Top 3 Netflix Crime Docs You MUST Watch
There has always been a niche market for people that are truly fascinated by the most treacherous criminal minds in society. Netflix has provided a chilling glimpse into the darker side of this world, which we can all access from the safety of our homes...
The true crime docs listed below portray a range of different criminals with similar psychopathic needs; from the most notorious manipulators who almost got away with it to the scariest of them all - the serial killers.
The unsettling truth is that, often, the story tends to be more compelling than the truth. A reality which has culminated in various questionable convictions…raising the all-too-common trope of 'Innocent or Guilty?' What will you believe?
I must warn you this is very triggering content, so please proceed with caution.
Conversations with a Killer: The Ted Bundy Tapes
‘I don’t feel guilty for anything. I feel sorry for people who feel guilt’ - Ted Bundy
I am almost positive that everyone has heard of Bundy at some point in their lives.
There is no serial killer look-book, but when you see Ted Bundy, its almost hard to believe that this is the man who has confessed to killing 30 women, with a murder rate that is unconfirmed to this day.
This doc is on the creepier side as most of the documentary is narrated by Ted Bundy himself; it is formulated from over 150 hours’ worth of tape recordings made whilst he was on death row.
Watching Conversations with a Killer may change your mind on the long-lasting debate on nature vs nurture. Did beginning his life as his mother’s secret shame lead him to his later-in-life murder spree?
As children, we are always taught to be wary of strangers. How does this wariness coexist with lifelong lessons on kindness? Bundy took advantage of these blurred lines and is well-known for luring his victims into his car by pretending to be injured or asking for help.
This doc is probably the best out there in terms of getting you inside the killer’s mind...but I promise you still won't really understand anything.
Killer Inside: The Mind of Aaron Hernandez
Aaron Hernandez is not the type of person you would expect to see in a three-part crime-based Netflix special, but rather in one about athleticism and sportsmanship.
However, whilst Hernandez was sitting comfortably on a $39.58 million dollar contract - with a $12.5 million signing bonus - he murdered Odin Lloyd only one year after signing his dream NFL contract.
This doc is intriguing because during his investigation for the murder of Lloyd, Hernandez was also tied to a double murder that was committed a few years prior in Boston. Although all the evidence incriminated Hernandez he was found not guilty, so does he qualify for the serial killer title?
This doc is both absolutely fascinating and totally terrifying in the same measure.
If you are still in awe and wondering what could have led an NFL millionaire to murder, I highly recommend this documentary. It offers both the analysis of the crimes in question as well as theories as to why Hernandez may have committed them...a question pondered upon both by experts and NFL fans to this day.
Trial by media:
Meredith Kercher was brutally murdered and found in a lake of her own blood during her university year-abroad in 2007. The investigation began almost immediately and generated massive public interest due to the fact that she was a UK citizen murdered on Italian soil.
No motive, no evidence and an alibi…
Yet Amanda Knox, her roommate, was arrested.
Kercher had a male DNA all over her body, supporting the theory that someone other than Knox was responsible for the crime. However, she still received a 25-year conviction for the murder and was then subsequently exonerated in 2015.
This doc has a very eerie feel because as you continue watching you start to realise 'this could’ve happened to me'...it can happen to anyone. It makes you wonder, is it innocent till proven guilty? Or are you guilty till you are proven innocent?
Without giving away any spoilers, I truly recommend if you are interested in media portrayals and the enormous amount of power they hold over the narrative on crime and justice.
Growing up, I have always been engrossed by true crime and the inner workings of criminals. Over the years , this has led me to purchase hundreds of books in an attempt to gain some understanding on the criminal mind; its psychology and its darkest moments. After so much reading and research, I was hesitant in trusting the authenticity of the true crime documentaries on Netflix. However, I must say, I have been pleasantly surprised and impressed and I’m sure you will be too.
If you want to learn more about true crime, these three documentaries are the perfect place to start!