If you are anything like me, you have devoured every true crime documentary series that Netflix threw our way in 2019, and you are waiting to see what they have in store for 2020. Here are ten true crime documentaries and docuseries that you can currently watch on Netflix.
Abducted in Plain Sight (2017)
This documentary tells the story of Jan Broberg who was abducted not one, but twice by in the 1970s. But there was more to her abduction than meets the eye. The first time, she was 12 years old and she was taken and brainwashed by her neighbour. Jan herself appeared in the documentary and shared her story from her perspective.
Amanda Knox (2016)
The story of Amanda Knox is one of the most talked about crimes in the modern day. She was twice convicted and acquitted on the murder of Meredith Kercher in Italy in 2007. This film tells the story of the crime itself, and also the crime of justice and misunderstanding that saw Knox serve several years behind bars.
Audrie & Daisy (2016)
The documentary explores three cases of high school rape that were also accompanied by victim shaming, disbelief among authorities, and in some cases suicide. The documentary not only reveals the details of the crime, but focusses on what the families in small towns when through in the aftermath as communities did not want to believe “their boys” to be capable of these crimes.
Casting JonBenet (2017)
The story of this crime is told within the context of casting of local talent in a film about the events. During the film, those with knowledge about the incident reveal their memories and emotions brought to the surface by the auditions. JonBenet was a child beauty queen killed in her family home when she was just six years old.
The Confession Killer (2019)
This docuseries focuses on the life and possible crimes of Henry Lee Lucas, who became known as one of America’s most prolific serial killers after he confessed to hundreds of murders. But how much of what he said was fact, and how much fiction? DAN evidence has thrown doubt on a number of his confessions, and now the question is: how many killers have avoided justice thanks to the word of this man?
The Devil Next Door (2019)
Could your next-door neighbour be a war criminal? This is the question that residents of Cleveland were asking themselves when John Demjanjuk was arrested for being a Nazi and set to Israel for trial. The series showed how the impassioned pleas of victims ld to a miscarriage of justice, but that does not mean than Demjanjuk was innocent.
The Keepers (2017)
This series starts with a group of old students investigating the murder of a former nun who taught them, Sister Cathy Cesnik. But was is revealed is a much more sinister story about lies and abuse in Baltimore’s prestigious Archbishop Keough High School. The series follows the women looking for justice for their abuse, and continues the search for Sister Cathy’s killer.
Out of Thin Air (2017)
This series looks at the crimes also known as the Reykjavik Confessions, about the disappearances of Gudmundur Einarsson and Geirfinnur Einarsson in Iceland in 1974 Six people were convicted of the murders based on confessions extracted by the police, even though there were no bodies, and no forensic evidence. Investigators now return to the case with fresh eyes, and the likelihood of the guilt of the group is thrown into doubt.
Shadow of Truth (2016)
This series examines the murder of Tair Rada, a 13-year-old Israeli girl, and the subsequent trial of Roman Zadorov, a Ukrainian immigrant who worked at her school where she was found. Many different solutions have been proposed for the case, and the series investigates each of them, including new evidence from a witness who has not previously given evidence.
Strong Island (2017)
A film about a miscarriage of justice, film maker Yance Ford tells the story of his brother in 1992, a 24-year old African American school teacher. He was killed by a 19-year-old mechanic, who was acquitted by an all-white grand jury. Ford looks at the issues with the justice system that allowed his brother’s killer to walk free.
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