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Are the Shocking Crimes Featured on 'The Sinner' Based on True Events?


The Sinner is arguably one of the most captivating and complex crime and mystery shows to hit Netflix. But since the streaming service is known for a slew of shows and short films just like this (Making a Murderer, The Confession Tapes, Conversations with a Killer: The Ted Bundy Tapes, to name a few) fans can't help but wonder if The Sinner is based on true events. 

Is The Sinner based on true events? 

And now that it's been announced that Season 3 will air on Feb. 6, 2020, we've figured out if each season of the USA Network show is based on real happenings. Scroll down for what we've learned!

Season 1 wasn't based on a true story.

Forgive us for wondering if a woman stabbing a man to death in broad daylight on a beach really happened. Season 1 followed the story of Cora Tannetti (played by 7th Heaven's Jessica Biel) who murdered a man and faced trial and jail time for doing so. To avoid spoilers, we suggest watching the thrilling eight-episode season to figure out why she committed the murder... and why everyone thinks she's absolutely crazy.

But so it turns out, the season was not based on true events at all.