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45 Best True Crime Documentaries Streaming In 2023

True crime documentaries are experiencing perhaps their biggest boom period –- especially due to the presence of streaming. The worlds of novels and podcasts have also been swimming in content dedicated to crimes and notorious figures. This year alone Netflix released a new true crime documentary film or miniseries every month since December 2020. Being a true crime fan has gone from being a small niche interest to a widespread hobby for many people.

But it isn't just Netflix as various platforms and streaming services have made true crime a consistent part of their content output. Even giving documentaries released prior to this year a larger platform and thus bringing new eyes to them. Whether it's due to their editing, the shocking nature of the content, or their political relevance, these are some true crime docs worth your time and attention.

Updated on September 28, 2023: The world of true crime is a fascinating one, and as long as people break the law, there will be documentaries telling these wild stories. So check back here monthly as we keep you up to date on the very best true crime documentaries out there.

Allen v. Farrow - Max

Woody Allen's alleged sexual abuse of his daughter had been a well known topic well before this HBO documentary series came out. But upon release, "Allen v. Farrow" introduced many new eyes to the complicated and often disturbing actions of the once celebrated director. The series features old home videos and various interviews with family members, the most damning being Dylan Farrow, Allen's accuser. It's a very unpleasant, very warts-and-all look at a very disturbing and murky situation.

American Manhunt: The Boston Marathon Bombing - Netflix

Having previously directed "Zion" and "Untold: Malice at the Palace," documentaries about a wrestler and an NBA arena skirmish respectively, documentarian Floyd Russ once again delves into a deep and fascinating story that begins with a sport. "American Manhunt: The Boston Marathon Bombing" is a meticulous, compelling, and moving documentary about the terrorist bombing at the finish line of the 2013 Boston Marathon. Through first-hand interviews with witnesses, victims, and investigators, this documentary details how local and federal authorities were able to find and apprehend the responsible parties through digital media analysis and called-in tips. All the while, the documentary captures the remarkable "Boston Strong" moment, when the city willingly shut down and came together as one to allow law enforcement to catch the bombers.

American Murder: The Family Next Door - Netflix

Sometimes the most heinous crimes can occur right under our own noses, leaving us none the wiser until it's too late. Told via the use of archived family footage, text messages and law enforcement recordings, we learn the story of the Watts family murders. The documentary, for the sake of dramatic pacing, doesn't reveal the truth of Chris Watts — the father — having committed the murders until the latter half of the film. It's a haunting look at just how families can fall apart and the most heinous crimes can occur in peaceful suburbia.

American Pain - Max

The United States is in the midst of an opioid crisis, and "American Pain" seeks to figure out how and why that deadly prescription drug epidemic ever developed. It's the story of a pair of identical twin Florida bodybuilders, Christopher and Jeffrey George, who — after getting into steroids and committing various petty crimes (for which they received little punishment on account of their connected family) — exploited the many loopholes of state law to open a chain of pain treatment clinics. They quickly became wealthy through questionable and quasi-legal means, operating a series of facilities that pulled in a regional clientele by offering powerful painkillers with almost no questions asked. The Georges' brazen actions would eventually catch up to them, of course, but not after wrecking all kinds of business, medical, and personal havoc throughout Florida.

Bad Vegan: Fame. Fraud. Fugitives. - Netflix

A strange, dark story involving large-scale theft, fake identities, elaborate cons, and even a supernatural element, "Bad Vegan" is a hard to believe but totally true documentary series that began long ago in a place of good intentions and stated purity. Sarma Melngailis used to run Pure Food and Wine, a highly regarded New York City restaurant where everything on the menu was both completely free of meat and animal products and organic too. Then Melngailis fell in love and married Shane Fox and brought him into the business. However, he wasn't really a curious businessman with an interest in healthy, sustainable living. He was actually a con artist named Anthony Strangis, who somehow convinced his wife to illegally hand over millions of dollars from Pure Food and Wine's coffers into his personal accounts because he claimed he could use the money to entice mystical forces into granting her dog eternal life.

