Was Justice Denied?

Network Premier: June 20, 2000
Was Justice Denied?


Turner Network Television (TNT) explores potential cases of wrongful imprisonment in “Was Justice Denied?” Premiering 6/20/00, at 8:00 p.m. (ET/PT).

This non-fiction special centers around an investigative team recruited from within the criminal justice system, including a seasoned judge, a skeptical prosecutor and an adversarial defense attorney, to explore two murder cases to consider whether our justice system prevailed or failed to protect the innocent.

The first case has the two attorneys investigating the 1996 conviction of Dale Helmig for the murder of his 55-year-old mother, Norma, who was found floating in the Osage River in Linn, Mo. Case two has the two investigators examining the facts surrounding the 1992 conviction of Beverly Monroe for the death of her wealthy, long-time lover, 60-year-old art collector Roger de la Burde, in Powhatan, VA.

The attorneys travel to the locations of the crimes to conduct intense investigations that include witness accounts, examination of evidence, forensic reports, alternate suspects, theories, and emotional, face-to-face questioning of Monroe and Helmig behind bars.

Dove Review

Is there anything more frightening than the thought of false imprisonment? This informative reality show examines both the complexity and precariousness of the judicial system. Although the concepts and photos of the two murdered victims may be inappropriate for little ones, the show is both entertaining and educational for teens and adults.

Content Description

Sex: None
Language: None
Violence: Theme of show revolves around murders; photos of a dead body floating in a river and a dead body on a couch.
Drugs: None
Nudity: None
Other: None


Company: Turner Network Television
Director: Paul Jay
Producer: Paul Jay
Genre: Documentary
Runtime: 90 min.
Industry Rating: Not Rated
Starring: Judge Burton Roberts, former Chicago state's attorney Charles Stone, and defense attorney Jeralyn Merritt.
Reviewer: Phil Boatwright