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The Best True Crime Documentaries On Netflix Right Now

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The Best True Crime Documentaries On Netflix Right Now

If you're after another true crime fix then you've come to the right place. Here at Tyla we're just as obsessed as you, so we couldn't help but put together a list of some of the best true crime documentaries we've enjoyed.

Whether it's a quick short documentary film you want or your next big binge-watching series, we've got you covered.

We're always on the look out for new series too, so be sure to check back for regular updates to our list.

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The Sons of Sam

During the 1970s, New York City was plunged into a state of terror when notorious serial killer, David Berkowitz - who went by the name 'the Son of Sam' - set out on a shooting spree and killed six people. He later claimed to be acting on behalf of the Devil.

Netflix Fans Are Scared To Sleep After Watching Sons Of Sam
Netflix Fans Are Scared To Sleep After Watching Sons Of Sam

The Sons of Sam is a four-part true crime documentary which investigates whether or not the notorious murderer really acted alone, and whether any accomplices are still out there now.

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Journalist and 'Ultimate Evil' author, Maury Terry, is convinced he didn't act alone. The Netflix series focuses heavily on his independent investigations into David Berkowitz, who remains incarcerated today.

Abducted In Plain Sight

This hair-raising 2017 documentary tells the story of the Brobergs - an unsuspecting, church-going family from Idaho whose neighbour had designs on their 12-year-old-daughter, Jan Broberg, and abducted her not once, but twice.

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Jan Borgman was abducted twice by her neighbour in the 1970s ' Credit: Netflix
Jan Borgman was abducted twice by her neighbour in the 1970s ' Credit: Netflix

Berchtold used an 'alien kidnapping' grooming narrative on his victims. Jan recalls waking up with her arms and legs tied to a bed and a cassette player telling her she'd been taken by aliens, and that the only way to save her family was to procreate with Robert Berchtold

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get such a charming grip over them. Berchtold's brother, Joe, features in the film.

The documentary landed on Netflix in 2019 and is available to stream here.

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Amanda Knox

American exchange student, Amanda Knox, was studying in Perugia, Italy in 2007, when she and her boyfriend at the time, Raffale Sollecito, were accused of the rape and murder of her roommate, Meredith Kercher.

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Both spent four years in an Italian jail while court proceedings went underway. They were finally acquitted of the murder in 2016. DNA evidence placed Rudy Guede, a friend of theirs from the Ivory Coast, at the scene of the crime, and he was sentenced to 16 years in prison.

Guede's sentence was due to end in 2022, but the Italian Court released him in December 2020 to finish up the rest of his sentence in community service. Speaking to ABC News in December, Knox said "he is the forgotten killer," while she remains in the spotlight despite being innocent.

In this 90-minute Netflix documentary, Amanda Knox and the people closest to her case speak out.

American Murder: The Family Next Door

34-year-old Shannan Watts and her two young daughters were the subjects of international headlines following their strange disappearance in Colorado in August 2018. Christopher Watts, her husband, later admitted to killing his pregnant wife and their two young daughters.

American Murder: The Family Next Door ' Credit: Netflix
American Murder: The Family Next Door ' Credit: Netflix

The 90-minute documentary from Netflix uses raw, firsthand footage of the events surrounding the murder and the tragic aftermath.

Why Did You Kill Me?

Why Did You Kill Me? follows the aftermath of 24-year-old mother of two, Crystal Theobald, who was shot dead during a gang retaliation in California in 2006.

Why Did You Kill Me? is a new true crime documentary coming to Netflix
Why Did You Kill Me? is a new true crime documentary coming to Netflix

Despite not being involved in any organised crime, it later transpired that the gang responsible were retaliating after one of their own vehicles was shot at.Theobald's mother, Belinda Lane, witnessed her daughter being murdered from her car behind.

Since then, Lane promised to bring justice to her daughter and harnessed the power of social media to catch the people responsible.

