A Perfect Crime

Netflix docuseries, A Perfect Crime chronicles a story described as Germany’s version of the JFK assassination. The case was never solved, and this four-part examination will no doubt reopen speculation as to who committed the murder, and why. The show opens with a quiet suburban scene. Suddenly, a shot rings out. Crime reporter Gunther Classen was on his way home from work when the city was flooded with flashers and sirens. He followed the cops to a rich suburb, and asked what was happening. An officer told him to grab his flash and photograph a second-story window, and that would tell the story. Classen took his shot, illuminating a bullet hole in the glass. The body authorities removed from the home belonged to Rohwedder, a German official who was deemed a “martyr of reunification.” The immediate discontent made Rohwedder a potential target. Police labeled him “K-106” – code for the highest terrorist threat level. Tonally and stylistically, its talking heads, brief re-enactments and archival TV-news footage is nothing we haven’t seen before, but documentaries need not be visually groundbreaking to be interesting.