Beware the Slenderman - Max

Born on the Something Awful forums of the 2010s, Slenderman quickly became a widespread symbol of homegrown internet horror. Sadly, his legacy will always be intertwined with the unfortunate story of Anissa Weier and Morgan Geyser. The documentary details how the duo stabbed their friend Payton Leutner 19 times and left her for dead in the woods. In the latter half of the documentary it's shown how the two — despite their young age — were tried and convicted as adults for their actions. It's a fascinating and sobering look at not only the rise of the Slenderman mythos, but also at an unfortunate crime. 

Captive Audience: A Real American Horror Story - Hulu

Sad, sordid, and horrific, "Captive Audience: A Real American Horror Story" will haunt viewers with its harrowing tale of a family that endured unspeakable crimes, both as victims and as helpless outsiders. The story begins in 1972, when 7-year-old Steven Stayner disappears from near his home in Merced, California. While the worst was predicted by many, Steven was actually living with his captors, forgetting most details of his old life and old family, and he was reunited at the age of 14. His high-profile kidnapping case captivated the region, but things took a major turn when it was revealed the area — spoiler alert if you want to stay relatively in the dark — had also been terrorized by Steven's brother, Cary, by all accounts a vicious serial killer.

Capturing the Killer Nurse - Netflix

"Capturing the Killer Nurse" is a true crime documentary like many others — but what makes this story particularly unnerving is that it's about a criminal who committed their heinous acts in public, in a supposedly safe place. Between 1988 and 2003, Charles Cullen worked as a nurse in multiple New Jersey medical facilities, often in the intensive care unit. He confessed to a few dozen murders, but may have committed hundreds. As the police and investigators associated with the case attest in the documentary, it's tough to catch perpetrators of medical homicide, let alone prove what they did. Cullen nearly got away with his crimes — until he got caught in the act. Adding another complex level to this psychological profile is the fact that Cullen thought he was helping the dying and ill.

The Central Park Five - Hoopla, Kanopy

In the world of documentary filmmaking there is perhaps no name more respected than Ken Burns, and for good reason. From topics such as complicated wars to important historical figures to significant athletes the man has seemingly covered it all. Released in 2012 and co-directed with his daughter Sarah, the documentary details the people and events involved in the Central Park Jogger case of 1989. It benefits heavily from Burns's signature usage of archival footage and photographs used to fully immerse the viewers in the flow of events. It's as important a story now as it was back then, and this documentary showcases it perfectly and with ample craftsmanship. 

Cocaine Bear: The True Story - Peacock

It's one of the wildest hit comedies of recent years, and yet somehow "Cocaine Bear" is also based — very loosely — on real events. "Cocaine Bear: The True Story" is a period crime doc that examines a previously obscure story set at the intersection of drug smuggling and humanity's encroachment on nature. Back in the mid-1980s, a drug enforcement officer and lawyer named Drew Thornton headed up a cocaine smuggling ring. After releasing parcels of drugs from a small plane over rural Georgia, he jumped out himself and died in a parachute mishap. Later on, a bear who died of an apparent overdose was discovered in the Chattahoochee National Forest, and the curious "Cocaine Bear: The True Story" effectively pieces together and re-creates the true crime tale that inspired the film.

Cocaine Cowboys: The Kings of Miami - Netflix

"Cocaine Cowboys: The Kings of Miami" –- a six part Netflix documentary series –- tells the story of Sal Magluta and Willy Falcon. The duo's actions are still regarded as one of Florida's most well known cocaine operations. The series showcases their reign as drug kingpins of Miami — from their rise to the top to their eventual fall. If you are a fan of "Narcos" or "Breaking Bad," this tightly edited true story is most definitely for you.

