A WILDERNESS OF ERROR

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.


  • “'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