Love them or loathe them, you can’t help but get hooked when you step into a crime documentary binge. From high-profile cases like the OJ Simpson trial to the Amanda Knox court case, there is something truly gripping about solving a mysterious crime. And Netflix and the BBC is helping to deliver the goods with their abundance of true crime documentaries that’ll have you binge watching on the sofa for days.
Lovers of true crime and drama don’t have to wait around to watch this one because The Serpent is already available to stream already.
Released earlier this month, BBC’s The Serpent is a crime drama miniseries following the murders conducted by serial killer Charles Sobhraj. Set during the mid 1970s, it documents the unanswered murders of twelve Western backpackers across Thailand and Nepal.
This crime documentary follows the chilling story of Cathy Cesnik – a beloved teacher and nun at a Catholic high school – who mysteriously disappears after two students confide in her about a sexually abusive Priest at their high school. Cathy’s body is found but her case remains unsolved.
Who killed Sister Cathy?
Netflix loves a weird and wild docuseries but this really takes the cake. Based on the true story of controversial cult leader Bhagwan Shree Rajneesh, this documentary explores cults, utopian cities, terror-scares and escalating conflicts that lead to a national scandal.
The Fear of 13
No, this isn’t a film about America’s weird fear of the number 13 but a film-documentary about death row inmate Nick Yarris. After spending 21 years in a Pennsylvania prison for murder, crucial DNA evidence is found that might be the key to proving Nick’s innocence.
Killer Inside: The Mind of Aaron Hernandez
This epic fall from grace story had Americans glued to their news channels for weeks, so it’s only right that Netflix has gone and made a documentary delving into the details of former NFL/convicted murderer Aaron Hernandez. Netflix’s trailer has us ready to ride an emotional rollercoaster.
Dirty John: The Dirty Truth
For real-crime seekers, Dirty John: The Dirty Truth will be right up your street and the fictionalised Netflix version starring Connie Britton is also a must-see. Whatever one you choose, both provide fascinating insight into con-men, mental coercion and the crime of lying.
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Based on a true story, Unbelievable follows the life of a teen who reports being raped, then recants her story. With a worrying number of copy-cat assaults, two female detectives follow evidence that could reveal the truth. Providing a harrowing insight into the criminal justice system’s proceedings around rape, Unbelievable will have you glued to your TV.
The Confession Killer
Ok, sometimes we all tell a little white lie to get us by but then actually end up believing it. But confessing to over 6oo murders in graphic detail is a little different. When detectives poke further into Henry Lee Lucas’ confessions of hundreds of murders, all is not what it seems.
Don’t F**k With Cats
Yep, this is an actual documentary and while the name sounds more like a strange comedy sketch, there’s nothing laughable about this docu. Combining all of the things that keep us up at night – murderers, social media fiends and cat killers – is a lethal combination…but we can’t stop watching.
Conversations With A Killer: The Ted Bundy Tapes
If you’ve heard about Ted Bundy its likely because you have seen a handsome shot of Zac Efron posing as the killer himself for Extremely Wicked, Shockingly Evil, and Vile. As much as we enjoy drooling over Mr Efron, the chilling and damn right creepy element of a true murder doc is lost. Queue the original Ted Bundy tapes to give us our crime drama fix. With witness testimonies and interviews from some of his victims, plus a few interview snippets from the killer himself, this is a crime junkies dream, or nightmare.
Everyone loves a good guy, especially a novel-writing nerdy guy. Well, in a twist of events the good guy turns bad, or so we think. Like trying to solve the problem of what came first, the chicken or the egg, piecing together this investigation is tricky. Did novelist Michael Peterson really push his wife to her death down their staircase…you’ll have to find out.
I Am A Killer
If you have ever wondered what characteristics make a murderer, then I Am A Killer is here to provide a little more insight. Profiling prisoners convicted of capital murder and sentenced to death, inmates recount the events that led up to their crime, with killers revealing their motivations and how they now view their actions, after spending time on death row.
The scariest thing about this documentary is the incessant and creepy stare that Amanda Knox shoots at the camera – our spines are tingling with fear at the thought. One of Netflix’s latest documentaries focuses on the story of Amanda Knox, the American accused of killing British backpacker Meredith Kurcher in Italy. This whirlwind case changes its mind more than the tide and if you thought it was hard to keep up with the Kardashians then honey, you ain’t seen nothing yet.
The documentary that leaves you with more questions than answers: What happened? Who’s story is true? And can I trust my favourite pizza delivery man? Yep, this documentary revolves around a real-life incident in Pennsylvania of a pizza guy who tries to rob a bank with a ticking bomb strapped around his neck. I swear we haven’t made this up.
Abducted In Plain Sight
Screaming in terror at true-crime documentaries might be a normal occurrence for you but letting out a scream of frustration, maybe not so much. Welcome abducted in plain sight to make everything 10 times more frustrating than we can deal with. When 12-year-old Jan Broberg gets kidnapped by her disturbing neighbour, our crime drama radar has already kicked in. In a bizarre turn of events, she returns home, only to be re-kidnapped by the same man.
Making a Murderer
When this Netflix documentary dropped, it had the whole world talking. And for all the right reasons. Serving 18 years for a murder he didn’t commit, then becoming a prime suspect in another murder, Stephen Avery’s story brings to light the issues of police corruption and injustice.
When They See Us
Based on the true crime story of the Central Park Five, five teens from Harlem become trapped in a nightmare when they’re falsely accused of a brutal attack in New York. A hard-hitting and unique crime documentary that explores racism and the justice system is a definite must watch.
American Crime Story: The People vs. OJ Simpson
You know what they say, if the glove fits. In a landmark case that divided the nation there is no way we could not include this fictionalised OJ Simpson docu-series to our list. The plot has definitely been stretched more than the actual facts of the trial but hey, this is one of the biggest “who done it” cases in history and we can’t get enough.
Following his son’s death in a drug-related shooting, Louisiana pharmacist Dan Schneider embarks on a mission to bring his son’s killer to justice. His pursuit leads to some shocking revelations of the town’s opioid crisis and the extreme corruption behind drug addiction.
Cold Case Files
Knowing the outcome of long-unsolved murders definitely helps us sleep a little better at night. Here to provide us with our investigation fix, Cold Case Files re-examines mystifying murders using modern forensic science, DNA evidence, criminal psychology and new witness evidence.
Women Behind Bars
If you’re a fan of Channel 4’s Women Who Kill then this will be right up your street. Women behind bars is an in-depth examination of some female inmates’ true and shocking crimes.
The Disappearance Of Madeleine McCann
When 3-year-old Madeleine McCann vanishes from her holiday apartment in Praia Da Luz, the world cast a watchful eye over her case. Netflix explores the crazy media attention this case got plus looks at a few famous conspiracies surrounding her disappearance.