Evil Genius: The True Story of America's Most Diabolical Bank Heist - Netflix

"Evil Genius" details the death of Brian Wells, which occurred during what many refer to as the "pizza bomber" case. This is due to Wells, a pizza delivery man, being forced to commit the crime via an explosive bomb strapped to his neck. It's a story you'd swear sounded 100% like Hollywood fiction, but it's real, and this documentary discusses it from every unbelievable angle. Loaded with actual footage and images of the shocking events, with actual audio recordings and sobering testimonials.

Fyre Fraud - Hulu

"Fyre Fraud" unravels the inside story of the infamous Fyre Festival's spectacular collapse. Told by some of the people who helped promote and set up the 2017 non-starter of an event, "Fyre Fraud" is both a step-by-step account of how everything that could go wrong did, as well as a true crime documentary unveiling just how much of an intricate and bold scam the whole thing may have been. Organizers promised a weekend-long festival of A-list acts and luxurious accommodations. Instead, they stranded paying customers on an island with no food or water.

Girl in the Picture - Netflix

A woman named Tonya Hughes is found dying on a roadside, ostensibly the victim of a hit-and-run accident. But when authorities conduct a standard investigation into foul play, they don't find any evidence of murder, but they do uncover a massive web of awful crimes and secrets that go back decades. "Girl in the Picture" unfolds slowly as it works backward, piecing together the complicated identity of Hughes and her disturbing relationship with her dangerous husband. And then there's the extra, alarming wrinkle of how the 2-year-old son of Hughes disappeared, along with his father, after that car accident.

The Hatchet Wielding Hitchhiker - Netflix

The title of "The Hatchet Wielding Hitchhiker" makes it sound like a horror movie or a spooky campfire story. That's because it basically is — only it's true. In 2013, Kai McGillvary, a self-identified "home-free" nomad, became a viral sensation after saving a woman from a deadly assault and giving a colorful TV interview. The reality television industry came calling, but he wasn't much interested. Then the story took a twist: McGillvary was arrested for an especially violent death. Authorities say it was murder, McGillvary claimed self-defense. Where does the truth lie? That's what this documentary is here to find out, by untangling the intersection between media, crime, perception, and notoriety.

I Love You, Now Die - Max

"I Love You, Now Die: The Commonwealth Vs. Michelle Carter" is a two part documentary focusing on the death of Conrad Roy. Split into two parts -– "The Prosecution" and "The Defense" -– the documentary goes into detail about how Michelle Carter's texts influenced Roy's suicide. The documentary doesn't choose to fully paint Michelle as a villain — never condoning her actions, but offering elaborations on her mental state. It's far from a pleasant watch, but it's still a riveting look at a tragic and complicated situation in which there were no true winners. Directed by Erin Lee Carr -– the same director behind "Mommy Dead and Dearest" –- the documentary pulls zero punches in discussing a very uncomfortable subject matter. 

I'll Be Gone in the Dark - Max

"I'll Be Gone in the Dark" centers around the Golden State Killer, a man who terrorized California throughout the 1970s and 1980s and eluded capture for decades. But "I'll Be Gone in the Dark" isn't just about his crimes — it's also about the tireless efforts of pioneering true crime blogger, author, and victim rights crusader Michelle McNamara, who finally brought the Golden State Killer to justice through her exhaustive investigation.

  • Director: Elizabeth Wolff, Liz Garbus, Myles Kane, Josh Koury
  • Year: 2020
  • Runtime: 7 episodes
  • Rating: TV-MA
  • Rotten Tomatoes Score: 96%

The Jinx: The Life and Deaths of Robert Durst - Max

Real estate heir Robert Durst's attorneys kept him out of prison for years, despite overwhelming evidence and an admission of guilt that he committed multiple murders. Durst is cold and aloof as he recounts the disappearance of his wife, his close friend's murder (right before she planned to tell police Durst killed his wife), and the fact that he managed to escape justice — for a while, anyway. "The Jinx" is a fascinating, unsettling character study, made all the more unnerving when Durst basically incriminates himself.

