If you’re struggling to find your next binge watch (or four) Netflix has just released a list of what it considers to be its best true crime documentaries.
If you’re the type of person who obsesses over owl theories, police conspiracies or strange new-age cults then the chances are there’ll be something for you in this lot.
Netflix has been dominating the true crime game seemingly since Making A Murderer hit the streaming service back in 2015. It became the stand out show of the year, giving rise to an army of armchair theorists and amateur detectives determined to uncover injustice and solve the unsolvable.
Most recently it was Conversations With A Killer: The Ted Bundy Tapes that captured audience imaginations - the four-part series featuring hours of audio from the murderer, who confessed to the brutal murders of 36 women and young girls between 1974 and 1978.
So, if that type of thing is very much your cup of tea, Netflix have also recommended Shadow of Truth, Casting Jonbenet, Evil Genius, The Confession Tapes, The Keepers (an incredibly dark tale) Wild Wild Country, Captive for 18 Years: The Jaycee Lee Story and Abducted in Plain Sight - which many viewers described as one of the ‘most twisted pieces of television they’d ever seen’.
The bizarre programme tells the true story of Robert Berchtold, who kidnapped his friends’ 12-year-old daughter and fled to Mexico where he tried to brainwash her into believing she was an alien, and that her ‘mission’ was to conceive a child with him by her 16th birthday in order to ‘save the alien planet’.
I would also add The Jinx to this list, a 2015 documentary miniseries about New York real estate heir Robert Durst, an accused murderer followed by controversy his whole life. The story is brilliantly told with first-hand interviews featuring Durst himself and an unbelievable reveal in the final episode…
That should be enough to keep you going for a while! See you in summer!