I never thought I would be the type of person who could watch true crime documentaries, especially when you consider that as a kid I was scared of the Polar Express and ET. Over the past few years, however, I have well and truly fallen down the true crime rabbit hole and found myself watching countless documentaries and even listening to podcasts.
If you’re looking for some recommendations of true crime documentaries to watch, I’ve put together a list of the most interesting ones that I have seen on Netflix.
Conversations With A Killer: The Ted Bundy Tapes
This is the first series I ever watched in the true crime genre. I had seen people tweeting about it when it was released, and honestly I was just curious if I could watch it without scaring myself half to death. I think what was particularly chilling about this documentary is that you got to hear one of the most prolific serial killers talk about their crimes on tape, not from a third party or news outlet.
American Murder: The Family Next Door
I watched this most recently, and it was fascinating to see the case evolve in real time. The documentary included footage from what I believe was a police body-cam, so you really saw the investigation exactly as it happened.
The Confession Killer
This is the story of Henry Lee Lucas, who claimed to be responsible for over 200 murders. It’s one of the most interesting documentaries that I’ve ever watched, and I highly recommend it to anyone with an interest in true crime.
Abducted In Plain Sight
This documentary really turned my stomach. It’s probably one of the most disturbing things that I have ever watched, and a terrifying story of how people can be manipulated into believing anything. Really, really awful.
The Disappearance Of Madeline McCann
I think that this is probably the most famous, or infamous, case in the UK in the past 20 years. Before watching this, I really didn’t know much about the case other than that a young girl was abducted – but The Disappearance Of Madeline McCann goes into extreme detail of all the main theories. It’s an interesting series, and definitely worth watching if you grew up hearing about it.
One of the most interesting things about The Staircase is that a lot of it was filmed at the time of the investigation. Interestingly, I still don’t have a definite decision on what really happened in this crime, but I’m leaning towards believing the Owl Theory. It’s quite a long series and can be slow at times, but it’s worth watching.
If you have watched any of these, let me know what you thought of them and if you have any other recommendations!