John Wayne Gacy: Devil in Disguise - Peacock

John Wayne Gacy is among history's more notorious serial killers. His name is often mentioned in the same conversations as Ted Bundy or Jeffrey Dahmer. Peacock clearly understood just how fascinating Gacy is which is why they released "John Wayne Gacy: Devil in Disguise" in 2021. His crimes are made even more disturbing when you learn he was a beloved and trusted member of his community. He was so trusted, in fact, that he would often dress as his persona of Pogo the Clown for children's birthday parties.

The Keepers - Netflix

Who killed Sister Cathy? That is the question that the Netflix documentary "The Keepers" asks over the course of its runtime. The seven episode documentary series takes a look at the murder of nun Catherine Cesnik back in the late 60s. The series, unfortunately, does not end with the reveal of Cathy's murderer, as they were never caught. It instead showcases the ripple effect it had on the people around Cathy. The documentary features interviews with friends, family, fellow students and key investigators who all elaborate on these multilayered events. 

The Lady and the Dale - Max

This documentary focuses on the life and times of Elizabeth Carmichael –- founder of the Twentieth Century Motor Car Corporation. Creator of a car known as "The Dale," Elizabeth's life was rife with scrutiny and controversy in regards to her own past. The documentary does a good job at showcasing Carmichael's rise prominence while also spotlighting her various identities, marriages and legal issues. Using archival material such as photos and audio recordings — combined with animation and photo collages — "The Lady and the Dale" paints a succinct picture of the story.

Last Call: When a Serial Killer Stalked Queer New York - Max

LGBTQ+ people of the early 1990s found a safe haven in New York City's gay bars. But that feeling of community was violently stripped away when a great number of men started disappearing, followed by the emergence of their brutalized remains. Over four tense and compelling episodes, "Last Call" looks back on this dark and frightening time, with contributions from the people who lived through it, lost loved ones, and fought hard against a bigoted general population and authorities who didn't seem to care if the killer — clearly targeting gay men — was ever identified or apprehended.

The Lesson is Murder - Hulu

An unsettling and fascinating mash-up of true crime anthology series with procedural drama, "The Lesson is Murder" follows former FBI profiler Dr. Bryanna Fox, now a professor of criminology at the University of South Florida, as she trains a small group of students in the ways of tracking and understanding murderers and their motives. Each of the three episodes focuses on a different, little-known, and difficult-to-solve case, including a nurse who killed patients, a former police officer who hired a hitman, and a sex worker turned criminal mastermind.

  • Producers: Lisa Q. Wolfinger, Shawn Cuddy, Rushmore DeNooyer
  • Year: 2023
  • Runtime: 3 episodes
  • Rating: NR
  • Rotten Tomatoes Score: 80%

Love Fraud - Amazon Prime, Showtime

Unlike most true crime documentaries, which are told by curious but ultimately external filmmakers, "Love Fraud" is an on-screen crusade. Directors Heidi Ewing and Rachel Grady depict the stories of the many women done wrong by Richard Scott Smith, a scam artist who charmed his way into their lives, married them — some simultaneously and under fake names — and robbed them of their life savings and credit. Then, the filmmakers hire a bounty hunter to find Smith, and hopefully allow his victims to bring him to justice.

LuLaRich - Amazon Prime

Not all true crime needs to focus on sickening murders. Sometimes uncovering deceit and financial theft is more than enough. Founded in 2012 by DeAnne Brady and her husband Mark Stidham, LuLaRoe is a multi-level marketing company that sells women's clothing. However, this documentary series released via Amazon Prime investigates the company's shady business practices and exposes it as a pyramid scheme. Despite the truth of their operation being exposes LuLaRoe is still very much an active business. The series talks with people inside LuLaRoe and people on the outside investigating it. The slick editing and great pacing it makes for a great watch. 

