The best true crime documentaries and movies to watch on Netflix – Doha News
Can’t find anything to watch on TV? These Netflix movies and shows will have you thinking you can solve a crime.
Admit it. We’ve all fallen down the rabbit hole watching true crime videos on YouTube. What may have started with innocent curiosity has likely led to sleepless nights trying to decipher unsolved crimes and cold cases you’ve heard about online.
If you’re wondering whether or not you should be worried about this new, and possibly weird, obsession, worry no more. There are reasons everyday people might be drawn to true crime stories.
Forensic psychologists have explained the reasons for the popularity of the genre. Evil fascinates us and we crave to understand why people commit heinous acts.
Some psychologists even believe that gender fixations can even help us feel prepared if we find ourselves in dangerous situations. It could also simply be because we can’t take our eyes off the horror.
Whatever your excuse, here are the 10 best true crime documentaries and movies on Netflix to satisfy your cravings.
Trigger Warning: These series and movies may include depictions of violence, death, and sexual abuse.
Conversations with a Killer: The Ted Bundy Tapes
Start strong with this four-episode miniseries that made Ted Bundy a household name in the world of true crime.
Bundy was one of America’s most prolific serial killers. He was convicted of killing more than 30 women, before finally getting caught in 1978.
While he was executed in 1989, the fascination with Bundy lives on 32 years after his death.
The docuseries, Conversations with a Killer: The Ted Bundy Tapes, invites viewers into the mind of the criminal known as “America’s Jack Ripper.” It comprises archival footage and audio recordings of Bundy that were made while he was on death row.
Amanda Knox’s story may be the ultimate “wrong place, wrong time” story.
This 2016 Netflix documentary follows the story of Amanda Knox, who was an American exchange student studying in an Italian town. In 2007, Knox’s roommate, an exchange student named Meredith Kercher, was found dead on her bedroom floor.
Knox was therefore charged with murder. The documentary includes a series of interviews with Knox following the ordeals that changed his life.
Sons of Sam: A Descent into Darkness
The infamous 1970s hunt for David Richard Berkowitz, the “Son of Sam” killer, took the world by storm. It was the largest police manhunt in New York history, and the Berkowit’z shooting, which claimed the lives of 6 people, left New Yorkers in a state of terror.
This four-part Netflix docuseries explores what may be hidden in the case of Son of Sam, the infamous serial killer who claims to have received orders from a 6,000-year-old demon residing in his neighbor’s dog.
It follows the work of the late Ultimate Evil journalist and author Maury Terry, and his quest to find evidence that Berkowitz did not act alone.
Terry had spent decades trying to prove that the serial killer’s murders went deeper than public knowledge, and his pursuit of that truth would end up costing him everything.
Don’t f**k with the cats: Hunt an internet killer
This gripping documentary series details the gruesome nature of a series of widely publicized crimes that, with the help of everyday people and the internet, have finally been solved.
Don’t F**k With Cats: Hunting an Internet Killer features a group of amateur online investigators who come across a disturbing video.
Little did they know that this video would be just the start of a massive online investigation into a criminal whose activities were beyond imagination.
Removed in plain sight
If you’re looking to develop serious trust issues, look no further. Moving away from the murder genre, Netflix’s chilling documentary film “Abducted in Plain Sight” teaches us that we can never fully trust those around us, even our loved ones.
The film tells the story of the abductions of Jan Broberg Felt, a teenage girl from Idaho who was abducted by her neighbor and close family friend Robert Berchtold in the 1970s on two separate occasions.
The heartbreaking documentary features a series of interviews with the Felt family, including stories from Jan herself. Viewer discretion is advised as this film features themes of pedophilia, Stockholm Syndrome and grooming.
tell me who i am
This documentary film is the story of a true story. In 1982, a man named Alex Lewis woke up from a three-month coma after a motorcycle accident and couldn’t remember anything about his life.
His identical twin brother, Marcus, is then given the task of painting a perfect and happy life for Alex, as he shares many memories of his brother. Alex trusts his brother to tell him everything about his life that he no longer remembers.
In “Tell Me Who I Am”, it is revealed that a deep, dark secret about their childhood lies in the perfect world Marcus created for his brother.
The disappearance of Madeleine McCann
Growing up in the early 2000s, you most likely heard or read about Madeleine McCann.
In 2007, while on vacation with her family, four-year-old McCann disappeared from her bed in a vacation apartment in Portugal. The McCann case has been called the most reported missing persons case in modern history.
14 years later, her family still hopes their daughter is there and alive. The Netflix limited series takes a closer look at one of the world’s most famous disappearance cases.
It’s a Heist: World’s Biggest Art Heist
Here is a documentary series that will make you wonder how the criminals could pull this off.
In the early morning of March 18, 1990, thirteen valuable works of art were stolen from the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum in Boston.
The attackers disguised themselves as police officers and gained access to the museum under the pretext of answering a call. They tied up the museum guards and stole the artwork.
‘It’s a Robbery’ delves deeper into the unsolved crime that has still seen no arrests, no signs of the missing artwork and a $10 million reward from the museum for information – the biggest bonus never offered by a private institution.
Wild, wild country
This one is for those with a deep fascination with cults. Wild, Wild Country is ready to take you on a wild and wild ride.
Centered on an outspoken Indian guru who built a civilization with his own police, airport, and economy in a barren United States desert, Wild Wild Country is a Netflix docuseries that explores the Baghwan Shree Rajneesh, also known as name of Osho, and its rise as an infamous cult. leader of the Rajneesh movement.
As hundreds of thousands of fascinated followers flock to the Oregon desert to be closer to their leader, conflicts with local ranchers escalate and the movement results in the first instance of a bioterrorist attack in the history of the United States, as well as large-scale illegal wiretapping. operations.
Crime Scene: The Disappearance at Hotel Cecil
The Cecil Hotel is a cult landmark in the world of true crime that was made infamous by the mysterious death of 21-year-old Elisa Lam in 2013.
This hotel is rife with mystery, with at least 16 unexplained and disturbing deaths within the walls of the hotel, even being the home of infamous serial killer Richard Ramirez.
The Hotel Cecil has been described as “hell on earth”, many believe that ghosts haunt the corridors of the establishment.
Learn more about this mysterious hotel’s past in this four-part Netflix miniseries.
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