12 Best True Crime Documentaries On Netflix

The Ted Bundy Tapes

No plans this weekend? Looking for something binge-worthy on Netflix? We’ve got you! Take a look at our list of 12 most popular true crime documentaries on Netflix.

Aaron Hernandez

Killer Inside: The Mind of Aaron Hernandez

This true-crime documentary is a three-part limited series that looks closely into the life of American Footballer, Aaron Hernandez. The NFL player was close to signing a $40M contract when he was arrested on suspicion of murdering his partners sisters boyfriend. In 2013 he was sentenced to life in prison for one murder but two years later he was found not guilty of a double murder charge.

Prosecutors have always been unable to find a motive, the documentary looks into Aaron Hernandez’s upbringing, sexuality and the impact multiple head injuries  might have had on his behaviour.

Making a Murderer

Making a Murderer Part 1 and 2

Making a Murderer is one of the most successful true-crime docs, pulling in viewers from across the world. It’s an unknown real-life thriller about Steven Avery, who began exposing corruption in local law enforcement, who finds himself the prime suspect in the shocking rape and murder of Teresa Halbach.

Set in Wisconsin and filmed throughout 10 years, the series brings viewers inside a brutal criminal case where reputations are important and the truth is hidden.

Part 2 introduces award-winning filmmakers Laura Ricciardi and Moira Demos returning to the scene having exclusive access to Steven Avery with his co-defendant and nephew Brendan Dassey, the family and their feisty new lawyer Kathleen Zellner. 

The Confession Killer

The Confession Killer

This five-part series looks into the case of serial killer Henry Lee Lucas, who confessed to murdering more than 600 people.

Police had no hard evidence connecting Lucas to the crimes, but he could go into detail about each attack and also sketch victims portraits. 

Later, many journalists started to find faults in his stories partnered with dan results contradicting his confessions. So did he actually murder all those people?

The Confession Tapes

The Confession Tapes Season 2

The Confession Tapes season 2, just like the first season looks deeper into suspects who confessed to crimes they once claimed they never committed and questioning why they confessed. The confessions are said to be persuaded.

This season focuses on four different cases, including one of a truck driver named Kenneth Osburn, who was convicted of the kidnapping of a 17 year old named Casey Crowder.

The Investigator: A British Crime Story

The Investigator: A British Crime Story

The Investigator, a compelling series that reopens the case of Carole Packman, who mysteriously went missing in 1985 and who’s husband was convicted of her murder.

Former Police officer and Journalist Mark Williams-Thomas uncovers dark secrets in the Packman family’s past as he tries to solve Carole’s disappearance after 34 years.

Amanda Knox

Amanda Knox 

A Netflix Original docu-film looks into the theory of wether Amanda Knox was a cold-blooded killer who murdered her her roommate or a naive student abroad trapped a never ending nightmare.

Amanda features in the film about the killing of student Meredith Kercher, making headlines around the world in 2007. The student was sentenced to four years in prison with her then boyfriend Raffaele Sollecito but were both cleared in 2015.

The Keepers

The Keepers 

The Keepers starts with the story of Sister Cathy Cesnik. A nun and Catholic High School teacher in Baltimore who went missing in 1969. After 2 months her body was found but her murder still remains unsolved today.

The case was reopened in the ’90’s after victims and witnesses gave testimonies of sexual abuse by the high school’s chaplain, taking the documentary passed the death of Sister Cathy to find hidden memories and the collusion of government and religious institutions. 

The Staircase

The Staircase 

The Staircase follows the enticing story of Michael Peterson, A crime novelist who was accused of killing his wife Kathleen after she’s found dead at the bottom of the staircase in their home, with a 16 year battle followed after. 

Award-winning filmmaker Jean-Xavier de Lestrade was given unusual access to the case after Kathleen’s death. Her husband Michael a local public figure and successful writer with a questionable past, quickly becomes prime suspect. 

Abducted In Plain Sight

Abducted In Plain Sight

Said to be one of Netflix’s most confusing and disturbing documentary that follows the story of Jan Broberg who was somehow was kidnapped twice by a family friend and neighbour in the ‘70’s.

The man (Robert Berchtold) took Jan when she was 12 and again when she was 14, and the show explains how he brainwashed the family that Jan was needed if Robert was to save the world. 

Conversations with A Killer

Conversations with a Killer: The Ted Bundy Tapes

This series delves into the mind of multiple killer Ted Bundy on how his personality, good looks, and social influences defies the serial killer stereotype making him able to hide in plain sight as he murdered over 30 women before being found out in 1978. 

When Ted was on trail he developed many female fans, making his crimes even more haunting.

The Innocent Man

The Innocent Man 

A book about two murders that took a small town in Oklahoma by surprise in 1980 by John Grisham has been transformed into a six part series for Netflix. 

The Innocent Man shows interviews with victims family and friends, town residences, journalists, attorneys and many others involved in the case. This series brings new footage and interesting photos and videos from an archive. 

The Pharmacist

The Pharmacist 

This true crime documentary series looks into the search held by Dan Schneider, a pharmacist in a small town in Louisiana, to  find the killer of his son and how this lead him to collecting evidence of a “pill mill” Doctor in New Orleans.