There are a lot of reasons why people love true crime TV series.
- Crime is normal in the world we live in.
- Evil fascinates us.
- Humans are curious in nature, and we just can’t look away from disasters.
- It helps us feel prepared.
- It gives us the adrenaline rush.
- We like solving mysteries.
- We like to be scared in a controlled way.
- This kind of storytelling is uniquely and weirdly comforting.
All finished in less than 2 months, here’s my recent binge-watch list on true crime:
1. Conversations with a Killer: The Ted Bundy Tapes
This is one of the top and most viewed Netflix docu-series categorized under true crime. The four-part series was premiered on Ted Bundy’s 30th execution anniversary on January 24, 2019; and covered interviews and actual footages of the notorious serial killer. Chronologically tracing Ted Bundy’s life, murders, escapes, trials and death, the archival footages and evidences of his case are all intricately presented in the series.
2. Unsolved Mysteries
This docu-series covers crime, tales of love, unexplained disappearances, paranormal events, and unsolved mysteries. Interviews and re-enactments are used to retell the horrors that still stand unsolved even to the present date. Viewers are encouraged to provide any information that might help in solving the mysteries.
3. The Disappearance of Madeleine McCann
The Disappearance of Madeleine McCann is an eight-part documentary series on Netflix about the most heavily reported missing-person case in modern history. Madeleine was reported missing on the evening of May 3, 2007; and her alleged abduction rose many suspicions that even her parents were considered suspects. Even to the present time, everyone is still looking for Madeleine, and no one has been convicted yet.
4. The American Murder
This is an American true crime documentary film that tells the story of the 2018 Watts family murder in Colorado — a pregnant mother with two beautiful girls murdered by the father who seemingly wanted to erase his old life to live a new one with his mistress. Directed by Jenny Popplewell, the film includes social media posts, real footages, law enforcement recordings, and even text messages.
5. The People v. O.J. Simpson: American Crime Story
This is the first season of the American Crime Story which shows a dramatization of what is known to be the “trial of the (last) century”. Focusing on former football star, O.J. Simpson; and the murder of his ex-wife Nicole Brown Simpson and waiter slash friend, Ron Goldman, the series is full of emotional calibration towards racism, sexism and fame.
6. The Assassination of Gianni Versace: American Crime Story
This is the second season of the television series “American Crime Story”. The nine-part drama explores on the murder of the legendary designer, Gianni Versace, by a spree killer named Andrew Cunanan. The series starts with a bang, and slowly traces backward from defining the life of Andrew Cunanan to how the murder mystery was resolved.
If you have your own list or any film/series recommendations on true or fictional crime, please feel free to comment them down below 🙂