The Outsider Episode 1 Summary
HBO's The outside, a limited series adaptation of Stephen King's novel, follows the investigation into the brutal murder of a boy named Frankie Peterson. In episode 1 of Outsider, police detective Ralph Anderson arrested Professor Terry Maitland in a Little League game.
Det. Ralph Anderson had his officers arrest Terry Maitland during a Little League game that Terry was training. Overwhelming evidence of Terry's guilt convinced prosecutor Bill Samuels and they received a broad search warrant at Maitland's home.
Ralph interviewed the man who found Frankie Peterson's body in the woods and identified a white van. A teacher, Mary Mason, saw Terry in a white van talking to Frankie, whose bicycle chain was broken. She watched him put Frankie's bike on his back and take a ride. A young girl, June, saw Terry emerge from the forest with blood on his face. A former convict who worked at a strip club called The Peach Crease talked to Terry, who had come in to clean and change. Terry ordered a cab even if one was in the parking lot. He had the driver take him to the train station, where he seemed to pose for the security camera.
When Terry's attorney Howie Gold arrived, Terry explained that he was out of town that day. He was at a teacher conference at a hotel in Atlanta. The teachers with whom he corroborated his story. Howie's investigator arrived at the Babcock hotel and retrieved footage of the conference's public access coverage, showing Terry asking a question on a panel at the same time as the murder. Howie showed Ralph and Bill the pictures.
Knowing that the prosecutor wanted forensic evidence, Ralph beat Howie's investigator at the hotel's gift shop. The owner of the store remembered Terry as he considered buying an expensive book there that was rarely seen. Ralph bought the book and dusted it off. Comparing them with crime scene impressions and Terry's impressions at the time of booking, they all matched.
Despite the evidence and the withdrawal of the charges, Terry was still in the system. Other prisoners with him knew that he was accused of murdering a child. One threatened to kill him after his accusation.
Ralph and his wife, Jeannie, visited the tomb of their son, Derek. He had died of cancer and was on Terry's team in the children's league when he was alive.
Joy Peterson, Frankie's mother, had a breakdown. She carried a baseball bat to the dining table. As her son Ollie and her husband Fred tried to calm her down, she had a fatal heart attack.
Terry's wife, Marcy, found her daughter, Jessa, looking into an empty room in the middle of the night. When Marcy touched her, she seemed to have woken up. Jessa shouted at a man, only she could see who she claimed she should do bad things.
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