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These 10 True Crime Netflix Docs Are Guaranteed To Give You Full-Body Chills

Reality is always more terrifying than fiction.

10. The Staircase (2004)

Michael Peterson staring out a prison window
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This miniseries follows the Peterson family after the death of the matriarch, Kathleen Peterson. Eyes turn to her husband, Michael, as the curtain is pulled back, revealing all sorts of family secrets in this 13-episode show.

9. Tiger King (2020)

Carol Baskin staring at Joe Exotic with disgust

Full of quirky characters, crime, and mystery, this documentary delves into the seedy underbelly of the exotic animal world and the sordid people who pull all the strings.

8. Evil Genius: The True Story of America's Most Diabolical Bank Heist (2018)

Marjorie Diehl-Armstrong in her prison uniform

This four-part docu-series tells the story of an infamous bank heist that took place on August 28, 2003, and the subsequent fall out. Fun fact: this deadly crime also inspired the 2011 Jess Eisenberg film, 30 Minutes or Less.

7. Crime Scene: The Vanishing at the Cecil Hotel

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The mystery surrounding Los Angles' Cecil Hotel grows deeper when an unexplained elevator video of missing college student, Elisa Lam, surfaces and goes viral across the internet. Full of drugs, murder, and prostitution, will the Cecil's dark past provide clues as to what happened to the missing girl?

6. Team Foxcatcher (2016)

John du Pont coaching Dave Schultz in a wrestling match

Star wrestling brothers, Mark and Dave Schultz, joined team Foxcatcher to train for the Olympics. Looming over the team is heir to his family fortune, John du Pont. This film recounts the tragic events that cost Dave Schultz his life.

5. Confessions With a Killer: The Ted Bundy Tapes (2019)

Ted Bundy on trial for multiple murders and yet he's eerily smiling

This docu-series takes a new look at the events surrounding the crimes of infamous serial killer, Ted Bundy. 30 years after his execution, never-before-released tapes are pieced together to reveal the thoughts behind the notorious killer.

4. American Murder: The Family Next Door (2020)

Christopher Lee Watts with his now-deceased family and then him in a courtroom on trial
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American Murder recounts the horrific events of August 13, 2018, through a mixture of interviews and chilling police footage. As officials search for Christopher Lee Watts' missing wife and children – Shannan and Bella and Celeste – the case quickly turns from "missing persons" to a "multiple homicide investigation."

3. Making a Murderer (2015 – 2018)

Steven Avery being led away from his home in handcuffs by police

This 2018 smash hit docu-series focuses on the life of Steven Avery who was exonerated after 20 years of being in prison for a crime he didn't commit. But only a few years after being released, Avery is again accused of murder. However, not all the evidence stacks up.

2. Don't F**k with Cats: Hunting an Internet Killer (2019)


A 2012 Facebook video of a man torturing and killing cats gets the attention of a group of amateur internet investigators that seeks to help track him down. As the group gets closer to solving the case, the killer leaves behind more clues as his crime spree continues.

1. And lastly, The Keepers (2017)

Catherine Cesnik before her murder smiling in plain civilian clothes and then in a nun habit

The unsolved 1969 murder of nun, Catherine Cesnik, that shook the city of Baltimore has not been forgotten. As evidence in the case surfaces, the dark side of the Maryland Catholic church is brought to light.