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Mistress, Mercy: Story of a Teenage Dominatrix

Format: 2 x 44 / 1 x 88
Broadcaster(s):  TVNZ

Long before fifty shades of anything, teenage dominatrix Renee Chignell was accused of murder after a bondage session went horribly wrong. For the first time, 30 years later, Chignell tells her story, weaving together archive footage and dramatic reconstructions of the trial.

When 18 year old Renee Chignell discovered the lifeless body of cricket umpire Peter Plumley Walker in her homemade B & D dungeon in 1989 her life changed forever, and so did New Zealand society.  Charged with murder, Renee and her much older boyfriend Neville Walker were arrested and tried three separate times in a headline-grabbing court battle that ran two-and-a-half-years from 1989 to 1991.

The sensational case featured secret witnesses, courtroom theatrics and accusations of corruption in the judicial system. Mistress, Mercy digs beneath the scandalous headlines to unearth the story of a young woman out of her depth and left to fend for herself in society’s seedy underbelly.

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