Netflix True Crime series – our pick of the top 9 shows to enjoy

Posted on 4 February 2022
By Emma Carter
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Whether you love gleaming inside knowledge from world famous murders or enjoy being terrified from the comfort your own sofa, knowing justice will prevail… Netflix knows you can’t get enough of True Crime stories.

Here is a selection of the nine best shocking stories available to watch right now.

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

You shouldn’t let the jokey nature of the title deceive you, as the power of the internet is showcased in this docuseries.

Communicating through Facebook, a group of amateur detectives obsessively hunt down a man killing kittens.

Luka Magnotta gained international notoriety in 2010 for sharing videos of his ruthless actions online.

The construction and narrative of each episode is flawless and grips you. After its exclusive release on Netflix in 2019 the documentary won an Emmy Award for ‘outstanding writing for a nonfiction program.’

Night Stalker: The Hunt for a Serial Killer

By far one of the scariest of its kind, this documentary is not for the faint hearted.

Featuring sinister footage, it tells the story California’s most feared killer that roamed free for over 20 years.

Responsible for a variety of heinous crimes, Richard Ramirez is de-glamourized from the infamous reputation he once had.

The four-part series constantly keeps you hooked with fear, while relishing in the few heroes of the story.

The lack of similarity between the victims is completely unnerving and has left a lasting impression on many.

Athlete A

Following the facts and effects of arguably the world’s most emotional sporting scandal, the events in this story are a lot to take in.

The culture inside the USA Gymnastics is shown to be toxic and dangerous as it’s allowed its young athletes to be sexually abused by Dr Larry Nassar.

How many found the strength and continued to fight for their dream as famous gymnasts, is astonishing.

Like others on this list Athlete A received an Emmy Award, this time for ‘outstanding investigative documentary.’

Conversations with a Killer: The Ted Bundy Tapes

Ted Bundy is a household name for all the wrong reasons. He is the most famous serial killer and this documentary probes his disturbed mind through exclusive, never-before-heard interviews from the killer himself.

Although it unearths nothing new about Bundy or the crimes he committed; it provides his deluded version of events, which is compared with the facts that expose his evil ways.

Crime Scene: The Vanishing at the Cecil Hotel

This chilling series tells the story of Elisa Lam, a 21-year-old student that went missing on a solo trip around California.

She was staying at the the infamous hotel, which has been the scene of a large number of crimes.

If that didn’t creep you out enough, this hotel was also home to the Night Stalker and provides useful context to his surroundings.

The last sighting of her was going in to an elevator, seeming erratic. The documentary chaotically guides you through an astonishing amount of conspiracy theories based on the CCTV footage.

Wild Wild Country

It’s hard at times to believe this story is true, as it seems perfectly constructed for a novel.

A controversial guru builds a utopian city in the Oregon desert. This docuseries accounts the conflict with local ranchers, which leads to the first bioterror attack in the US.

This case also involves an extraordinary instance of illegal wiretapping.

Wild Wild Country is highly rated by audiences and won an Emmy Award for ‘outstanding documentary or nonfiction series’ in 2018.

Jeffrey Epstein: Filthy Rich

Fuelled by stories from survivors, this four-part docuseries examines how convicted sex offender Jeffrey Epstein used his wealth and power to carry out his abuse on an unprecedented scale.

This shocking exposé will leave you with a wealth of knowledge and a heavy heart.

The nefarious web of abuse created by Epstein, becomes clear through emotional testimonies and presentation of details.

Arriving just a year after Epstein’s death in 2019, the documentary unfortunately, doesn’t yet provide a fulfilled ending. However, a second season is possible.

Turning Point

Although there are many documentaries covering the horrific 9/11 attacks in New York, this is incredibly educational.

It went beyond covering the events of the attack, but supplied context about its causing factors.

The high quality of editing ensures clarity while this re-inspection happens.

The five-part docuseries released in 2021, to mark the 20-year anniversary of the attacks, has received a high IMDb rating of 8/10.

The Ripper

Most Netflix documentary cases happen to take place in America, but not this one.

Investigators and witnesses recall the Yorkshire Ripper murders, which cast a great shadow over the North of England in the late 1970s.

The well-paced style allows it to be sensationalised and consistently interesting. The way victims were treated because of their status in society is frustrating and the fear women held at that time, was well represented.