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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By Kara Brand
The documentary started out as an homage to a murdered friend—but another tragedy was not far behind.
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The legendary Unsolved Mysteries returns...
From exposés on corporate greed to deep dives into police brutality and wrongful convictions, these documentaries will have you hooked.
These real-life stories of wrongful convictions will shake you to your core.
The Innocence Files exposes the ugly flaws in our criminal justice system—and it's streaming now.
Grab the remote and get your fix.
The animals aren't the only ones who are deadly.
Here's how American serial killer Henry Lee Lucas became an American scandal.
The subject of Interview with a Serial Killer—streaming on Netflix now—speaks out in his own chilling words.
Who better to tell the story of Ted Bundy than Bundy himself?
“Why would someone falsely confess to a crime that they didn’t commit?”
These docs helped find the killer, free innocent people, and prompted police to take a second look.
These true crime documentaries need to be seen.
Get ready for your summer true crime obsession.
Not sure what to watch next? We've got you covered.