Making A Murderer

Making A Murderer is arguably the series that started the modern obsession with true crime stories. It tells the story of Steven Avery and nephew, Brendan Dassey, who insist they were wrongly convicted for the murder of photo-journalist Teresa Halbach in 2005.

Steven Avery is the subject of the hit Netflix documentary series 'Making A Murderer'
Steven Avery is the subject of the hit Netflix documentary series 'Making A Murderer'

The series predominantly follows Avery, who has been wrongly convicted before, with the first season covering his original trial and the second featuring his current lawyer, Kathleen Zellner, as they fight for a new trial.

Watch as the mystery unravels and new evidence builds the case for Bobby Dassey, Brendan's brother, to be considered a prime suspect.

Seasons 1 and 2 of Making a Murderer are available on Netflix now and it's hoped that season 3 could be released in 2022.

Murder Among the Mormons

Murder Among the Mormons is the first comprehensive look at one of the most shocking crimes to have ever taken place among the Mormon community, and the criminal mastermind behind it all.

Murder Among The Mormons: People Are Bingeing Netflix's 'Mindblowing' True Crime In One Sitting
Murder Among The Mormons: People Are Bingeing Netflix's 'Mindblowing' True Crime In One Sitting

The true crime documentary follows the murderous events which took place in Salt Lake City in 1985. It starts with a series of pipe bombings that killed two people and severely injured another - rocking the Latter Day Saint (LDS) church community to its core.

The murders sent further shockwaves through the group when a trove of early Mormon letters and diaries were found destroyed in the vehicle of the third victim, Mark Hofmann.

Monster: The Jeffrey Dahmer Story

Monster: The Jeffrey Dahmer Story recalls the case of one of America's most renowned serial killers, Jeffrey Dahmer, a notorious serial killer and sex offender who took the lives of 17 men and boys between 1978 and 1991.

Jeffrey Dahmer. Credit: PA
Jeffrey Dahmer. Credit: PA

The 10-part series - produced by American Horror Story's Ryan Murphy - is based on the true events which saw Dahmer, also known as the Milwaukee Monster, be convicted of 16 murders.

Although diagnosed with borderline personality disorder, schizotypal personality disorder, and a psychotic disorder, he was found legally sane and was convicted of the killings in 1992.

Tiger King

You must have been living under a rock to have not at least heard the words 'Tiger King'. This series takes a look at the story of Joe Exotic, the owner of a big cat private zoo, and Carole Baskin, an animal rights activist who tried to take him down.

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After plotting to kill Baskin, Exotic was sentenced to 22 years in prison in April 2019 for 2 counts of murder for hire and 17 charges of animal abuse.

Crime Scene: The Vanishing At The Cecil Hotel

The Los Angeles Cecil Hotel has been the backdrop to a number of unusual happenings and contemporary crimes. It was the location of a number of suicides between the 1930s-1960s, and was also known as a rendezvous point for people engaged in illicit activity.

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Perhaps its most infamous guest was serial killer Richard Ramirez, the subject of the Netflix documentary Night Slayer, for several weeks during the 1980s. He is even thought to have committed some of his crime spree while staying there.

From director Joe Berlinger, whose previous work includes the creepy yet compelling Conversations with a Killer: The Ted Bundy Tapes, the series takes a look inside the world famous Cecil Hotel and the events surrounding the disappearance of Eliza Lam.

Conversations With A Killer: The Ted Bundy Tapes

Released in 2019, this thrilling four-part documentary series came exactly 30 years to the day after Ted Bundy was executed by electric chair for the 1978 murder of Kimberly Leach.

Zac Efron and Ted Bundy. See the resemblance? Credit: PA
Zac Efron and Ted Bundy. See the resemblance? Credit: PA

The four episodes include never-heard-before interviews with Bundy while he was on death row in Florida. Bundy confessed to murdering over 30 women in the 1970s, and the docu-series reveals details of the killings he was convicted for, though Netflix has warned viewers not to watch the series alone.

Featured Image Credit: Unsplash/Netflix

Topics: True Crime, Documentaries, Netflix

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