Want more than just a news headline? True crime is a popular genre for a reason. These are deep dives into stories that stir curiosity. What drove people to commit such crimes? How’d they get away with it? Or how were they caught? Social media has seen a resurgence of true crime content, but it’s always been consistently popular as one of the most common genres across forms of media including TV, movies, and books.
There’s never a shortage of true crime documentaries to discover. From YouTube to most every streaming platform there’s a collection of new true crime stories to fascinate and apall. Ranging from high-profile cases like the one covered on The Staircase or Making a Murderer, to renowned criminals like Jeffrey Dahmer, Charles Manson, and Ted Bundy, from small-town mysteries like the one covered in the podcast Serial to the unsolved cases explored on Unsolved Mysteries, there is something for everyone. Whatever your morbid curiosity, there’s likely a true-crime documentary out there about it.
Here are some chilling places to start:
And once you’ve finished these, peruse the stories below—you’re sure to find something to capture your interest!
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Take a look back on 2022's darkest truths revealed...
The murky line between murder and self-defense.
Law enforcement was woefully slow to act.
Popularized by The Staircase, is the Alford Plea a true admission of guilt, or something else?
Was it murder or an accident?
In her true crime book, author Aphrodite Jones takes readers to the night of Kathleen Peterson's suspicious staircase death.
By Olivia Mason
The condition at the heart of the Gypsy Rose Blanchard case.
It's a fantastic time to be a true crime fan.
By Jena Brown
Available to stream on Discovery+ on January 14, 2022.
By Jena Brown
Businessman Robert Durst, convicted of killing his best friend and suspected of killing others, died on January 10, 2022.
By DeAnna Janes
With a vast collection of British true crime, mystery, and suspense shows, there's something to satisfy every thrill-seeker on BritBox.
What's more haunting than the unknown?
Keep the lights on while you watch these stories unfold.
By Grace Felder
Horrifying recommendations from an expert on the weird.
The documentary blows a foghorn on the murder that inspired Twin Peaks.
The trailer and premiere date are out for the series chronicling the Wenatchee witch hunt.
By Allie Roos
The upcoming docuseries dives into the string of murders and the investigation that followed.
By Kara Brand
The Netflix original shares the stories of those affected by Richard Ramirez's chilling crimes.
By Kara Brand
Don't miss the year's most riveting explorations into unbelievable real-life crime.