It seems like some posters are missing one very crucial point. What if the whole family didn't know about the supposed murder? Then it would make a lot more sense. Say, if only the mother and brother did it, then of course the sister wants to go and look at her brother, because she still believe he's alive. Say, the sister really wants to believe it is her brother, so she goes home with the imposter. And the mother plays along because that's the most convenient thing to do to not raise suspicion among her own family. I don't know though, that may be pretty far-fetched, but it may very well be that some family members know and some don't. I'm not saying that is the most plausible scenario though, but you can't leave it out.
Agree on the critique on the FBI agent. She did not seem skilled at her job. She said that the family convinced her so much that she believed it. But seriously, she couldn't form an own opinion before trusting them? The FBI agent seemed pretty sloppy, and what was that about her warning them about the imposter and then letting him go with them? What agent would do that? Seriously!
But it was a very confusing case and situation though, you can't really be completely sure, although I do lean to say that the family is hiding something, but what it is, that is harder to answer.
And it was quite funny that the first thing the PI thought about was that he was a spy. He seemed skilled at facial recognition though. And to answer the question about why more people didn't pick up on his looks, the answer is simple. If the family says it is their son, not many would question it. They wouldn't think it was the right thing to do and they wouldn't think about it twice, if the family say it is their son.
And now to the real thick of it. But I do not believe (no matter how much you grieve or how sad you are) that they thought it was the right boy/man. No way. No friggin way. A mother would know, looking into his eyes. A sister would know. And true, they did not seem like a smart family, but IQ hasn't anything to do with recognizing your son. There were other things they seemed dumb about, but they would have known. And so why did they say it was their broter/son/nephew? Maybe it was to hide the murder, maybe it was because some family members still thought he was alive or maybe it was becuase they wanted to believe he was alive. It's hard to answer.
I didn't think it was that ambiguous. It's clear the PI doesn't find a body, otherwise it would have been mentioned. Weird though that the police haven't picked up on the thing earlier. The neighbours did say there were a lot of fights, he had tattoes, and the brother was a violent addict. The family did have some issues, there is a big chance things might have escalated.
The only issue is that the family brought the boy home, as some have said. If they had murdered him, they would have had no reason to bring him home and bring unwanted attention. So that's why I also think there may have been themother/brother who really knew where he was, and they couldn't really tell the sister that (but I'm not completely sure about that). The sister is harder. Maybe she wanted to believe so badly that she bought it. But then again, she seem to be in on something, considering she "briefed" him when she met him. And the mother going ballistic when they wanted a blood sample. They are hiding something. and most likely they are in one way or another involved in their son's dissappearing/murder. He is not alive though, to a certainty of 99%.
We will probably never know for sure, but the family is in on something. Convenient that the brother died so soon after. It makes it even more creepy. And maybe you shouldn't trust the imposter in any word he says. But he did seem genuinely freaked out by the family though. Compulsive liar is the least word to say about him. He did seem very smart though, but doing despicable things.
Good documentary, where you're not really sure. I'd like if they'd find the body sometime though, so we can really know what has happened. They probably nerver will though, and we'll have to make our own conclusions after watching this documentary.
Very haunting last half hour. The main thing going against the family though is how the hell not anyone (except the brother) questioned the real identity. That, most of all, makes you think they're hiding something.
Good recomendation fom OP.
edit: the bigger the lie, the more they believe would certainly fit in on the people handling teh situation in Spain and some other involved in it.
TL,DR: I'm not completely sure either, but it feels like the family, or at least the mother knows more than we are being told here.
Edited by OllieOwl, 11 May 2013 - 05:23 PM.