Unlocking The Truth

MTV's Unlocking the Truth Aims to Overturn False Convictions — Watch

One day after bringing Scream’s fictional killer to justice, MTV is shifting its focus to crimes of a different sort.

Unlocking the Truth (Wednesday, 10/9c) examines the U.S. justice system from the point of view of Ryan Ferguson, a man who was imprisoned for 10 years after being falsely accused and charged with second-degree murder. After a decade behind bars, Ferguson was exonerated with the help of attorney Kathleen Zellner, the same person who filed an appeal to free Steven Avery of Netflix’s Making a Murderer.

Wednesday’s premiere begins with a brief look at Ferguson’s story — which he admits is “not the easiest thing to watch” — before diving into the case of Michael Politte, a man who was charged with the murder of his mother in 1998 when he was just 14 years old.

“They’re all worth my time,” Ferguson tells TVLine of the cases he and partner Eva Nagao take on. “But I only have so much time. If I see that a case was not thoroughly investigated, that’s where I can best provide help.”

Unfortunately, Ferguson admits, not every investigation ends with a discovery of innocence — but that doesn’t make his efforts any less important.

“We just want to find the truth in these cases, and they definitely lead us down paths we don’t anticipate,” he says. “There are a lot of twists and turns, and it’s not always what you expect. Sometimes it’s good, sometimes it’s not.”

Ferguson says his drive for this work comes from “anger and frustration at a legal system that values convictions over human lives. I saw it in my case and I saw it in multiple other cases. There are 1,700 wrongfully imprisoned people who have been exonerated, and there are thousands more. I do the opposite of what they’re doing: I take this negative energy and I turn it into positive action.”

Watch an exclusive preview of Wednesday’s premiere below, then drop a comment: Will you be watching?

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  1. Elisa Ocon says:

    My brother has been n prison going on 11 years for something he didnt do. I need help to get him out. Please

  2. hannah says:

    I watched the dateline episodes about Ryan’s case and I really really wanted to like him but he’s just so cocky and arrogant , had I been one of his jurors, I would have slapped him with a guilty verdict just to shut him up .

  3. Nakisha says:

    I’ve been looking for help to get my nephew out of prison. He’s been in for 5 years and a lot of Ryan’s story sounds like his. How do others in this situation get help? Thank you

  4. Vicki McCauley says:

    I watched his story on ID… I was appalled. I will be watching Ryan Ferguson’s show on MTV, cheering for him along all the way.

  5. we have been going through something we have affidaved from main witness in case he saying same thing when kevin terrell tatum was arrested he spent 20.000 to mr fred reynolds on his case mr.reynolds lied and didnt even tell him the state was giving him 45 years on a self defense case terrell wrote to board of neglience against mr reynolds and they wrote to terrell and told him his case is wrong they need to do his case austin tx of appeals dont care hes been serving 9 years for a self defense case fighting everyday writing letters to get out a da went by victum moms house to ask if she new main witness she said no the main witness grew up with victum all his life they called the victum by nick name champ cause he likes to fight and beat people up for other people can someone please answer or talk to us we have a lot more proof so ryan ferguson this is not a store kevin terrell tatum free my self defense case darrington unit houston tx

  6. ryan ferguson can you please reach us the judge even said to da you going for murder and its his first offense the jury was falling asleep didnt know what witness said what the lawyer just reading news paper he didnt say ya na no brief case just news pape judge said this been set back 5 times this should have been thrown out many times its been reset when judge went on break mr reynolds got up and went to da mr reynolds and da said favor for a favorfamily went back in terrell was gone that quick 45 everybody was on recess jury kept coming back out asking what that witness said half was sleep yarning his court hours we were leaving 12 2;00 or 3;00 am the whole week went got a witness of a case was closed when he 14 that was a set up please please help us we are so worried sick in health help us ryan we need this he have some legal person helping him they say he needs out side help as well help help just the right prson who understand ryan ferguson