About the Show

From Emmy® Award winning producer Marc Smerling, Emmy Award winning studio Blumhouse and UCP, comes a five-part documentary series, A Wilderness of Error, based on the best-selling book by filmmaker and author Errol Morris who also appears in the series.

When Army surgeon Jeffrey MacDonald is sent to prison for killing his family, a storm of swirling narratives challenges our very ability to find the truth all the while overshadowing a chilling possibility: MacDonald may be an innocent man.

Marc Smerling directs, and executive produces the series alongside Blumhouse Television and UCP, a division of Universal Studio Group. Additional executive producers include Michael Jackson and Rachael Horovitz, who acquired the rights to the book; Jason Blum, Jeremy Gold, Marci Wiseman, Mary Lisio, Dawn Olmstead and Jessica Grimshaw.

Companion Podcast - Morally Indefensible
Listen to the official trailer for Morally Indefensible. The eight-episode podcast series is a companion to A Wilderness of Error hosted by Marc Smerling.

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Season 1
Season 1

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"When A Narrative Becomes Reality"

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When Joe McGinniss' book is published, the story it tells is not what convicted killer Jeffrey MacDonald had hoped for... New evidence is discovered that may finally prove Jeffrey MacDonald is innocent. The Girl in the Floppy Hat sits for an interview.

42 minutes • TV-MA • Aired 10/02

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"A Wilderness of Error"

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Jeffrey MacDonald served more than 30 years in prison when a federal judge finally agrees to hear the new evidence in his case. Errol Morris heads to North Carolina believing the truth will finally come out.

48 minutes • TV-MA • Aired 10/02

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"Girl in a Floppy Hat"

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Famed filmmaker and writer Errol Morris is obsessed with one of America's most popularized true crimes - the murder of a pregnant wife and two young daughters on an Army base back in 1970.

60 minutes • TV-MA • Aired 09/25

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"A Time of Suspicion"

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After an Army hearing frees Green Beret Dr. Jeffrey MacDonald, his father-in-law demands a re-investigation. But when he sees all the evidence, he's shocked by where it leads...

39 minutes • TV-MA • Aired 09/25

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"Should the Jury Find..."

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Nine years after the murders of his pregnant wife and two young daughters, the guilt of Green Beret Dr. Jeffrey MacDonald is put to a civilian jury. The defense calls a surprise witness: The Girl in a Floppy Hat.

45 minutes • TV-MA • Aired 09/25

  • “'Wilderness' is in part a straightforward true-crime ticktock, and even if you’ve read or seen 'Fatal Vision' or followed other accounts of the case, it’s a dizzying, fascinating story”
    - The New York Times
  • “a must-watch for true crime devotees”
    - The Hollywood Reporter
  • “[Marc] Smerling’s haunting film-noir visual style succeeds at reinvigorating an old story”
    - TIME
  • “Marc Smerling…captures the swirl of narratives in this particular case with tight editing and expert construction”
    - Roger Ebert
  • “With ‘The Jinx’ producer Marc Smerling at the helm (and Blumhouse producing), get ready for a jaw-dropping moment or two”
    - Rolling Stone