Maybe you’ve heard the story. In 2004, an episode of Curb Your Enthusiasm helped clear a man of murder charges by featuring the alleged killer in a scene shot during a Los Angeles Dodgers baseball game.
Now, in a bizarre kind of infinite content Möbius strip made possible by the proliferation of streaming platforms, there’s a documentary about the whole saga, exclusively streaming on Netflix. Long Shot features Juan Catalan, the man whose innocence was proven, and Curb star Larry David among its interview subjects telling the tale of the fortunate happenstance.
The details of the murder are compelling in their own right, and without the coincidental help of David might have resulted a tragic entry on the long list of people executed for crimes they didn't commit. Catalan did have a motive for the execution-style killing of 16-year-old Martha Puebla, as she was a witness in his brother’s trial for murder. There was also a bystander who identified Catalan as the killer.