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The Best True Crime Documentaries On Amazon Prime UK

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By Bustle UK
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It's the genre that needs no introduction. True crime has officially become our generation's *thing* and streaming platforms have certainly taken notice. With that in mind, below is a selection of the best true crime documentaries on Amazon Prime UK. Clear your schedule, because you won't be leaving the sofa (or your Wikipedia rabbit hole) for a few days at least. Don't say I didn't warn you.

When it comes to true crime series, most people think immediately of Netflix. However, while Making A Murderer may have been the show to kick off our obsession with true crime, Amazon Prime also offers its subscribers a great mix of original series and shows from other networks or indie production houses. Some of their offerings are lesser known than those in Netflix's back catalogue, but that's kind of what makes them so intriguing. And, as well as giving you the chance to learn about cases you've never heard of, there are also documentaries that deep dive into famous cases such as the one involving Ted Bundy and the story of the Central Park Five.

Sit back, turn off your phone, and get your snacks at the ready, because a whole weekend of TV viewing awaits you.

Diana: The Night She Died
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After Princess Diana died on Aug. 31, 1997 conspiracy theories ran wild. Diana: The Night She Died takes a look at the fateful night that she died, setting aside the conspiracy theories, and looking at the questions that the enquiry failed to ask. Whether you’re a fan of the royals or not Diana: The Night She Died is a super interesting look into an event that changed British history. — Alice Broster

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The Feared: Irish Gangsters
High Fliers Films

Bernard O’Mahoney is a much-loved true crime author and for The Feared: Irish Gangsters he returned to his native Ireland to uncover the underworld and the key figures who run it. While meeting some of the most high powered and influential members of the scene O’Mahoney reveals the crimes that have been committed and the complex reasons for them. — Alice Broster

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'The Moors Murders'
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Ian Brady and Myra Hindley are still two of the most famous British criminals of all time. Also known as the Moors Murderers they abducted, tortured, and killed children and buried their victims across the Yorkshire Moors. In The Moors Murders the filmmakers spoke to the family members of victims and police officers that worked on the case, as well as using dramatic reconstructions to retell the story of the Moors murderers. — Alice Broster

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'Goodnight Sugar Babe: The Killing of Vera Jo Reigle'

Filmmaker J. David Miles delves into a story which begins after the body a mentally challenged young mother is discovered, and as further details surrounding the case begin to emerge, this true crime tale becomes all the more unbelievable. For the first time ever, Goodnight Sugar Babe aims to uncover how the mastermind behind this tragic murder managed to get off scot-free, whilst also venturing into the mindset of a small town's powerful crime family matriarch. — Sam Ramsden

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'Stranger Than Fiction'

Back in 2017, French au pair Sophie Lionnet was brutally murdered by her employers, Ouissem Medouni and Sabrina Kouider, at their Wimbledon home. Due to the horrific circumstances of the crime, the story soon caught the attention of the world's media, and this Amazon Prime doc takes an extensive look into the utterly bizarre motivations behind the murder, which make this tragic case seem even more unsettling. — Sam Ramsden

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'The Central Park Five'

In New York City, 1989, five black and Latino teens from Harlem were wrongly convicted of raping a white woman in Central Park. The case went on to spark major discussions surrounding law enforcement's treatment of minorities in America, and, in this documentary, award-winning filmmaker Ken Burns retells the story of The Central Park Five from the perspective of the wrongly accused men. Amazon Prime users will be required to sign up to the PBS On Demand service for £3.49 per month in order to enjoy this true-crime release. But trust me, it's well worth the investment. — Sam Ramsden

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‘Ted Bundy: Falling For A Killer’
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Ted Bundy’s reputation as one of the most prolific serial killers in U.S. history still casts a long shadow. In Ted Bundy: Falling For A Killer, his former long-term girlfriend Elizabeth Kendall and her daughter Molly, as well as women who survived his attacks, speak about Bundy and his crimes. According to the Independent, Elizabeth was in a relationship with Bundy for several years in the '70s and Molly considered him a father figure. This series is important because it gives the women involved in these high-profile cases the chance to share their experiences and have their voices heard. — Aoife Hanna

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'Lorena'
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Lorena Bobbitt became famous across the globe when during a domestic dispute she cut off her husband Wayne’s penis. The story and case that followed was sensationalised and became a punchline across the globe. In this documentary we hear from both Lorena and her husband. Lorena shares her version of events that night and the alleged vile physical and emotional abuse she suffered at the hands of her husband, while Wayne gives his side of the story, offering fascinating dual insight into one of history's most famous true crime cases. — Aoife Hanna

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'The Radical Story Of Patty Hearst'

The Radical Story Of Patty Hearst is the unique tale of a kidnapped American Heiress who, while in captivity, transitioned into a life of terrorism. The Guardian reports that Hearst, the granddaughter of media magnate William Randolph Hearst, was kidnapped in 1974 by a group of counterculture revolutionaries calling themselves the Symbionese Liberation Army and went on to become one of their urban guerillas. As Jeffrey Toobin, who wrote a book on the case, asks, “Is she America’s most famous crime victim, or is she the most famous rich turncoat in American history?” — Aoife Hanna

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'Unknown Male Number 1'
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Unknown Male Number 1 is the story of one of the most notorious murder cases in Italy’s recent history. Yara Gambirasio was brutally murdered at the age of 13 near her home in Italy in 2010. The crime shook the nation to its very core and led to an impassioned investigation by police and lead prosecutor Letizia Ruggeri. The investigation and criminal case which followed relied solely on one piece of DNA evidence, that of a single unknown male. Speaking to the BBC, the film’s director Hugo Berkley said he was shocked to learn how “interpretive much of that science is.” This film is heartbreaking as well as being a fascinating insight into the use of DNA as evidence in criminal trials. — Aoife Hanna

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'Free Meek'
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Free Meek is the story of Philadelphia rapper Meek Mill and his ongoing battle with the U.S. justice system following a disputed conviction back in 2007. According to Time, in Jan. 2007, Meek (real name Robert Rihmeek Williams) was arrested on his doorstep and faced 19 drug, firearms, and assault charges. Owing to financial limitations at the time, he chose to go for a judge-only trial and, despite there being little evidence of his guilt, he received a two-year prison sentence. This documentary isn’t focussed solely on his conviction, however, but the eight years of probation he endured that saw him trapped in a decade of legal strife including even more prison time. This documentary looks at institutional racism and the need for reform in the U.S. justice system, with Meek choosing to use his fame and success to become a voice for those less fortunate than him. Jay Z, who owns Roc Nation, the label that signed Meek and also made the show, features in the series. — Aoife Hanna

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