‘Defending Jacob’ a new web series which was aired on Apple TV+ is a very interesting murder mystery with 8 episodes which left the viewers in shock. The series started airing on 24 April 2020 and concluded on 29 May 2020 with the most popular cast including Chris Evans, Michelle Dockery, Jaeden Martell, Cherry Jones, Pablo Schreiber, Betty Gabriel, Sakina Jaffrey and J.K. Simmons.
What is Defending Jacob about?
‘Defending Jacob’ is a murder mystery of Ben Rifkin, a teenage boy who was found murdered in a park. This is the story adapted from a novel with the same name by William Landay. Andy Barber who is portrayed by Chris Evans is the lawyer who took this case. Unfortunately, Andy’s son Jacob is the major suspect. Jacob and Ben are in the same class, also they were not so good with each other and that strengthed the doubt on Jacob.
So the Barbers were totally in confusion to take another step in the case as their son involved. What happens, who is the real murderer? The story revolves around this investigation.
Who is the real murder of Ben Rifkin’s?
Jacob is suspected and arrested. At the same time a pedophile Leonard Patz admits that his the murderer of Ben and hangs himself. He dies.
So the case closes by releasing Jacob. But still, the Barber parents were not so clear about it.
And here comes the twist, the pedophile is murdered by Andy’s father and he makes everyone believe that Leonard is the murderer of Ben. So that his grandson will be relieved and can live happily. This shocks Andy and he can’t stop telling his wife Laurie about his father. Laurie was shattered into pieces after knowing the truth.
The tragic end of Defending Jacob:
The Barber family goes to Mexico as a trip in which they got to know truths. Andy explains everything he knows to Laurie and in addition to that Hope, a girl and friend of Jacob goes missing. Laurie suspects Jacobs hand in that and while they were on a drive, she asks Jacob about Ben and Hope. She drives very fast and soon it turned out as an accident.
According to the book, Jacob dies but in the series, Jacob survives with the unconscious state. Laurie also survives with some injuries and guilt of crashing the car. She thinks about her son when he’s cured, would he forgive his mother for what she did? This drives the Barber parents in misery and viewers in shock.