About the Show
"The McMartin Family Trials" turns the lens to 1983, when the small South Bay community of Manhattan Beach was rocked to its core when a child from a prestigious school, the McMartin Preschool, accused a teacher of molestation. What started out as one allegation soon became a media frenzy, with no shortage of children coming forward claiming to corroborate the story and add to the accusations. This led to seven teachers getting charged and two of them standing trial for heinous crimes, culminating in a seven-year trial that cost taxpayers $15 million (the most expensive trial in history) and yielded zero convictions. The claims were unsupported, many people believed the children’s testimonies were coerced and the lives of the families involved were shattered.