Netflix has come out of the gate swinging with true crime docuseries in 2020. It all started with Killer Inside: The Mind of Aaron Hernandez followed by The Pharmacist. In Netflix’s latest documentary they examine the horrifying murder of Gabriel Fernandez, with “The Trials of Gabriel Fernandez”.
To say “The Trials of Gabriel Fernandez” is disturbing and heartbreaking is a complete understatement.
“The Trials of Gabriel Fernandez” is about the murder of 8-year-old Gabriel Fernandez and trial of his mother Pearl Fernandez and his stepfather Isauro Aguirre. On top of the murder trials, there was also a commentary on social workers and child protective services.
As I have said many times, Netflix is the best at doing true crime documentaries. They continue their excellence with “The Trials of Gabriel Fernandez”.
The docuseries is very difficult to watch but it’s a story that needed to be told. I don’t have children and I was disturbed. I cannot imagine how it feels to have children and watch the docuseries.
The filmmakers do a great job breaking down the case and follow the trial throughout. They also do their best with the bias of the case. They definitely picked the best people to interview and did their research. The Los Angeles Deputy District Attorney, Jon Hatami does a great job throughout the documentary and even in court to convince us that the two parents are evil (to which I agree 100000%).
Again, the subject matter of “The Trials of Gabriel Fernandez” is very hard to watch and listen to. The abuse that Gabriel went through will break your heart. The torture that he suffered which ultimately killed him is tragic. Pearl Fernandez and Isauro Aguirre are the epitome of the word evil. It really is hard to believe people like this exist, but they do. The filmmakers even show another case eerie similar Gabriel.
The docuseries is obviously not for everyone. Viewers should watch the trailer to see what they’re getting into. If you are a fan of true crime this is must-watch, but again be wary.