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Real Detectives Depicted in Netflix's "Unbelievable"

Stacy Galbraith worked as a detective in Golden during the serial rape investigation, and one year after the rapist’s Colorado convictions, she was honored “Officer of the Year,” according to the City of Golden. She was honored for helping crack that case as well as for being “the lead detective on a bank robbery and a domestic murder case with suspects arrested in both,” according to the City.

Now, she’s an agent with the Colorado Bureau of Investigation and has even worked on the high-profile case of Colorado dad Chris Watts, who murdered his entire family last year. She conducted many interviews with witnesses in that case and gathered evidence, according to Colorado Bureau of Investigation documents obtained by

Edna Hendershot was a detective at Westminster’s police department at the time of the serial rapist investigation depicted in Netflix's "Unbelieveable". At this point in her career, she had already worked more than 100 rape cases, according to the book, "A False Report: A True Story of Rape in America."

Even after the serial rapist depicted in “Unbelievable,” was closed, she stayed in touch the victims, according to a CBS “48 Hours” special from 2017.


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