Who isn’t intrigued by non-fiction true crime documentaries? NO ONE.
Documentaries, especially those in the true crime category, enable its viewers investigative instincts. With the historical footage, photos, talking heads, police interrogation videos, and the real-life story, these documentaries definitely keeps the audience’s attention with them as though they are a part in solving the crime.
The sudden rise of true crime documentaries, specifically the ‘docuseries’ platform, allow people to look into a crime deeper than the typical two-hour films. Although industry producers have been investigating these type of occurrences for decades, it is only now that the audience get to dissect the happenings like true investigators.
So, for those investigators wanna-be out there, come along with us as we share some of the best true crime documentaries you can binge-watch today!
1. Killer Inside: The Mind of Aaron Hernandez (2020)
Former New England Patriots player, Aaron Hernandez, went from living a picturesque life of success to being investigated and charged for murder of Odin Lloyd. This three-part docuseries features exclusive footage, phone calls, and interviews, which shows how the life of an athlete who seemingly had it all ended in a conviction and death in prison.
2. Abducted in Plain Sight (2019)
Abducted in Plain Sight chronicles the strange abduction of Jan Broberg, an Idaho teenager who was kidnapped by her decades-old neighbor Robert Berchtold in the 1970’s. Here’s the catch, Berchtold had not only abducted Broberg once. He had entangled Jan’s religious parents in a web of confidence, guilt, and complicity that he managed to persuade them to drop the abduction charges and allow him to spend time with their daughter, which let to him abnducting her for the second time.
3. The Confession Killer (2019)
In a snapshot, Henry Lee Lucas confessed to hundreds of crimes. It came to a point that he was linked to the murders of more than 600 people, many of them he admitted he did with friend, Otis Toole. Unsolved cases were rapidly closed across the country by the authorities will to link them to Lucas. But no one took the time to ask if he’s telling the truth.
4. The Disappearance of Madeline McCann (2019)
This eight-part series reveals the happenings in Madeline McCann’s disappearance in May 2007. The young girl went missing from her family’s holiday suite in Portugal and a massive amount of help for her family was forwarded. But as her case progressed without the authorities finding clues and reason for her disappearance, they turn their attention to the parents themselves.
5. Evil Genius (2018)
Evil Genius: The True Story of America’s Most Diabolic Bank Heist is basically a detective novel. In over four episodes, co-directors Trey Borzillieri and Barbara Schroeder try to decide who was responsible for the 2003 death of Brian Wells, a pizza delivery man from Eeri, Pennsylvania, who robbed a PNC bank with a bomb collar wrapped around his neck. The series shows much on investigating exactly who took part in setting up the bank, specifically Marjorie Diehl-Armstrong.
6. I Am A Killer (2018)
With never-before seen videos and unparalleled access to jails across the United States, I Am A Killer provides insight into the tales of death row inmates. Every episode features a different prisoner convicted of capital murder and sentenced to death.
7. The Innocent Man (2018)
Based on John Grisham’s book ‘The Innocent Man’, this documentary shows the national spotlight of a small-town murder case. First, two locals have been accused of the murder of Debra Sue Carter. Then their guilt was challenged, prompting the authorities to clear up all charges against them. The Innocent Man is a fierce plaint of law enforcement and the State’s inability to correct the alleged wrong.
8. The Keepers (2017)
Someone murdered a nun named Sister Catherine Cesnik in Baltimore on November 1969. This docuseries reveals not just the story of Cesnik’s impact but the corruption within the Catholic Church which includes the possibility that she was killed to cover up the sexual harassment of a priest in scholl, and the local justice system.
9. Making A Murderer (2015)
Making A Murderer is a 10-part series of the trial of Steven Avery, a Wisconsin man who was released from jail after 18 years of DNA evidence clearing him of a crime he didn’t do, only to return to trial for another two years later. Avery found himself behind bars again, this time convicted for the murder of 25-year old photographer Teresa Halback who was last seen on Avery’s house where she was going to take pictures of a car.
10. The Central Park Five (2012)
The Central Park Five focuses on the violent 1989 attack on Trisha Meili inside New York’s common grassy plot. Five Black and Latino adolescents from Harlem were convicted of the crime following hours of questioning that led to confession. After six to 13 years in jail, a serial rapist admitted to the crime.
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