Unveiling a Captivating Chilean Miniseries
On May 11th, Netflix premiered the intriguing Chilean miniseries “42 Days in Darkness”, a gripping production that delves into the disappearance of a businessman’s wife in the residential area of Puerto Varas, located in the Lakes Region of Chile. The husband, as well as an employee from his company, were accused in connection with the crime.
This gripping thriller has garnered the attention of fans of the crime genre, as it marks Netflix’s first foray into the captivating world of Andean storytelling. Inspired by a real-life case, the series is based on the book You Know Who: Notes on the Homicide of Viviana Haeger written by investigative journalist Rodrigo Fluxá. It chronicles the events leading up to and following the disappearance of this woman in 2010, which sent shockwaves throughout the entire country.
Behind the Scenes of “42 Days in Darkness”
Directed by Claudia Hiaquimilla and Gaspar Antillo, produced by Pablo Larraín, and starring a talented cast, this miniseries unveils the story of a woman who embarks on a relentless search for her missing sister in an exclusive Chilean community amidst a media storm. With only six episodes ranging from 40 to 50 minutes in length, the series brilliantly portrays the events that unfolded before and after June 29th, 2010, capturing the 42 days it took authorities to discover Viviana’s lifeless body.
Introducing Chilean Talent to the Global Stage
Behind the scenes, the series was brought to life by producers Claudia Di Girólamo, Pablo Macaya, and Daniel Alcaíno. This project not only showcases the platform’s commitment to true crime and real-life narratives but also represents Chile’s entry into the realm of streaming giants.
Warning: Spoiler Alert – A Real-Life Case Underpinning “42 Days in Darkness”
The series draws inspiration from a real-life incident that gripped the attention of viewers in Argentina. This tragic event occurred in Parque Stocker, Puerto Varas, in the Lakes Region of Chile back in 2010. This was the place chosen by Viviana’s husband, Jaime Anguita, to set up his construction company. Consequently, Viviana resigned from her position as an accountant to focus on the care of their two daughters, aged 8 and 14.
However, tranquility was shattered when on June 29th of that year, Jaime reported the sudden disappearance of his wife, who vanished without leaving any trace behind. As the story unfolded, the police investigation focused on her husband and a former employee of his company, José Pérez Mancilla. This high-profile case captivated the attention of the Chilean nation for many months, as the media exposed a series of irregularities associated with the handling of the investigation.
Finally, 42 days after the initial report, on August 10th, Viviana’s lifeless body was discovered, thanks to Jaime’s call to the authorities. His daughter had informed him about a foul odor in the vicinity of their property. The case gained even more notoriety due to the numerous flaws and deficiencies uncovered during the trial and subsequent investigation, which cast doubt on the presented evidence crucial to the progress of the case.
It was revealed that the employee accused Viviana’s husband of promising to pay him 5,000,000 Chilean pesos as compensation for his involvement, but the full sum never reached his hands. As the story unfolded, José Pérez Mancilla became known as “the hired hitman” and was ultimately found guilty as the sole perpetrator of the crime. Currently, he is serving a 10-year sentence for robbery with homicide, as determined by the 2017 trial.
Initially, experts determined that Viviana died from ingesting weed killer, leading to speculation about the possibility of suicide, thereby dismissing the notion of a homicide. However, two years later, after the exhumation of her body, the possibility of suicide was discarded.
Viviana’s husband spent two years in pretrial detention until 2017 when he was acquitted of all charges related to the murder.
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