The 13 best true crime series on Netflix right now for real addicts
Because you know you’re addicted
Ok let's be serious – being addicted to crime documentaries is real. Psychologists have even said that it's perfectly normal to be obsessed with true crime, and a lot of us are. Netflix true crime is better than ever right now, and the site keeps dropping them, and dropping them and dropping them.
Whether it be Ted Bundy, The Keepers or Dirty John The Dirty Truth – there is always a true crime documentary to talk about. You can say an obsession with true crime is weird, but everyone still continues to binge it.
Here are the best Netflix true crime documentaries on right now:
if you liked Fyre and The Ted Bundy Tapes may we suggest Abducted in Plain Sight, a doc you can also file under "what in the actual fuck"
— Netflix UK & Ireland (@NetflixUK) February 6, 2019
Abducted in Plain Sight
Abducted in Plain Sight is one of the latest true crime docs to drop on Netflix, and everyone is backing it as the most fascinating yet. Twitter just can't get their heads around it:
Netflix’s “Abducted in plain sight” is MAD! Americans are dumb. Your 12 year old daughter was raped and kidnapped by the same man TWICE, but you let him sleep over in her bed for 6 months after this happened. The Mam has an affair with the nonce and THE DAD WANKS HIM OFF?? 🤣🤣🤣
— Scott Nolan (@S23NOL) February 3, 2019
Me watching Abducted in Plain Sight pic.twitter.com/bGPXcWaorx
— devon 🐄 (@wineandtacos) February 7, 2019
The hour and a half documentary is about 12-year-old Jan Broberg, who was abducted from a small church-going community in Idaho, in 1974, by a trusted neighbour and close family friend.
Ted Bundy Tapes
Everyone right now is talking about Conversations with a Killer: The Ted Bundy Tapes. The four episode Netflix true crime series is about the story of Theodore Robert Bundy, a serial killer, kidnapper and rapist. After years of denying his crimes, Bundy admitted to 30 murders on women, but the true number of victims remains unknown. He was sentenced to death by electrocution and died in 1989.
The documentary has also been made into a film, in which Zac Efron players the killer. The film is also coming to Netflix.
The Keepers is a seven episode series, based on the murder of a nun, Sister Cathy Cesnik. The mystery of her death remains unsolved. The series was released in May 2017, and has been called Netflix's best True Crime docuseries to date.
Cathy Cesnik, who taught English and drama, disappeared on November 7th, 1969, and her body was found nearly two months later. To this day, the killer remains unnamed. In the '90s, the case returned to the spotlight after one of Cesnik's former students accused the high school's chaplain of sexual abuse and claimed she had seen her teacher's then undiscovered body.
Evil Genius: The True Story of America's Most Diabolical Bank Heist is a 2018 Netflix true crime documentary series about the murder of Brian Wells. Season one on Netflix is made up of four episodes.
The series is about a Bank Heist gone wrong, that ended up as a public murder. The attempted robber was a pizza delivery driver who had a bomb around his neck, and the case was then named the "pizza bomber" case. The documentary explores conspiracies surrounding the story, as well as the story itself.
The Disappearance of Madeleine McCann
The Disappearance of Madeleine McCann is one of the newest true crime series to be released on Netflix. The eight-part, true crime series tells the story of Maddie, who famously vanished from the family’s apartment on holiday in Pria da Luz, Portugal. Her parents left her while they had dinner with friends in a nearby tapas restaurant.
It covers everything from the conspiracy theories surrounding her disappearance, possible sightings of Madeleine, and gives a timeline of the whole story from when it happened, right through the investigation.
Shadow of Truth
Shadow of Truth is a four-part Netflix true crime series exploring the 2006 murder of a 13-year-old Israeli girl, and the conviction of a Ukrainian immigrant.
On December 6th, 2006, 13-year-old Tair Rada walked into her school’s bathroom where she was stabbed to death in one of the stalls. Public outrage put pressure on the police, who then focused their investigation around the immigrant.
Dirty John The Dirty Truth
Dirty John The Dirty Truth is the true crime version of the drama Dirty John, that was released on Netflix first. The Netflix series Dirty John was about the real life story of John Meehan and Debra Newell. Debra falls for the lies and manipulation of the serial con-man, John. She falls in love with the wealthy anaesthesiologist, before it becomes clear he might not be as wealthy or even as qualified as he first makes out. The relationship spirals, and Debra is soon pushing everyone away for John, and things get dangerous to say the least.
The true crime version of the series contains real interviews with the actual people from the case, sharing their experiences, and brand new information.
This series is based on one of the most famous child-murder cases in the world. The 2017 doc is about the murder of JonBenét Ramsey. Child beauty queen JonBenét died when she was six years old. She was found in the basement of her house by her father, the family had thought she was kidnapped from the house. She had died from both a blunt force trauma and strangulation.
There are so many theories surrounding this case, the most common one being that the Ramsey family themselves are to blame.
Wild Wild Country
Wild Wild Country is a six-part docuseries about the controversial Indian guru Bhagwan Shree Rajneesh. He bought a plot of land in the Oregon desert and attempted to build a utopian society in 1981. He had built brand new homes that could house over 7,000 residents and the plan was to develop a food supply, police and fire stations, restaurants and a small airport.
However, tension was created just a year into the build. According to Netflix: “This conflict would become one of the wildest episodes in American history and feature heated debates over land use, electoral mayhem, voter suppression, biological warfare, assassination attempts, deportations, drugs, sex and more.”
Captive for 18 Years: The Jaycee Lee Story
Captive for 18 Years: The Jaycee Lee Story is another, older Netflix true crime documentary that shaped the true crime category. The 48 minute documentary first aired in 2009, but is still popular today. The doc is about Jaycee Lee Dugard, who was abducted by a sex offender and his wife when she was just 11 years old. Somehow, she made it out alive 18 years later, but she would never be the same again.
Making a Murderer
Making a Murderer is arguably the series that invented Netflix true crime. The documentary is split into two parts, each with 10 episodes and is about Steven Avery, who spent nearly 20 years in prison for a crime he didn't commit. He then found himself in prison again, for a further murder that he denies. Avery is basically convinced the police are setting him up as the killer, and tbh everyone else is too.
The Staircase is a 13-episode, Netflix true crime docuseries about the 2001 death of novelist Michael Peterson's wife, Kathleen Peterson. He claimed she died after falling down the stairs at their home, but a medical examiner determined she had been beaten with a weapon, which led to Peterson becoming a suspect in what would become a murder investigation.
Real Crime: Hannah's Killer
Real Crime: Hannah's Killer is a true crime documentary about Hannah Foster, a 17-year-old girl who was kidnapped, raped and murdered after a night-out in Southampton in 2003.
After the murder, Hannah's killer, Maninder Pal Singh Kohli, fled to India and avoided arrest for five years. The documentary tells the heart-breaking story of Hannah's parent's fight for justice, which included flying to India to appeal publicly around the country for help to find Kohli.
If Netflix true crime isn't your thing, or you've already binge watched all the crime you can possibly take, Netflix has also recently released dramas such as Sex Education and You, and the documentary about the Fyre Festival, and theres a new David Attenborough documentary coming too.