Making a Murderer, Netflix has solidified itself as a top true crime destination, releasing everything from The Staircase to recent sensation Tiger King. But even the most avid watchers might have missed these 17 hidden true crime gems on Netflix. Sometimes the best, most fascinating stories are the ones that don't get talked about.
From documentaries exploring brutal murders and serial killers to those examining the criminal justice system,
Netflix has everything a true crime fan could ever want. Not only does Netflix have a ton of true crime documentaries and docuseries, they also have a healthy amount of crime-themed fiction. Movies and television shows inspired by real crimes or criminology can be just as satisfying as the real thing. So why spend your weekend re-watching Making a Murderer when there are quite literally dozens of other options?
No matter what your inclination — fiction, documentary, murder, social justice — these
17 underrated true crime shows and movies should be enough to keep your watchlist full for quite a long time to come. Just maybe take a break every once in a while to watch a TikTok or something. You don't want to go too far down the hole.
'Belief: The Possession Of Janet Moses'
A mix of interviews and recreations tell the story of Janet Moses in
Belief: The Possession of Janet Moses. Moses was 22-years old living in New Zealand when she was accidentally killed by family members during an attempted exorcism, which prompted nationwide discussion about Maori religion and consent. — Olivia Truffaut-Wong
Each episode of Netflix's
I Am A Killer docuseries tells the story of a death row inmate convicted of murder. What makes this series stand out is that, unlike other true crime shows, I Am A Killer starts with the guilty party. There's not really a mystery to be solved, but a system to be examined. What led these men to kill? And what fueled their legal battles? Should there even be a death row at all? — Olivia Truffaut-Wong
'The Disappearance of Madeleine McCann'
One of the most infamous murder cases in Iceland is re-visited
in Out of Thin Air . The disappearance of two men in 1974 led to the vilification of a group of young people, two of whom had been involved in a previous embezzling scheme, per The Hollywood Reporter. They confessed and were sent to jail, only for those confessions to come under scrutiny years later. — Olivia Truffaut-Wong
'How to Fix a Drug Scandal'
Erin Lee Carr's latest docuseries,
How to Fix a Drug Scandal, tells the story of Sonja Farak and Annie Dookhan, two chemists who tampered with evidence while working at different drug testing labs in Massachusetts. As a result of their misconduct, over 47,000 court rulings were overturned, according to Vox. — Rebecca Patton Shadow of Truth is a deep dive into the murder of Israeli teenage Tair Rada and the questions surrounding the guilt of the man prosecuted for the crime. The four-episode series takes viewers on a journey through the crime, a suspect, a trial, conspiracy theories, and, finally, a secret confession. — Olivia Truffaut-Wong
about a haunted mountain. It's about the marijuana business in Humbolt County, California, where there are also a record number of missing people. The documentary focuses on Garret Rodriguez, a 29-year-old who went to Humbolt to make money and never came back, and a local sheriff's office that doesn't seem all that motivated to solve the case. Murder Mountain is not a documentary — Olivia Truffaut-Wong
'Interview With A Serial Killer'
Convicted murderer Arthur Shawcross, also known as the "Genesee River Killer," opens up about his crimes in
Interview with a Serial Killer, which is pretty much exactly what it sounds like. If you ever wanted to watch a cold blooded killer reflect on his crimes, now's your chance. — Olivia Truffaut-Wong
'The Investigator: A British Crime Story'
The Investigator: A British Crime Story is a Making a Murderer-esque investigation into a 1985 missing persons-turned-murder case. If you love true crime stories that don't have a clear explanation or end, then The Investigator is what you want to watch. — Olivia Truffaut-Wong
ABC's anthology series,
American Crime, tackled a different crime every season, taking a look at the victims, the perpetrators, the family members, and the justice system to provide a comprehensive look at the real, human cost of crime in America. — Olivia Truffaut-Wong
'Natascha Kampusch: The Whole Story'
Natascha Kampusch was 10 years old when she was abducted by Wolfgang Priklopil, a 44-year-old man in 1998 Vienna. She was held prisoner for over eight years before she managed to escape, and now owns the house in which she was held captive, as reported by The Telegraph. Priklopil was found dead after Kampusch's escape, but many details of the case remain a mystery, with some believing his accomplice is still at large, according to UK's Independent. — Olivia Truffaut-Wong
'Who Killed Malcolm X?'
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Though Thomas Hagan (who has previously been known as both Talmadge Hayer and Mujahid Abdul Halim), Khalil Islam (then Thomas 15X Johnson), and Muhammad Abdul Aziz (or Norman 3X Butler) were convicted of
murdering civil rights activist Malcolm X, this docuseries casts doubt on both Aziz and Islam's involvement. — Rebecca Patton
"If I'm guilty, it means that I am the ultimate figure to fear," Amanda Knox says in this eponymous 2016 documentary. "Because I'm not the obvious one.... Either I'm a psychopath in sheep's clothing, or I am you." In 2009, Knox and her former boyfriend, Raffaele Sollecito, were convicted of
killing her roommate, Meredith Kercher, while she was studying abroad in Perugia in 2007. However, their original convictions were overturned in 2011 and they were both acquitted in 2015. — Rebecca Patton
'Evil Genius: The True Story of America's Most Diabolical Bank Heist'
In 2003, a man with a bomb strapped to his neck attempted to rob a bank and died. Known as the "pizza bomber heist," the story became a sensation. First believed to be the story of a pizza delivery man forced to commit a crime, it changed into something else entirely once the investigation got going, leading to an alleged conspiracy and a so-called "evil genius" mastermind, Majorie Diehl-Armstrong. The four-episode series is full of so many twists and turns, you'll think it's fiction.
— Olivia Truffaut-Wong Aquarius is a short-lived TV show inspired by the true crime genre. Following LAPD detective Sam Hodiak as he investigates Charles Manson and his cult, it's a fun look at the '60s perfect for true crime fans just dipping their toes into the genre. — Olivia Truffaut-Wong
Curb Your Enthusiasm, baseball, and true crime? Long Shot is for you. Netflix's documentary chronicles the bizarre 2004 case in which Juan Catalan, a man accused of murder, was able to clear his name partly thanks to footage captured by Curb Your Enthusiasm, which was filming the crowd of a Los Angeles Dodgers' game. Of course, there's more to the story, but you'll have to watch it to find out. — Olivia Truffaut-Wong The Devil Next Door rehashes the case of Ukrainian-American John Demjanjuk, who was suspected of being Ivan The Terrible — a notorious Nazi guard stationed at the Treblinka concentration camp during World War II. — Rebecca Patton