Crime documentaries have exploded in popularity over the last few years – and no one does it better than the hit streaming platform, Netflix. You can find crime documentaries on the Tiger King, Jeffery Epstein and the most famous serial killers in history.
According to a study by loans for students’ company, Smart Pig, Netflix has a whopping 1718 TV shows and 3802 films online. They carried out a survey on 2000 British viewers and found that 49% don’t pay for their Netflix subscription. Netflix is the most popular streaming platform – and the queen of true-crime documentaries.
Let’s take a closer look at some of our all-time favourites.
Night Stalker is based in 1985 LA, when a disturbing serial killer was at large. Two detectives spend years searching for the serial killer, nicknamed ‘Night Stalker.’ He brutally murdered some victims and left others to call out for help. The victims ranged from six years old to eight-two. The four-part series takes you through a chronological account of the Night Stalker’s reign and his trial.
Jeffery Epstein: Filthy Rich
The Jeffery Epstein docuseries hit Netflix in the first lockdown of the pandemic. Epstein got away with a lot of crimes due to his wealth and political connections. The series features several interviews with his victims and the heart-breaking impact of his crimes.
House of Secrets: The Burari Deaths
House of Secrets looks into the death of eleven family members and the bizarre nature of their death. They all died in a house in Burari, Delhi, India, back in 2018. The series looks into the theories behind their deaths and the various suicide and murder cases.
Conversation with a Killer: The Ted Bundy Tapes
The Ted Bundy Tapes offers a shocking insight into the mind of one of the most famous serial killers in American history. The four-part series shares interviews with Bundy and how he perceived his crimes when he was on death row in 1980. Soon after the Netflix series, Joe Berlinger released the movie, Extremely Wicked, Shockingly Evil and Vile. The Tapes offer a much better account of Ted Bundy compared to the movie.
Don’t F*cK with Cats
The Don’t F*cK with Cats series is extremely popular with true-crime fans. The series details how internet sleuths impacted a case based on a social media video of Luka murdering two cats. He then killed a student named Jun Lin, and the internet went crazy trying to track him down. Some people claim the internet sleuths pushes the killer to commit more crimes for more attention.
There are plenty of true crime documentaries on Netflix to be binge-watched. You could learn about the disappearance of Madeline McCann or the disturbing account of the Cecil Hotel. Pick your poison and prepare to be shocked.