So you're a big crime documentary fan, and you've watched all 10 episodes of Making a Murderer on Netflix... now what? These true crime documentaries will keep you on the edge of your seat.
1. The Staircase
In 2001, American novelist Michael Peterson’s wife Kathleen was found dead at the bottom of the couple’s staircase, in a pool of blood. Peterson was arrested for her murder. The Staircase is a real-life courtroom drama following Peterson’s trial and is packed with shocking twists and turns that will keep you guessing right to the end.
2. Capturing the Friedmans
The veil of respectability falls away from the seemingly normal Friedman family when father Arnold and son Jesse are accused of horrific child sex crimes. The home-video footage of the Friedmans as they await trial, makes this an unsettling but riveting watch.
3. Dear Zachary: A Letter to a Son About His Father
Andrew Bagby was murdered by his bitter ex-girlfriend Shirley Turner, who, following her arrest, announced she was pregnant. Watching footage of Bagby’s distraught parents having to maintain a relationship with their son’s killer in order to see their grandson Zachary is heartbreaking enough. Then comes an unthinkable and tragic twist that will leave you devastated.
4. The Jinx: The Life and Deaths of Robert Durst
A documentary miniseries exploring the life of New York real estate heir Robert Durst, who was a suspect in three separate murders, beginning with the unsolved 1982 disappearance of Durst’s wife Kathie. Durst gave filmmaker Andrew Jarecki full access, a decision which he perhaps regretted when the series threw up new evidence and saw him arrested for first-degree murder… He faces trial later this year.
5. The Imposter
It should have been a happy ending. In 1994, 13-year-old Nicholas Barclay vanished from his Texas home, and it was three years before he was found in Spain and returned to his family. Or was he? Doubts emerge that the boy who came home really was the same person as the one who disappeared. What unravels next has to be seen to be believed.
6. Paradise Lost: The Child Murders at Robin Hood Hills
When the bodies of three little boys were found murdered and mutilated, emotions ran high in the town of West Memphis. Three local teens, Jessie Misskelley, Damien Echols and Jason Baldwin, were convicted of the child murders, believed to have taken place as part of a Satanic ritual. However, evidence against the teens was murky and many believed them to be wrongly convicted. This is the first in a series of three gripping true crime documentaries which see the case through to a surprising end.