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Is Ice Cold: Murder, Coffee and Jessica Wongso Based on a True Story

“Ice Cold: Murder, Coffee, and Jessica Wongso,” a brand-new tell-all true crime documentary on Netflix, attempts to retell the tale of one of Indonesia’s most well-known and contentious murder cases. For those who are unfamiliar with the case, let us recap the events of January 6, 2016, when Wayan Mirna Salihin, a 27-year-old socialite from Indonesia, started having convulsions after consuming a Vietnamese iced coffee at the Olivier Cafe, an exclusive cafe located inside the affluent Grand Indonesia shopping mall in Jakarta. Following an emergency room visit, Salihin passed away in a few hours.

Is Ice Cold: Murder, Coffee and Jessica Wongso Based on a True Story

The strange murder case that occurred in Indonesia back in 2016 is the subject of the most attention-grabbing true crime documentary. Ice Cold: Coffee and Murder Additionally The sad story of Mirna Salihin, who died in a Jakartan cafe after consuming iced coffee that may have been poisoned with cyanide, is told by Jessica Wongso. She passed away in the ambulance on the way to the hospital. Some parties to the case referred to it as the Indonesian OJ Simpson case. After this tragic event, a four-month trial took place, receiving international interest in addition to national television coverage. The person who allegedly tainted Mirna’s drink was her friend Jessica Wongso. Wongso, an Australian who was traveling to Indonesia at the time, was found guilty of the offense and given a 20-year prison term.

The Whole Story of Mirna Salihin and Jessica Wongso 

The documentary shows us a number of hazy CCTV clips as well as an exaggerated account of the two friends’ conversations. On January 6, 2016, Jessica and Mirna had arranged to meet up at the Olivier café in Jakarta. They selected this specific cafe because it offered Mirna’s favorite drink, Vietnamese iced coffee. Jessica came early on the morning of the event and got Mirna a coffee. Jessica attempted to avoid the CCTVs and acted suspiciously in the moments leading up to her friend’s arrival. When Mirna did show there, she began to convulse after taking a large swallow of her drink. The staff raced to her rescue and attempted to make arrangements for paramedics to treat her while Jessica remained still.

Because there was insufficient oxygen in Mirna’s blood throughout the commute, she was unable to reach the hospital and died. The nature of the coffee she had drunk raised suspicions right away, and questions were raised about the cafe. The CCTV footage that they gave us was quite clear in showing the coffee being brewed and then served without any shadiness. Jessica purposefully covered the coffee with her shopping bags and only then did it get set on the table.

Was there really Cyanide in Salihin’s Coffee?

A staff member at the café informed the Netflix filmmakers that Salihin had fainted and that, although the coffee tasted “very nasty,” he did not experience any negative aftereffects. While Wongso’s attorney was opening and sniffing the cyanide-laced coffee bottle during the live trial, he told the Netflix cameras that the container contained no cyanide.

Also included in the documentary were Salihin’s post-mortem examinations. Salihin had blackened lips and rusted intestines, all of which were signs of cyanide poisoning, according to a National Police Hospital staff member who testified.

During the proceedings, forensic pathologists maintained that there was insufficient evidence to support the argument that Salihin’s death was due to cyanide poisoning. The main reason of Salihin’s death still remains an unsolved puzzle. 

Where is Jessica Wongso at present ? 

Those who were a part of the trial said to Netflix’s producers that there wasn’t much hard proof of Wongso’s culpability, and that there wasn’t much CCTV video from the café where Salihin had purchased coffee. Due to the dearth of evidence, witness comments and expert testimony made up a large portion of the trial. A portion of this had to do with Wongso’s mental state and included some rather scary pseudoscience that connected his facial features to his bad mental health. 

Wongso is still incarcerated in Indonesia, having completed seven of her two-decade term to far.

Wongso filed a lawsuit against her conviction following her conviction for the assassination of Salihin, whom she had met when both of them were students at Billy Blue, a design college in Sydney.

She has now tried every avenue after this was turned down by the Supreme Court and the Jakarta High Court.

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