In an interview with the Daily News, filmmaker Andrew Jarecki refers to the Nassau County district attorney’s investigation as a “superficial probe.” Jarecki felt that his own investigation was “far more thorough” than the district attorney’s.
How thorough was Jarecki’s research? Not thorough at all, as highlighted in the three-year reinvestigation conducted by the Nassau County district attorney.
“It was a documentary loaded with fiction,” as stated by the Daily News. “The Nassau County DA’s office blasted the 2003 film ‘Capturing the Friedmans’ as misleading, and accused the moviemakers of interfering with the probe they were responsible for reopening. The report said the filmmakers misrepresented comments from an investigator and the judge presiding over the case, and took at face value comments by one victim that he was ‘hypnotized,’ when there’s no evidence of such.”
By claiming his own personal investigation is superior to the district attorney’s investigation, Andrew Jarecki insults the investigators of the Nassau County district attorney’s office, as well as the victims. In fact, the reinvestigation revealed that Andrew Jarecki would not hand over some of the evidence under his control, and refused to hand over the unedited versions of interviews used in the production of his film. Andrew Jarecki has no regard for the emotional damage inflicted upon the victims.