The 5 Best Netflix True Crime Shows You Haven’t Watched
There are a lot of popular Netflix true crime documentaries. But here are a few true crime docs that probably flew under your radar
Who doesn’t love a good true crime documentary? Facts are always stranger than fiction, and we can’t get enough of stories of the sickest and weirdest people and their bizarre crimes. Despite losing a lot of viewers, Netflix is the undisputed king of the true-crime doc. But Forget Tiger King or Making A Murderer. Everyone has watched those. These are the Netflix true-crime documentaries you probably missed that are worthy of your attention.
Best Netflix True Crime Documentaries You Need To Watch
There are so many fun options for true crime fanatics who want to dive into some of the deep depravity from serial killers to the mob. Here are our picks for the best true crime on Netflix.
Night Stalker: The Hunt For a Serial Killer
Richard Ramirez was one of California’s most notorious serial criminals. From Spring 1984 to Summer 1895, the “Night Stalker” terrorized California with a string of murders and robberies. The Hunt for a Serial Killer tells a story with interviews, archive footage, and reenactments of a man who helped an entire state in a state of terror.
Thirty Four Years Ago Today, Richard Ramirez ‘The Nightstalker’ Was Captured in Boyle Heights | NBC Southern California https://t.co/0L8dfP7bh2
— LA Not So Confidential (@LAnotsopod) August 31, 2019
Worst Roommate Ever
A series documenting some people who you’d never want to live with. The series dives into people who move into your house and then try to kill you.
All of the stories are wild, but the craziest story is the one of Dorthea Puente, aka the Deathouse Land Lady, Dorothea Puente.
Puente’s killing spree began in 1982, when she began renting out her apartment in Sacramento, California. Puente would take in old men and occasionally drug addicts, sleep them off, and then suffocate them or poison them. She’d cash their social security checks and keep the
— Walahi I have no idea 🚶 (@IceBerggx) April 19, 2022
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Another odd fact? Someone currently lives in the house where Puente murdered seven people to scam their Social Security checks.
Went by Dorothea Puente house where the murders took place and someone actually lives in there #WorstRoommateEver pic.twitter.com/TaLkr8ZZSD
— mosleyLovehall 222 (@ThuugLovee) April 25, 2022
With Russia in the news, it’s as good a time as ever to watch the story that exposed the largest cheating operation in sports history. The Oscar Winnings Icarus begins as an amateur cyclist experimenting with PEDs to become a better competitor.
Cycling doping documentary ‘Icarus’ wins Oscar | https://t.co/BPNrDX0KA2 pic.twitter.com/aXgHwg1Woo
— Cycling Weekly (@cyclingweekly) March 5, 2018
The story takes a wild turn as the documentarian interviews Russia’s top doping scientist and inadvertently stumbles upon Russia doping their way to gold medals at the Sochi Winter Olympics.
A documentary! When Bryan sets out to uncover the truth about doping in sports, a chance meeting with a Russian scientist transforms his story from a personal experiment into a geopolitical thriller.#DocumentaryThursdays#FunzVideo pic.twitter.com/eqHe5wrI0y
— Kinetic® (@KaineticEric) January 27, 2022
Fear City: New York City Vs. The Mob
The Mob ran New York City in the 1970s and 80s. It wasn’t until a multi-department task force worked together to take down the mob. Using archival footage, interviews, and law enforcement recordings, it tells the story of how cops took down the Mafia in New York and destroyed the Five Families.
Jimmy Saville: A British Horror Story
Jimmy Saville isn’t a name well-known in America. But in the UK, Saville was one of the most famous faces. Known for his children’s programming and massive philanthropy, Saville became one of the UK’s most beloved celebrities.
But behind all of that was a dark secret. He was one of the nation’s most prolific child molesters. An inquiry suggested that Saville molested as many as 589 people of all ages, primarily young girls.
The Netflix documentary on Jimmy Saville is an indictment of the British establishment and its decades-long collusion with one of the world’s most prolific sexual abusers of children.
The archive footage is shocking. He barely even hid it. He said it openly on national TV!
— Asa Winstanley (@AsaWinstanley) April 8, 2022
A British Horror Story tells Saville’s story and asks how someone was allowed to get away with such heinous crimes for as long as he did, even when he seemed to hint or even bag about his evilness in public darkly.
I’m watching that Jimmy Saville documentary, and my god.
I can’t believe they didn’t pin this guy while he was alive. The signs were there the whole time.
— JeffMovieMan! (🎂 in 7 Days) (@JeffMovieMan) April 25, 2022
Mindhunter isn’t a Netflix true-crime documentary, but it is based on real crimes. The series tells a highly fictionalized accounting of the beginnings of the FBI’s Serial Crime Unit. The David Fincher-helmed show has some dark moments as it dives into the psyches of serial killers Ed Kemper, Jerry Brudos, and Dennis Rader, aka BTK.
Netflix canceled the show after the second season, but with 19 episodes, it can be a quick long weekend binge.
Netflix deserves to plummet for not continuing Mindhunter, absolute crime pic.twitter.com/WUz4Z4hyd7
— ꪶꫀ᥊ (@LexBerglund) April 24, 2022
A rumored Season 3 would have been in LA and most likely focused on the Night Stalker, Golden State Killer, and the (multiple) Southside Stranglers.
‘Mindhunter’ Season 3 Would’ve Been Set in L.A., Says Andrew Dominik https://t.co/lZswa9b3Wd pic.twitter.com/tjtmoE89bC
— IndieWire (@IndieWire) April 21, 2022
Those are our picks for the best true crime show on Netflix! Did we miss any?
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