GIRL in the Picture is an upcoming documentary on Netflix which is set to have you on the edge of your seats.
Find out here if it is based on a true story.
Is Netflix’s Girl in the Picture a true story?
Netflix’s Girl in the Picture retells the disturbing true story of Sharon Marshall – a woman found dying on the side of the road.
Her death revealed that she had been living a lie for decades.
This was all because of her abductor-turned-father-turned-husband, Franklin Floyd.
As the mystery unfolds it reveals the woman’s true identity and the person behind it.
The Netflix synopsis says: “The jaw-dropping true crime story of a search to solve a 30-year-old mystery: who was Sharon Marshall, and why was her real identity unknown to everyone – even her?”
What happened to Sharon Marshall?
Sharon Marshall was born Suzanne Marie Sevakis on September 09 1969.
She was just five years old when she was kidnapped by her stepfather, Franklin Floyd in 1975.
Franklin was briefly married to her mother Sandi Chipman.
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While her mother was serving a 30-day sentence, Franklin disappeared taking all four of her children with him.
They were Suzanne Marie Sevakis, later to be renamed Sharon Marshall, and her two sisters and infant brother Phillip Brandenburg (also known as Stevie).
When Sandi finished her sentence, she found out that two of her daughters were in foster care, but her daughter Sharon and son were gone.
Although she tried to file charges against Franklin for kidnapping, the police claimed he had the right to take them under his care.
Franklin then raised Suzanne and changed her name to Sharon Marshall.
The pair continued to relocate throughout the years and at some point, Franklin married Sharon, the woman he had bought up as his daughter.
Sharon welcomed a son named Michael soon after their wedding, but he was not Franklin’s.
Then in April 1990, she was found dead in a suspicious hit-and-run when she was just 20 years old.
It wasn’t till 2014 that it was revealed who her true identity was and the person at the centre of it all.
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Is Netflix’s Girl in the Picture based on a book?
Netflix’s Girl in the Picture is inspired by two books which are written by award-winning investigative journalist Matt Birkbeck.
The 2004 book A Beautiful Child tells the story of a woman known as Sharon Marshall and her “father” Franklin Delano Floyd.
The sequel Finding Sharon in 2018 is a memoir of his 10-year effort to find Sharon’s true identity.
Who is in the cast of Netflix’s Girl in the Picture?
The cast includes journalist Matt Birkbeck and the investigation officers who were in charge of the case.
The trailer shows how the officer had just one picture of a man and his daughter which led to a web of relations.
As the trailer concludes, Matt poses the documentary’s biggest questions: “What happened? And who the hell is she?”
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The mystery of Sharon Marshall is more than just a question of how she died.
It’s about who this girl was and what happened to her in her life before she died.