Have you been holed up since January 1st watching Making a Murderer on Netflix? Us too. We’re not too proud to admit it; we’ve been dodging texts from our friends, avoiding social situations and screening calls in order to find out exactly what happens to Steven Avery. But now we know, we’re not only left wanting more; we’ve also been left with a rather large void in our lives.
SEE: There Might Be A Second Series Of Making A Murderer
But don’t despair just yet. If you’re new to the true crime fan club, there are a host of documentaries and TV series to keep you occupied as you suffer the inevitable Making A Murderer withdrawal. Even better, some of them are available to stream right now. How’s that for beating the January blues?
We’ve picked our top seven choices to get you started. Just don’t blame us if they give you nightmares.
1. The Jinx: The Life and Deaths of Robert Durst (2015)
Robert Durst is a multi-millionaire suspected of multiple murders. We won’t tell you any more than that, suffice to say that you’ll want to watch all six episodes in one sitting. And watch out for the revelation in the final episode, which nobody- not even the documentary makers- saw coming.
The Jinx will be available on Sky Box Sets from 28th January, or you can watch it on NOW TV with the Entertainment Month Pass for just £6.99. Bonus.
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2. The Imposter (2012)
This BAFTA-winning documentary is about a case in 1997, in which a young French boy managed to impersonate Nicholas Barclay, a 13-year old from Texas who disappeared in 1994. It’s completely gripping and will send you spiralling into a Google deep dive as soon as it’s finished. Best of all, you can watch it on Netflix.
3. Cartel Land (2015)
4. The Central Park Five (2012)
5. Aileen: Life and Death of a Serial Killer (2003)
Remember when Charlize Theron won an Oscar for Monster? Well, she was playing serial killer Aileen Wuornos, who was executed for killing seven men between 1989 and 1990. Available on Netflix, Aileen: Life and Death of a Serial Killer examines Aileen’s declining mental state, ultimately questioning the decision to sentence her to death despite her being of unsound mind. Featuring interviews with Aileen, Nick Broomfield’s film is a follow-up to his 1993 documentary, Aileen Wuornos: The Selling of a Serial Killer (also on Netflix). Trust us when we say that both works are pretty haunting.
6. Cropsey (2009)
Another Netflix option, this is a film about the New York urban legend of ‘Cropsey’, a boogeyman-like figure who was supposed to live in the tunnels below an abandoned hospital and kidnap children. But this quickly evolves into a real crime story, examining the cases of missing children, uncovering a terrifying reality that’s far scarier than any legend. It’s been descirbed as “bone-chillingly creepy” and we’d have to agree.
7. West of Memphis (2012)
This is the riveting story of the West Memphis Three, a group of teenagers who were convicted of killing three eight-year old boys in 1993. After their conviction, questions began to arise about the case, which this film examines in detail. It’s shocking in what it reveals, and will make you want to know absolutely everything there is to know about this famous crime. Watch it now on Netflix.
8. The Pusher (2016)
This one-off documentary studies the mysterious recovery of over 80 bodies from Manchester’s canals and rivers (mainly around the city’s Gay Village), and investigates the suggestions that a serial killer could be on the loose in Britain. Speaking to the victims families, the police and psychologists, the filmmakers strive to uncover whether the deaths are fluke, or something much more siniste Watch on 4OD now.