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18 Creepy And Fascinating True Crime Documentaries You Can Watch On Netflix Right Now

Prepare to be fascinated.

We recently asked members of the BuzzFeed Community what they consider to be the best true crime documentary on Netflix. Here are some of the best responses.

1. Wild Wild Country


Summary: The film follows the story of a controversial cult leader building a utopian community in the Oregon desert, which descended into a national scandal.

Watch on: Netflix worldwide

It made me change my mind a million times about who was in the wrong! It kept me at the edge of my seat thinking about the next move.


2. Aileen Wuornos: The Selling of a Serial Killer


Summary: The documentary explores the troubled life of Aileen Wuornos, who was dubbed the world’s first female serial killer and ended up on death row.

Watch on: Netflix US, UK, Australia, Canada and more

You go through Aileen’s horrific childhood and how this trauma manifested into her violent behaviour. The ending is truly shocking.

— Valarie Aparicio, Facebook

3. Time: The Kalief Browder Story.


Summary: The documentary examines the case of Kalief Browder, a teenager from the Bronx who spent three years in jail despite not being convicted of a crime.

Watch on: Netflix worldwide

Truly eye-opening. It really gives you a good idea of the mistreatment of people in American prisons, and sheds light on how truly twisted the Justice system is.


4. The Confession Tapes


Summary: This documentary series investigates six cases in which people convicted of murder claim their confessions were either false, coerced or given involuntarily.

Watch on: Netflix worldwide

The first one was so crazy because I'm still, like, 75% convinced that the convicted are guilty, but also convinced that they did not receive a fair trial. Mostly the episodes prove that the police are not investigating all leads thoroughly.


5. Shadow of Truth


Summary: This follows the 2006 murder case of Tair Rada, a 13-year-old girl from Israel who was found dead in a school bathroom, and the subsequent arrest and trial of a Ukranian immigrant who worked at the school.

Watch on: Netflix worldwide

Shadow of Truth was a really horrific story that everyone needs to see. If you think the American Justice system is messed up, just wait till you see the injustice in this miniseries.


6. The Witness


Summary: Bill Genovese attempts to search for the truth after his sister’s name became synonymous with "bystander apathy" in 1964, after 38 separate witnesses heard her being murdered – but did nothing to help.

Watch on: Netflix worldwide


7. Into the Abyss


Summary: The film profiles Michael Perry — a man on death row for committing three murders — in the days before his execution. It also features interviews with the victims’ families and law enforcement officials.

Watch on: Netflix US and Canada

I don't even have words because it's truly an eye-opener.

— Christina Oey, Facebook

8. The Fear of 13


Summary: The film tells the twisting tale of Nick Yarris, a man who has spent over 20 years on death row for a murder he didn’t commit.

Watch on: Netflix US

It's beautifully made and an incredible story.


9. Casting JonBenet


Summary: This documentary follows local actors from JonBenet Ramsey's hometown, who offer their perspectives and speculation on her 1996 murder as they audition to play roles in a dramatisation of the case.

Watch on: Netflix worldwide

It's such an interesting way to film a documentary. The case itself is so strange and confusing and there are so many layers to it, that even 20 years later, people still have so many questions and speculations about what happened.


10. Drug Lords


Summary: The documentary series follows the real life stories of drug cartels. With input from a range of men and women directly involved with each case, the episodes explore the most notorious kingpins in history, their enforcers and the people vowing to bring them down.

Watch on: Netflix worldwide

It's very interesting because you get episodes following infamous drug lords like El Chapo, and others about drug lords you never knew existed.


11. Tower


Summary: Through archival footage, animation, and interviews, this documentary follows the 1966 mass shootings at the University of Texas’ clock tower which left 16 people dead.

Watch on: Netflix worldwide

It’s a university school shooting told through the real life survivors sharing their personal stories of what went on. The filmmaker’s use of animation really makes the audience feel as if they were there too — such a powerful and incredible documentary.


12. The Keepers


Summary: The docuseries follows the unsolved murder of Sister Cathy and her former students’ belief that it was in some way linked to a priest suspected of sexual abuse.

Watch on: Netflix worldwide

It explores the possibility of a vast criminal conspiracy regarding molestation and murder by the Baltimore Archdiocese and the Catholic church while also showing the steps for justice taken by victims who not only survived but thrived and are helping others. By the end you will feel frustrated, but also hopeful.


13. Tabloid


Summary: The documentary tells the story of Joyce McKinney, who was accused of kidnapping and raping Kirk Anderson — an American mormon missionary — in 1977. The incident became a huge story in the UK, sparking a circulation battle between two tabloid newspapers, the Daily Mirror and the Daily Express. The film is narrated by McKinney herself, and also features interviews with other character and experts involved in the case.

Watch on: Netflix US

Girl meets boy. Girl and boy fall in love. Boy is Mormon, girl is not. Boy is sent on his mission to London and doesn't tell girl. Aaaaand girl hires private investigator to find him, goes to London, kidnaps him outside where he's staying, holds him hostage in a house she's rented and plays house with him, and then after he escapes, there's a trial and all kinds of weird stuff. It may not be a forensic-filled, gritty investigative documentary but hot damn.


14. Amanda Knox


Summary: The film follows the story of Amanda Knox who was arrested and convicted of murdering her roommate in 2007. She served four years in prison and was later definitively acquitted by the Italian Supreme Court – but many people maintain that she is guilty.

Watch on: Netflix worldwide

Hearing and seeing the story of the murder of her college friend from Amanda's perspective adds a whole new meaning to the question of: "Did she really do it?"


15. Captive for 18 years: The Jaycee Lee Duggard Story.


Summary: This follows the story of Jaycee Lee, who was kidnapped aged 11 and held captive by a convicted sex offender and his wife for 18 years. She eventually got out alive, but her life has never been the same since.

Watch on: Netflix US, UK, Australia, Canada and more

It's an incredibly sad, but incredibly moving documentary.


16. The Seven Five


Summary: The film explores the case of Mike Down, a Brooklyn police officer whose arrest led to one of the biggest police corruption scandals in New York history.

Watch on: Netflix US and UK

Some of the craziest corrupt cop stories you will ever hear, all from one precinct.


17. Who Took Johnny?


Summary: When Johnny Gosch disappeared in 1982, it became a national talking point and even inspired new laws. This documentary follows his mother’s enduring mission to uncover the truth about his disappearance.

Watch on: Netflix US, UK and Canada

It connects this case to other similar ones in the area. It's interesting and I would recommend it to anyone who's looking for a good true crime documentary.


18. Evil Genius


Summary: The film centres on the death of Brian Wells, a pizza-delivery man who robbed a bank with a bomb collar on his neck. The series then explores exactly who participated in the heist and what their motives were.

Watch on: Netflix worldwide

It's incredibly addictive and at the end you're still left with a ton of questions. Everyone I've spoken to about it has a different opinion about what happened — and my own opinion changes back and forth every time I think about it.


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