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The horrifying true story behind Netflix's 'Girl in the Picture'

Netflix and true crime stories go hand-in-hand these days, with each and every niche murder case they chose to serialise becoming an instant sensation. 

The service’s latest success is The Girl in The Picture, a dark tale of child abduction that is already shocking audiences across the world. The synopsis for the new Netflix show reads, “A young mother’s mysterious death and her son’s subsequent kidnapping blow open a decades-long mystery about the woman’s true identity and the murderous federal fugitive at the centre of it all”.

Much like their other curious true crime stories, the true story of The Girl in The Picture is genuinely terrifying, recounting the case of Suzanne Marie Sevakis who was found dying on the side of the road in 1990. Going under the name of Sharon Marshall, the woman’s history was of particular interest to the authorities, with an image of her and her father drawing attention to her tragic past. 

As detailed in the brand new Netflix documentary, Suzanne was born in 1969 as one of four children and was later abducted as a child by her stepfather, Franklin Delano Floyd. Pretending to raise her as his child after her mother was sent to prison, Franklin later married her with his lies and deceit only coming to light once the FBI began to look into several strange life insurance claims. 

There are plenty more mysteries to be discovered in this brand new true-crime series that may be one of the most compelling the streaming service has ever made.

Check out the trailer for The Girl in The Picture, below.