Supported by

The Atlantic Selects

15 Years Later, Few Answers in a Tragic Fratricide Case

Nov 04, 2015 | 831 videos
Video by Joe Lee, Nikolas Diener, Greg Timmons

On October 2, 1998, 15-year-old Zachary Witman called 911 to report finding his brother, 13-year-old Gregory, in the laundry room. Gregory was found stabbed more than 100 times, 65 times in the neck. The Witmans hired the attorney Cristina Gutierrez (the same defense lawyer for Adnan Syed, whose story was the focus of Serial). Five years later, after many appeals and botched trials, the state ruled that Zachary was guilty of killing his brother and sentenced him to life without parole. This short documentary by Diemo Productions follows Ron and Sue Witman, fifteen years after their lives were turned upside down. They still maintain that Zachary had no motive, that he couldn't possibly have killed his brother, and that he is completely innocent.

Diemo Productions is currently working on a long-form docuseries about the Witman family—you can find out more on this website. They are also producing a feature documentary about a burial ritual done in a remote region of the Philippines.

We want to hear what you think about this article. Submit a letter to the editor or write to

Author: Nadine Ajaka

About This Series

A showcase of cinematic short documentary films, curated by The Atlantic.