Making a Murderer - Netflix

"Making a Murderer" is one of the most noteworthy true crime docuseries of the past few years. It's the story of Steve Avery, a Wisconsin man who falsely served 18 years in prison for the attempted murder of Penny Beerntsen. It shows that a documentary series can be just as, if not more enthralling, than a fictional serialized drama, as long as the subject matter is captivating enough. Clocking in at two seasons, the series is a meticulously researched and tightly edited look at the failings of the justice system.

McMillions - Max

"McMillions" and "LuLaRoe" would honestly make for a great double feature. The miniseries focuses on the now infamous scam Monopoly promotion run by McDonald's for over a decade. Based on the famous Hasbro board game, the contest promised various large cash prizes — none of which were ever won legitimately. It goes into massive detail about this incredible scam run amok. It's far from graphic or disturbing, but it definitely excels due to its exemplary editing and stimulating subject matter.

Mind Over Murder - Max

In 1985, as HBO's six-part miniseries "Mind Over Murder" tells viewers, 68-year-old Helen Wilson was assaulted and murdered in the small town of Beatrice, Nebraska. Six people were subsequently implicated, tried, and imprisoned for the crime, with nearly all of them having confessed. What makes this a truly strange and compelling story is that they were all exonerated by DNA evidence in 2009 — none of the people who did time for the crime, despite their confessions and the authorities' insistence on their guilt — could have done it. 

"Mind Over Murder" follows the case from its beginnings, through the trials and into the present day, with the population of Beatrice still so fractured by the matter that it stages a documentary theater project to work out their feelings. It's a truly odd tale of true crime and also one about the mysteries of human psychology and criminology.

Mommy Dead and Dearest - Max

If you've seen "The Act," starring Joey King and Patricia Arquette, then you'll be familiar with the events surrounding Gypsy Rose Blanchard. However, this feature length documentary shows that truth is most definitely stranger than fiction, showcasing the story in its stomach churning entirety. It details the sinister machinations of Gypsy's Mother Dee Dee, and what led to her murder in 2015. Also detailed in the documentary is the topic of Munchausen syndrome by proxy, how Dee Dee was a textbook case of it, and how Gypsy was a victim of it. If you found interest in the dramatization, then this documentary is most definitely required viewing.

The Most Dangerous Animal of All - Hulu

In this four-part adaptation of the true crime memoir "The Most Dangerous Animal of All," Gary L. Stewart attempts to identify and locate the biological parents who gave him up for adoption. In the course of his research, Stewart makes a horrific discovery: His father may have been the Zodiac Killer, the infamous murderer who terrorized Northern California and taunted police with cryptograms in the late 1960s. Stewart enlists the help of a true crime author and a private investigator to not only find his father, but possibly also solve one of American law enforcement's longest-standing murder mysteries.

Murdaugh Murders: A Southern Scandal - Netflix

Alex Murdaugh's murder trial is one of the more lurid and headline-grabbing legal proceedings in recent memory. The Netflix documentary series "Murdaugh Murders: A Southern Scandal" lays out the whole story, showing how and why things went so shockingly wrong for a once-prominent South Carolina family synonymous with the law and court system. A young woman named Mallory Beach died in a boat accident, and an out-of-control Paul Murdaugh seemed to blame. Some time later, Paul Murdaugh and his mother Maggie were found savagely killed. Patriarch Alex Murdaugh was arrested and tried for the crime. As "Murdaugh Murders" unfolds, a number of other crimes, going back many years, come to light. This family is complicated, to say the least, and it makes this series fascinating.

Murder Among the Mormons - Netflix

In the mid-80s, Salt Lake City found itself rocked by a series of bombings carried by Mark Hofmann. He sent out three bombs to three separate people in the Salt Lake City area, resulting in two deaths — the third bomb going off by accident in Hofmann's own car. The documentary goes into detail about the various crimes that led to these bombings, including rampant counterfeiting and forgery. If you hadn't heard of these shocking events, then it would benefit you to give it a watch. Mark Hofmann doesn't get much mention alongside figures like Ted Bundy or Jeffrey Dahmer, but his story is still an immensely fascinating one.

