John-Allan Namu's The Last Door, a true-crime documentary series, is now airing on Showmax.
Narrated by Namu himself, who’s also the series’ creator and executive producer, The Last Door seeks to reveal hidden and unacknowledged truths about infamous crimes perpetrated in Kenya.
“Every story in the series is important to me, because (I hope) it will get the audience asking questions about deaths that they have felt are/were unresolved, and give the public answers to the questions they have about the crimes that we feature,” Namu stated.
At the heart of it all, Namu also hopes that ultimately, the series will give closure to those left behind or those affected by the deaths of victims featured.
“The research really depends on the story we are following. Some are more complex and require a few weeks of research, seeking permission to film and actually filming while others are more straightforward. There are some stories that were filmed in bits over time.”
The Last Door kicks off with The Death of an Heiress, an episode that sees Namu travel to the coastal town of Lamu to meet Omar Lali, the man at the centre of the mysterious death of Keroche heiress Tecra Muigai.
This episode also features emotional accounts from Tecra’s sister Anerlisa Muigai and her mother Tabitha Karanja, Nakuru Senator and CEO of Keroche Breweries.
From the River Yala murders to the death of the Kianjokoma brothers, every episode of The Last Door has a special place in Namu’s heart, but the story that he feels best represents victims is that of Naneu Muthoni’s murder, which occurred when they had kicked off production for the series.
“Naneu Muthoni was killed when we’d already begun filming the show, and before long we were filming her story with her family. Their openness in the wake of such tragedy was very humbling,” Namu stated.