chills down your spine this fall, it’s Netflix’s next thriller. Devil in Ohio.

Landing just in time to see the new season, the new mystery series, as you may have guessed from the title, explores the demonic activity that stirs in the heart of a small town in the United States. And the premise alone is enough to keep you from scrolling in disbelief.

It centers on hospital psychiatrist Dr. Suzanne Mathis (Bones‘s Emily Deschanel) who shelters in her home a mysterious cult fugitive (Madeleine Arthur) who shows up at her workplace in a severely traumatized state.

However, this act of charity begins to go horribly wrong when the girl’s arrival threatens to tear her own family apart with her strange behavior. Is she just a victim looking for a fresh start or does she have her own agenda?

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Devil In Ohio: Madeleine Arthur as the Fugitive

However, this is not just another TV series that delivers cult mayhem. Based on the best-selling 2017 novel of the same name written by Daria Polatin, the series is inspired by true events.

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In an interview with the officePolatin, who has also written for rock castle Y Jack Ryanhe described how he knew he “had to tell” the story after his producer Rachel Miller told him about a true crime case that took place in Ohio.

“The bones of the story are true and they did happen,” he explained, “and I wanted to take that as a starting point.”

Devil In Ohio: Madeleine Arthur as the Fugitive

Polatin explained that he later adapted the story into his book, inventing a fictional Midwestern town where a young woman has a harrowing escape from a satanic cult.

“It’s inspired by real events, but it’s not a documentary,” he continued. “That’s just a different kind of storytelling.

“For this, I felt the best way out would be to unleash it creatively and fictionalize the details and let it take on a life of its own. (The true story) took place in Ohio…”

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Devil in Ohio: Emily Deschanel as Dr. Suzanne Mathis

Creepy stuff, right? And the trailer only adds to the menacing vibe. In the clip, we see the darkness begin to unfold as loving mother Suzanne offers the mysterious Mae a place to stay in her home until a more permanent adoptive family becomes available.

Mae may have been through extraordinary “traumas,” but her behavior is unsettling, especially when she begins to compete with Suzanne’s 15-year-old daughter, Jules (Xaria Dotson), for her mother’s attentions.

Meanwhile, the Ohio police begin to uncover disturbing evidence that Mae escaped from a nearby satanic cult. However, she is not just any fugitive, but a major player in her demonic activities.

“Nobody leaves except your girl,” a detective tells Suzanne about scenes where Mae is tied up with rope. “Who, I guess from the way they’ve branded her, is vital to them.”

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The thrilling final seconds of the trailer leave no doubt that Mae is anything but innocent as Suzanne desperately searches for her in the middle of a cornfield. From the looks of it, this may be one of the best true crime thrillers we’ve had this year.

devil in ohio will be available to stream on Netflix on September 2

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