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  • Writer's pictureUrvashi Palyekar

Must-Watch Crime Documentaries On Netflix!

If sitting down in your pyjamas with a pint full of ice cream and watching fascinating crime documentaries is a way you relax this blog post belongs to you!

It doesn't matter if you are a true crime addict or if you are someone just testing the waters thee 7 crime documentaries are a must-watch!

Night Stalker: The Hunt For A Serial Killer

This Documentary covers the year Richard Ramirez a serial killer terrorized Los Angeles and San Fransico by invading into homes of civilians to sexually assault and murder them. The detectives that worked on this case in the Mid 1980s give their side of the story making this documentary even more fascinating. What made Ramirez stand out was that he didn't have a preference for sex and age hence anyone and everyone was on his radar in the 1980s which made it difficult for every civilian living there. Ramirez used a wide variety of weapons and would leave behind satanic symbols as his mark. To find out how he was caught and convicted be sure to watch Night Stalker: The Hunt For A Serial Killer.

Richard Ramirez While Trial / Picture Credit : Women's Health Magazine

Rating: 7.5/10 IMDb

Genre: Documentary & True Crime

Audience: A (Restricted to Adults)

Don’t F**k With Cats: Hunting an Internet Killer

This three-part documentary is a story told from the perspective of the people responsible for one of Canada's worst murderers, Luka Magnotta being caught. The documentary covers how Luka started posting videos of animal abuse on the internet which created an outrage online and led to a group being formed full of internet sleuths from around the world who were determined to uncover who this was. The Facebook group analyzed the videos put out by Luka frame by frame and helped the police out with any useful information found. Amongst all this chaos John green and Baudi Moovan, two vital members of the Facebook group raised concerns that If Luka was not to be stopped his next victim video that would surface would not be an Innocent animal but Instead would be an innocent human being and that's exactly what happened.

Netflix Official Poster for the documentary
Netflix's Official Poster Credit: Netflix

Baudi Moovan & John Green / Picture Credit : Wikipedia

Ratings: 8.0/10 IMDb

Genre: Documentary & True Crime

Audience: A (Restricted to Adults)

Conversations With a Killer: The Ted Bundy Tapes

Ted Bundy is a famous serial killer known all over the world for being a killer, rapist, and kidnapper he confessed to 30 victims and confirmed to 20 before being put down on death row. Theodore Robert Cowell (Ted Bundy) is known to be America's most notorious serial killer and this documentary contains actual tapes of Ted confessing to his crimes on death row and follows with raw media footage of the police, evidence, and court trials. He targeted women aged 19-21 in the years 1974 - 1978 but what made Ted alluring is that none of his victims or even Women, In general, were alarmed by his presence instead Women found him "Charming" and "Handsome". Ted did everything but blame himself he went ahead to blame pornography and alcohol for his heinous crimes. His superiority complex led him to represent himself during the trials and he even managed to escape jail twice during this period, this documentary is a deep dive into the timelines of his relationships and crimes inside and outside the jail as women were fascinated with him which even led him to propose to Anne Boone mid-trial. This documentary had me gripped and I wouldn't move out for any reason so make sure you carry plenty of snacks because you would not want to leave your seat.

Poster with Bundy's Description
Poster Of Ted Bundy / Picture Credit: POPSUGAR

Photograph's Of Ted's Victims
Photograph's Of Ted's Victims / Picture Credit: GLAMOUR

Ratings: 7.8/10 IMDb

Genre: Documentary & True Crime

Audience: A (Restricted To Adults)

The Staircase

A twisty tale of did he do it? The staircase is a deep dive on Michael Peterson, a novelist, and how his wife Kathleen Peterson, was found bloody and unconscious at the bottom of her staircase. Peterson had called and alerted the authorities that his wife had fallen down a flight of stairs and would not move but on doing further forensic investigation the crime scene and the blood force trauma suggested something else. Which lead to Michael being announced as one of the lead suspects of the case. The storyline then follows aspects of Michael's personal life with Kathleen and the 16-year judicial battle that determined if he was guilty or framed.

Picture Credit: Netflix

Ratings: 7.9/10 IMDb

Genre: Documentary & True Crime

Audience: A (Restricted To Adults)

Crime Scene: The Vanishing at the Cecil Hotel

This crime documentary explores the mystery of the Cecil Hotel in Downtown Los Angeles which is a prime crime spot, hosted serial killers, and is also allegedly believed to be haunted. Here a 21-year-old Canadian student Elisa Lam mysteriously vanished into thin air leaving no trace of where she could have been. The documentary is compiled of sit-down interviews with the former manager of the hotel and the people who worked there along with the authorities who handled the case. This case is grisly yet odd as the first major breakthrough in the case was the CCTV clip that contained Elisa Lam and her actions In the footage were not ordinary some even called it paranormal. This case ignited a raft of conspiracy theories on the internet which made a global community of internet sleuths come together.

Elisa Lam
Elisa Lam / Picture Credit: Foco e Fama

Elisa Lam In the lift (CCTV)
Elisa Lam In the lift (CCTV) / Picture Credit: Buzzfeed News

Cecil Hotel
Cecil Hotel / Picture Credit: GHOST TOWN Pinterest

Ratings: 5.9/10 IMDb

Genre: Documentary & Crime

Audience: A (Restricted To Adults)

American Murder: The Family Next Door

A perfect couple with two perfect daughters and a third kid on its way sounds like a dream family to any ordinary person but what happened next was something no one could fathom. Shanann Watts and her two daughters mysteriously disappear and Chris the husband confesses to the murders. This documentary follows Chris and his interactions with the authorities and reveals the truth about why a father a husband would wake up one fine day and decide to kill his entire family.

Chris and Shanann Watts with their daughters
Chris and Shanann Watts with their daughters / Picture Credit: Good Housekeeping

Ratings: 7.2/10 IMDb

Genre: Documentary & Crime

Audience: A (Restricted To Adults)

The Disappearance of MADELEINE MCCANN

A vacation that turned into a parent's worst nightmare when they discover that their 3-year-old daughter Madeleine vanished from their hotel room in Portugal. She was reported to be the most heavily reported missing person in modern history. Madeleine disappeared on 3rd May In 2007 and is yet to be found the documentary follows the timeline of the evening and the months after she disappeared.

The Official Netflix Poster
The Official Netflix Poster / Picture Credit: Netflix

A picture of Madeleine
A picture of Madeleine / Picture Credit: Sharon Pinterest

Madeleine's Parents holding her missing poster
Madeleine's Parents / Picture Credit: Marie Claire Australia

Ratings: 6.6/10 IMDb

Genre: Documentary & True Crime

Audience: A (Restricted To Adults)


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