Within the past few years, Netflix has become known for their incredibly popular and well-made TV series, such as House of Cards and Stranger Things. These shows have become a part of pop culture and a part of everyday conversation. This popularity has also seeped into their TV Mini-series and we’re in a golden age of true-crime documentaries and Netflix seems to be well aware of their increasing popularity.
One of my favorite things to do is taking the weekend to binge watch a show or documentary that was just released. True crime series capture my attention unlike anything else. I love the interviews from suspects, the explanations from the lawyers, and the mystery surrounding these real-life stories. With so much good content it can be hard to decide which series are worth your time. If you’re looking for a true crime story that will capture your attention, here are five stories that are sure to do just that!
5 True Crime Stories on Netflix You Need to Watch Now
5. The Staircase (TV Mini-series)
The Staircase, an intimate look at the case surrounding Michael Peterson’s wife and her mysterious death. Convicted of murder, Michael and his family spend 17 years picking apart the details and fighting to keep Michael out of prison. By the end of the series you truly feel like you know their family and everyone involved in this case. At one point I was convinced of the outcome and by the end I had changed my mind. This is a story that allows you come to your own conclusions and that’s why I enjoyed it so much.
4. The Keepers (TV Mini-series)
In an attempt to hide years of child abuse within a Catholic high school, a young nun is murdered. Nearly 50 years later, her former students use Facebook to connect and share their stories as a way of therapy. The dedication these men and women have to this case is inspiring and so is their commitment to each other. At times the series becomes more about the students who were involved in such horrific stories of abuse that you forget how the series began. There is beauty to be found within this incredibly sad story and that is why you should watch this series.
3. Amanda Knox (Documentary)
Back in 2007 there was constant media coverage about the American college student, Amanda Knox, who was convicted of murdering her roommate while studying abroad in Italy. Over ten years later, Amanda tells her side of the story. This documentary gives an honest look at her infamy, the effect of the media and her reintroduction to a normal life. If you’re like me and can only remember the vague details of this terrifying story, you’ll want to watch this.
2. Evil Genius: The True Story of America’s Most Diabolical Bank Heist (TV Mini-series)
Any good horror story needs a captivating villain; such is the case with Evil Genius. Everything about the evil mastermind in this series gave me chills, her shrilling voice, her shifting personalities and her ability to completely manipulate people. What’s different about this series is that there are multiple phone conversations and interviews explaining in detail just how she managed to do it. It’s a very detailed and interesting story that you don’t want to miss.
1. Wormwood (TV Mini-series)
A son has dedicated his life to uncovering the details surrounding his father’s mysterious death. Covered in government secrets from the 1950s, this story is fantastically told in a style that is interesting and unique. It’s only six episodes so it’s an easy binge, plus you’ll find yourself becoming more engaged with every episode. This is one of the most interesting and shocking series I’ve ever seen. I highly recommend it!