8 Gripping True Crime Shows and Documentaries To Watch On Netflix Right Now

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Remember 2016’s widespread hype over Making A Murderer? Come on, how could we forget?! The series was full of twists, turns and absolute shockers, keeping us all hooked for 10 episodes of craziness – all of which was actually real life.

If you were a big fan, we’re here to tell you that there’s plenty more where that came from on Netflix. The streaming service is full to the brim with fascinating (and some down right disturbing) cases, from one-off documentaries to full-on series. So if you’re looking for your next true crime fix, look no further than a few of these gems.

The Keepers

Get ready to go on a real riiiiide with this one. The Keepers starts as a story of a missing nun, soon uncovering a whole world of abuse and manipulation throughout a catholic community. You’ll be shocked and disgusted all at once, but so glad you watched it.


The Hunting Ground

Scoring a huge 92% rating on Rotten Tomatoes and containing a specially recorded single ‘Til It Happens To You’ by Lady Gaga.  This is a controversial documentary film that details the epidemic of sexual assault on US college campuses and the the school officials’ efforts to cover up the crimes.

Amanda Knox

Many of us will remember the high profile murder case involving Amanda Knox and the way she was portrayed by the media as a thirsty foreigner, resulting in her four-year imprisonment. This gripping documentary puts the whole debacle under the microscope, led by Amanda herself.

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Evil Genius

This series is short with only four episodes but it will have you hooked from the start.  It tells the story of how pizza delivery man, Brian Wells blew up while in police custody for bank robbery.  Wells had a bomb locked around his neck and it is unclear whether he was a hostage forced to commit the robbery or not.  Then it gets weirder from there.

Casting JonBenet

A unique take on a true crime documentary, this one-off special auditions young girls to play 6-year-old murdered pageant queen JonBenet Ramsey, all while unpacking the suspicious circumstances surrounding her tragic and gruesome death.

Audrie & Daisy

Prepare to feel all the anger while watching this doc. It follows the story of two girls sexually assaulted in their small hometown, with explicit images of one attack shared across social media, eventually leading the victim to take her own life. It puts victim-blaming and sexual abuse front and centre of the modern-day crime conversation.

The Confession Tapes

A fascinating eye into the American justice system. This docu-series focuses on six recorded confessions from suspects of six separate homicide cases, each of which claims they were forced by prosecutors to make. Rather than focusing deeply on each crime. The seven episodes look at how suspects are treated and manipulated by police into confessing to crimes they may have not actually committed.

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The Staircase

Get ready to make this your new true crime obsession. Premiering on Netflix on 8th June, The Staircase follows the story of crime novelist Michael Peterson and the death of his wife Kathleen, who allegedly died from falling down the stairs while drunk. However, it soon unfurls that her injuries aren’t consistent with a fall, so… who did it?