The Mystery of D.B. Cooper - Max

On November 24, 1971, a man who has become known as D.B. Cooper threatened the crew and passengers of a commercial flight, and then, with the fortune he demanded on his person, parachuted into the dark, chilly forest below, never to be seen again. "The Mystery of D.B. Cooper" doesn't explore the crime itself, so much as the legend of the hijacker. Built around interviews with people who think they once knew someone who very well could have been D.B. Cooper incognito, these stories are convincing and even credible.

The Puppet Master: Hunting the Ultimate Conman - Netflix

By exploring multiple time periods and slowly revealing connections between them, "The Puppet Master" tells the story of a con artist as audacious as he is deceptive. In 1993, a bartender named Rob convinced a British college student that he was actually an MI5 agent, a friend's suicide was related to a campus terrorist cell, and they had to hit the road for their own safety. Flash-forward a few years and miles away to the Clifton family, where divorced Sandra was romanced by a rich guy named Dave, who bought her a car and drove a wedge between her and her grown children. Spoiler: Rob and Dave are the same guy, and he's not in prison.

Sasquatch - Hulu

While working as a fringe investigative journalist in the 1990s, David Holthouse was privy to an odd and frightening night in the remote forests of Northern California. Someone wound up brutally murdered, and witnesses were convinced it was the work of Sasquatch, aka Bigfoot, the forest monster of legend. In "Sasquatch," Holthouse tries to piece together the who, what, and why of the bizarre murder. In doing so, he delves into a secretive community in the area, where former hippies dropped out of society and illegally farmed marijuana. This created a violent and complicated culture and a drug war that raged for decades — one more enigmatic and brutal than even Sasquatch.

Sins of Our Mother - Netflix

Lori Vallow once lived a fairly normal American existence, residing in Arizona with her husband and their three children. Now, according to "Sins of Our Mother," she's in prison, awaiting trial on murder and conspiracy to murder in the deaths of four people, including two of her own children. 

In this three-part Netflix series, Lori's only surviving child, Colby Ryan, tries to help filmmakers figure out what went so tragically wrong in his mother's life, and it all hinges on her involvement with Chad Daybell, a man who believed that he and Vallow could see the good and bad spirits that lived inside of people and that the way to vanquish the bad ones was to kill the bodies in which they resided. "Sins of Our Mother" is a shocking, sad story about the power of belief and the darkness that can reside in just about anybody.

The Staircase - Netflix

Before its Netflix release in 2018, "The Staircase" began life as French miniseries by Jean-Xavier de Lestrade released in 2004. The series looks at the trial of Michael Peterson, who was convicted of murdering his wife Kathleen back in 2001. The title is based upon Michael's claim that a drunken Kathleen has fallen down the stairs resulting in her death. Lestrade, the director, was given the keys to the kingdom in terms of information and assets — being present for and allowed to film the entirety of the trial. If you have yet to hear the story of Kathleen Peterson's death, then this expertly crafted documentary will provide you with ample information.

Sophie: A Murder in West Cork - Netflix

This is one of many true crime stories so infamous that it made its way into our consciousness here in the United States — despite taking place over seas. French televsion producer Sophie Toscan du Plantier was murdered outside her vacation property in the winter of 1996. It was detailed that upon the discovery of her body in a laneway by her house, her face was so disfigured she couldn't be identified by her neighbors. It's a shocking story steeped in death and controversy about how a small community was forever changed by one horrific event.

