Top 10 Crime Documentaries

TOP 10 CRIME DOCUMENTARIES

Warning: many of these documentaries are graphic and disturbing – please watch at your own discretion.

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Source: E! Online

Truth and Lies: The Menendez Brothers

Lyle and Erik Menendez. The infamous brothers who murdered their parents in their $5 million mansion in Beverly Hills in 1989. I have so many feelings about this case. Jose Menendez (the boys’ father) essentially raised these boys to be psychopaths. The boys attributed the murders to a lifetime of abuse by the parents. FOR EXAMPLE, their father decapitated the family dog and put the head in the refrigerator for the boys to find. But others believe their motive was based on financial gain – they went on a huge shopping spree following the murders. Obviously murdering them isn’t the way to go, but it is definitely an interesting case. Oh, and Lyle is SEXY.

Where to watch: Hulu

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Source: YouTube

The Jinx

Robert Durst, the oldest son of American real estate mogul Seymour Durst, has a very suspicious past. The disappearance of his wife Kathie in 1982 is still unsolved; his best friend was brutally murdered in 2000; his neighbor was killed and dismembered in 2001. Andrew Jarecki created a captivating miniseries that uses footage from the news, police, security, and personal interviews, to show the bizarre life of Robert Durst. Jarecki points out so many interesting contradictions in Durst’s stories – and you HAVE to see the scene when Jarecki points them out to Durst. What makes this docuseries even more interesting is that Durst was arrested and charged with first-degree murder THE DAY BEFORE THE FINALE AIRED. You’ll have to watch it to find out why!

Where to watch: HBO

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Source: CBS

The Case Of: JonBenét Ramsey

There are a LOT of JonBenét Ramsey documentaries out there (rightfully so, the case is fascinating). I have seen several of them and my favorite by far is the CBS docu-series. I personally think that Burke killed her, and that is what this documentary shows evidence towards. There are other documentaries that align with the intruder theory or the Patsy theory. This docu-series joins the former investigators with new experts as they go through all aspects of the case to form the most logical explanation. Burke Ramsey sued CBS after it aired – read more about his defamation case here.

Where to watch: CBS

There’s Something Wrong With Aunt Diane

I am fascinated by this case. You may remember the story – in the summer of 2009, a suburban mother drove the wrong day down the Taconic Parkway (for nearly 2 miles) in New York, crashing into an SUV. She killed herself and seven others, including her daughter and three nieces, on her drive home from a weekend at a campground. The toxicology report showed that her BAC was 0.19 (with 6 grams of alcohol in her stomach that had not been absorbed into her blood yet) and that she had high levels of THC in her system. However, she was a model mother and her family does not believe that she would ever drink and drive, especially with the children in the car. The McDonald’s employees who saw her and the children right before the crash, deny seeing any signs of intoxication in Diane. She also stopped for Advil at a gas station and the employees there are certain that she had not been drinking. Her oldest niece called her father before the crash, saying, “There’s something wrong with Aunt Diane.”




Where to watch: HBO

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Source: Brettmccracken.com

Dear Zachary

GET YOUR TISSUES. This one WILL make you cry. And it will make you mad. You will feel all the feels. There are so many twists and turns in this documentary that was created for Zachary, whose father, Andrew, was murdered (by his mother) before he was born. His father’s best friend traveled across the world to interview everyone who knew Andrew. It’s one of the most well put together documentaries I’ve ever seen.

Where to watch: Netflix

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Source: Netflix

Audrie & Daisy

This one is a little different than the other documentaries – it’s not exactly murder but it’s definitely a crime. Audrie and Daisy takes a look at the effects that online bullying has on teenagers today. Be sure to have a box of tissues handy.

Where to watch: Netflix

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Source: Netflix

Cropsey

This documentary explores the urban legend of Staten Island: Cropsey. Supposedly, Cropsey was an escaped mental patient who lived in the abandoned Willowbrook Mental Institution. He’d come out at night and grab children from the streets. As kids got older, they thought this was just a story to keep them away from the abandoned institution. But then a 12-year old girl with Down Syndrome disappeared, and then four more kids, and they decided to investigate this Cropsey fella.

Where to watch: HULU

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Source: Netflix

Making a Murderer

If you are into crime documentaries, you have probably seen this one. But if you haven’t, GO WATCH IT NOW! Make sure you have some time because it is a documentary series and once you start, you are not going to be able to stop. It was filmed over a 10-year period and they’re working on a second season. If you don’t know the story, Steven Avery spent 18 years in prison for a crime he did not commit. After being released for just 2 years, he is arrested again on a count of murdering Teresa Halbach. His nephew was charged in the murder as well (his confession under interrogation tapes will make you furious).

Where to watch: Netflix




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Source: Netflix

Fear of 13

Another documentary about a guy who spent time in jail for a crime he did not commit. Nick Yarris spent 21 years on Pennsylvania’s Death Row – luckily he was released in 2004 after DNA proved his innocence. He tells his story in the most captivating way.

Where to watch: Netflix

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Source: Sundance

Aileen: The Life And Death Of A Serial Killer

Statistically, 9 out of 10 serial killers are men. So I think women serial killers are extra fascinating. Aileen Wuornos may be the most notorious female serial killer, killing seven men in Florida in one year. She had a rough past (sexually abused by her grandfather, never knew her father) and ended up working as a prostitute. Her first victim was a convicted rapist and it is likely that she killed him in self-defense. But the next six murders were definitely not committed in self-defense. She was executed in 2002 by lethal injection in Florida.

Where to watch: Hulu

Comments

    • I’m obsessed with documentaries so I have watched a majority of the docs on Netflix, Hulu, and HBO! I can’t wait to hear what you think 🙂

  1. I love the Discovery ID channel…obsessed with it. I saw Making a Murderer and it was fascinating. Didn’t realize they were doing a second season.

  2. i love myself a crime documentary! I remember when the Jon bonet Ramsay case was on tv I couldn’t turn it off!

  3. Love these type of documentaries. The makers of Cropsey also have another documentary on the truth behind urban legends that is awesome. I know it’s available on YouTube and might be on Netflix. Great list! Thank you!

  4. I started Making a Murder, but never finished it. It was good though. I think I would like all of these. I love the Id channel, when I did have cable. haha. All I have is Netflix now, which you can find them on there too.

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