You Belong to Me: Sex, Race and Murder in the South

6.61 h 28 min2015X-Ray16+
In 1952 Ruby McCollum, a black woman, killed her white doctor in Live Oak, Fla after years of sexual abuse. The remarkable secrets and terrible truths revealed during her trial and incarceration haunted jurors and prosecutors for decades.
John Cork
Tracey LongsHenry Curtis AueDr. Tammy Evans
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Sam McCollum Jr.
Hilary SaltzmanJude HaginKitty Potapow
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Amazon CustomerReviewed in the United States on June 12, 2020
3.0 out of 5 stars
White woman gets the last word
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I found this documentary interesting and raising numerous issues- until the end. Ruby's son is interviewed and by now he is an older man. He is asked questions and gives answers on a topic he knows well and personally. His perspective doesn't seem to match the producer's - and at the end she has the hubris to feel it's her duty to inform him of what she really thinks happened.
But like in a way that is so condescending- the man has lived with this all his life- he's talked with people- Ruby was his mother for God's sake- in the end this struck me as a documentary with white hubris understanding the complex story better than the people who lived it. Ruby may not have been a saint- she may have been an addict like her son suggests- if this is the case it doesn't demean the treatment she received from the law or the socioracial norms of the day-
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John WernerReviewed in the United States on August 15, 2017
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If You Only Knew About This Story From The Series "A Crime To Remember" This Explains It Much More In Depth...Very Interesting.
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You Belong To Me...A title that foretells the producers take on a story you're likely to have never heard of. That is if you live anywhere other than Live Oak in Florida. This was huge in the early fifties and was national news. Since then many things, not the least of which is the sensational crime and the fact it was incendiary in a racial way, made it better left behind. But in that there is also danger in that so many multiple wrongs are swept back along with the reckoning and learning which can actually be part of a better future. This film demands another look and gives the viewer that in another time in which, hopefully, there will be less animosity and more forgiveness. The sad fact is this was not as singular except for the high-profile murder case perhaps. It asks for higher understanding and morals to be embraced which is always what we as a society should strive for. The story itself is rather fascinating save for the dark side that was glossed over until it erupted. I'd say this documentary does a service both to the telling of the story and as a plea for more humane treatment of everyone regardless of any differences. I first was made aware of this story by the excellent crime series entitled "A Crime To Remember". It was a stunning episode, at least to me as I had never heard of it before. This film delves so much deeper and provides much more information with a fair degree of balance. Highly recommended.
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hawthorne woodReviewed in the United States on June 8, 2020
4.0 out of 5 stars
I found this very sad.
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This story touched me deeply. I felt a huge sadness for Ruby and what she had to endure at the hands, basically, of men in power in the deep south. Her experience at the hands of her manipulative doctor and, yes, rapist, was completely misunderstood, twisted and played for a racist culture from which she could never expect any true justice. I also feel for her entire family, including her daughter, who obviously wanted nothing to do with this quite good documentary. And that is her right. I probably would have felt the same, but in fact it did set a lot of crooked things straight, and it was respectful of Ruby and her kin. Felt sorry that many of her family members have passed away. The appear very intelligent and kind-hearted, not unlike the "real" Ruby.
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America is AtlantisReviewed in the United States on April 18, 2019
5.0 out of 5 stars
Shocking new info
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I congratulate the director🎬
for taking on a project such as this
it was very enlightening to hear
new info in the case. I never heard that Mrs.Mcculum was drugged by that hellhound. It would have been better research if the family members had spoke for most of the interviews instead of outsiders. Too bad some family members died mysterious deaths...shockingly suspicious 🤔Overall I enjoyed this, if I could have given 10 stars I would.
12 people found this helpful
PURPLEHAZEReviewed in the United States on January 3, 2019
4.0 out of 5 stars
Captivating Documentary!
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A heartbreaking documentary chronicling a murder case that exemplifies the racism, racial inequalities and the absence of true and equal "justice" for Black Americans in the judicial system that sadly still exists today. I don't generally watch a lot of documentaries. However, I found this story both captivating and dismaying! The defendant's Silence and her Silencing by the trial judge were two of the most disturbing aspects of the case because Ruby's story will never be truly known.
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lawyeraauReviewed in the United States on May 29, 2021
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This documentary is about the murder of a white doctor, Dr. Adams, by a black woman named Ruby McCollum in the small town of Fair Oaks, Florida, back in 1952 during the days of Jim Crow. Dr. Adams was shot to death, and there appears to be no question that Ruby McCollum shot him. The only real question is why?

Was it because he was the father of her apparently biracial child? Was their relationship consensual or was force and acquiescence involved? Was it something altogether different? The doctor was certainly no saint.

The film explores the possibilities but, ultimately, all it does is engage in speculation. It captures a lot of people on film, but all they seem to be doing is saying much ado about nothing. Still, the film does let the viewer know what ultimately happened to Ruby McCollum. Unfortunately, the documentary meanders all over the place, neither here, nor there. This makes for a mediocre documentary.
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J. SapnaReviewed in the United States on January 4, 2021
3.0 out of 5 stars
Comprehensive, albeit frustrating at times
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When one has spent decades truly experiencing, learning about, and working towards the undoing of the harms of sexual violence and racial can be so frustrating to see the lingering effects of the internalization of the basis of these "isms" so rooted within people.
I think that this documentary was really done well and flowed well. The doc music wasn't your typical documentary music that makes you want to just shut the whole thing off...
I always say...I'm not going to watch another doc on these topics bc I've seen so much, and worked so deeply with these realities in my professional life......but then I do. And I never regret bearing witness to the stories of those who were utterly silenced by a racist system and world---but inevitably, the heaviness that settles when you realize that not much has changed in the hearts of many.
All you have to do, just like one of the gentlemen in the documentary said towards the end of the film--is peel back the layer, and walk into the right coffee shop in the right part of town, and you'll find that these feelings still run quite deep. the reality of America. Yet, we continue to hope that we can and will do better.
J. WestReviewed in the United States on August 10, 2021
5.0 out of 5 stars
"Completely Sad Documentary!"
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In my opinion Dr. Adams owned and silenced Ruby McCollum by his white supremacist conspiracy and corruption by the Ku Klux Klan behind closed doors so they can hide their identity. I don't condone what Ruby McCollum has done by murdering Dr. Adams, that was terrible on her part. I believe that her child was Dr. Adams daughter. That's why some black people don't trust any white people that are doctors, cops, teachers and etc. There are some people behind this documentary and explain that it was all about Ruby McCollum's murder. I think it's all about Dr. Adams put everything sweeping in the rug. And keep it secret under there. That's why we need nurses with the doctors these days.. Good documentary. Highly recommend.
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