Stolen Youth: Inside the Cult at Sarah Lawrence - Hulu

An unsettling and surprising look at the factors that lead to dangerous cults, "Stolen Youth" explores one that formed at prestigious Sarah Lawrence College. In 2010, an adult man named Larry Ray moved into his daughter's dorm. He insinuated himself into the lives of her friends as a spiritual guide and wise mentor. Within a year, he built a sizable following, and convinced his acolytes to break ties with loved ones. This was just the beginning. "Stolen Youth" examines the development of cult abuse, as well as Larry Ray's fall at the hands of law enforcement, which took nearly a decade.

Strong Island - Netflix

Long Island is no stranger to tragic and controversial events, one of the most famous being the Amityville murders of the 70s.  But the tragic story that more should know about is the 1992 murder of William Ford at the hands of a mechanic named Mark P. Reilly. It's a documentary that discusses not only William's life and death, but the severe injustice that followed, from which the family is still reeling. The documentary — directed by Ford's own brother Yance -– is far from an easy sit, but it's a necessary one especially amidst current racially charged issues.

Tales of the Grim Sleeper - AMC+

Currently available on Amazon Prime, "Tales of The Grim Sleeper" showcases the story of Lonnie David Franklin Jr. AKA The Grim Sleeper. From 1984 to 2007 in Los Angeles, California, the Grim Sleeper claimed ten victims — taking a break from 1988 to 2002. The director talks with both friends and neighbors about Franklin, getting a clearer picture of just who he really was. It's a very by the numbers true crime documentary, but the subject matter is intriguing enough to warrant a recommendation. 

  • Director: Nick Broomfield, Barney Broomfield, Marc Hoeferlin
  • Year: 2014
  • Runtime: 110 minutes
  • Rating: TV-MA
  • Rotten Tomatoes Score: 100%

The Tinder Swindler - Netflix

Every day, countless people use Tinder to find romance. But one never really knows who they'll be spending an evening (or more) with, beyond what they offer up about themselves. That dangerous uncertainty is at the heart of "The Tinder Swindler," a serious documentary with a funny name about a con artist who found his marks via the world's most famous dating app. Tinder users like Cecilie Fjellhøy, one of his victims, matched up with a charming, good-looking, wealthy businessman. Of course, the titular swindler isn't really a rich power player — but by the time Fjellhøy (and the man's many other victims) figured that out, he'd stolen a lot of their money through a series of subtle and sophisticated deceptions.

Who Killed Garrett Phillips? - Max

"Who Killed Garrett Phillips?" tells the tragic story of 12-year-old Garrett Phillips, who was murdered in his own home back in 2011. The man blamed for the crime was Oral "Nick" Hillary, who was accused by the predominantly white community of Potsdam, New York. The two part documentary looks at the details of the case itself and just what Hillary was subjected to during and after the trial. Much like some other documentaries on this list, it's a harsh reminder of the danger that can be done by the court of public opinion — which, in this case, was intensified by immense racial biases. 

Who Killed Robert Wone? - Peacock

This Peacock documentary looks at a shocking murder that remains as mysterious and unsolved nearly 20 years after the fact. In 2006, a man in Washington, D.C., called 911 to report a home invasion turned attack. When authorities and medics arrived, the homeowner's friend, a local attorney named Robert Wone, was dead by stabbing. "Who Killed Robert Wone?" tries to figure out the culprit and motive for the murder, which is a curious case on account of the reportedly overly calm witnesses who called in the crime, Wone's lack of defensive wounds, and Wone's associates blocking the investigation from proceeding. The documentary isn't only a riveting true-crime murder mystery but an examination of how the genre itself can skew the truth and public opinion.

Wild Wild Country - Netflix

The phrase "truth is stranger than fiction" has been used quite few times during this list, and for very good reason. This is most definitely the case for "Wild Wild Country." It covers the shocking events concerning the Guru Bhagwan Shree Rajneesh, who garnered an immense following during the '70s and founded the community of Rajneeshpuram in Oregon. This six part Netflix series is packed to the brim with first hand accounts, and ample archival footage — all used to shocking effect. If the story of Bhagwan Shree Rajneesh has flown under your radar, we highly recommend giving this one a watch.