The 10 Best True Crime Documentaries on Netflix Right Now
People are obsessed with seeing true crime stories on television. Maybe it’s because the stories are real. Maybe it’s our morbid fascination with violent crimes. No matter the reason, true crime has been popular long before Netflix was even invented. But now they’ve proven how expert they are at taking those stories and bringing them to life.
With so many true crime documentary options on Netflix, it’s hard to sift through and figure out what’s worth watching. Here are the top ten options available on Netflix in 2019.
Conversations with a Killer: The Ted Bundy Tapes
Just because you’ve heard of Ted Bundy it doesn’t mean you know his story. For example, most people don’t realize Bundy escaped from prison and was married with a daughter.
Even if you know every sordid detail, this particular documentary offers insight into the legendary serial killer without succumbing to so-called “hero worship.” Don’t worry – the documentary makers realize that Bundy is pure evil. These interviews with friends, neighbors, victims, and with the killer himself prove that beyond doubt.
Making a Murderer
Arguably the most popular true crime documentary on Netflix, Making a Murderer is so popular it could be enough to free an innocent man from prison. In real life.
The series may leave out plenty of incriminating details, but one thing it does brilliantly is call into question everything you thought you knew about the criminal justice system. By the end, you’ll wonder if Steven Avery is a cold-blooded killer or a man who was wrongly accused – twice. No matter which camp you fall into, there’s no denying this is excellent storytelling.
A murdered nun. An abusive priest. This docuseries explores the unsolved murder of Cathy Cesnik, a Catholic high school teacher and nun who disappeared in November 1969. Perhaps the most chilling part of the case is how the killer is still walking free today.
When all goes to plan, bank robberies don’t have to end in murder. But then again, things going to plan isn’t exactly typical. This documentary tells the story of a catastrophic 2003 bank robbery in Erie, Pennsylvania. Marjorie Diehl-Armstrong was convicted and sentenced to life in prison for a pizza delivery man’s death. But is there more to the story? (Of course there is).
The Disappearance of Madeleine McCann
It’s every parent’s worst nightmare: a kidnapped toddler in a seemingly safe resort town while the family is on vacation. The kidnapping of British 3-year-old Madeleine McCann is one of the most highly publicized child abduction cases in the world for that exact reason.
This new docuseries explores the motives, the suspects, and the theories. Will it lead to more answers? Hopefully. Because for right now, most people aren’t convinced little Madeleine McCann is truly gone forever.
She was convicted of murder twice. But she was also acquitted twice. It all boils down to one question: Did Amanda Knox really murder her roommate, Meredith Kercher? She’s telling her story and trying to convince people of her innocence in this fascinating documentary.
Abducted in Plain Sight
In the category of “What the heck did I just watch?” you’ll find Abducted in Plain Sight, a documentary about a little girl who was abducted twice by the same man. But the weirdest thing isn’t that – it’s so much more. This one you’ll just have to watch for yourself.
Wild Wild Country
The only thing people are more fascinated by besides serial killers is cults. This documentary tells the tale of a utopian city in the Oregon desert that led to the first bioterror attack in the United States. The whole story is wilder than you can imagine.
The Confession Tapes
Not all confessions are true. That becomes abundantly clear when you watch this Netflix documentary, which highlights multiple confession tapes that are downright shocking. The amount of leading and coercion that’s exhibited here will make you wonder if any confession is valid.
I Am a Killer
Convicted murderers discussing their crimes, in their own words. It’s chilling, yet fascinating. These death row inmates make it hard to look away as you delve deeply into the messed up minds of killers – and why they did the horrible things they did.