My idea of a perfect Friday night is to curl up in my comfy clothes with a hot chocolate and binge-watch a new real crime documentary/series on Netflix.
Although to be fair, that’s my idea of a perfect evening any day of the week.
Even when I was 5/6 years old and sleeping at my grandparents for the weekend, they’d put CSI on for me as I was fascinated by it and loved to figure out the bad guy before it told you; something that I was very good at doing, even at that age!
Now I’ll admit it wasn’t the most age-appropriate content when you think about it, especially as one of the episodes is the reason I’m now terrified of dead bodies.
But I honestly loved curling up with a glass of milk, a homemade bun that my auntie had made that afternoon and discussing theories of who’d done it with my grandad.
It was pretty much our weekend ritual.
Even though I enjoy fictional shows like CSI and Criminal Minds, I’ve always loved watching ones that are based on real-life events more.
I know how morbid and creepy that probably sounds, but I’m fascinated by the psychology behind it all.
Why do they do what they do? What drives them? How did their childhood and early life experiences help shape their choices later in life?
I even planned on studying criminology at college and university at one point!
This one is a little graphic at times, so just a warning before you watch it.
You see a frozen dead body along with another dead body that has been damaged by a bomb explosion, plus lots of other things.
I really enjoyed watching this one, as there were so many different interconnecting strands to the plot.
Even though a lot of the plot is explained in the first episode, there is still more than enough to keep you hooked for the whole series.
People always say that they would never confess to a crime they hadn’t committed, but that’s exactly what these people did.
It’s an interesting look into the way they can fixate on one person and try and make the evidence prove what they want, rather than letting the evidence tell them what has happened.
The interrogation techniques they use and the relentlessness of the whole situation can cause people to crack, and they end up confessing to whatever it is they want them to.
It’s almost like a form of torture sometimes!
Plus it makes you wonder what you would do in that situation, and if you would end up wrongfully confessing in those conditions.
Making A Murderer
This has probably become one of the most well known and hotly debated cases of the past few years, thanks to this documentary.
There are so many different theories and its defiantly one of those that where you need to make your own mind up, but if nothing else I personally think it shows the US police in a very scary light, similar to Confession Tapes.
When this first came out I didn’t actually have a Netflix account, so I signed up for the free trial just so that I could binge-watch it in a single day.
Even if you’ve already watched it once, I’d defiantly say watch it a second time; you end up picking up on so many little things that you didn’t notice the first time around.
This one is a tough watch and I’ll warn you now, it deals with sexual abuse and exploitation within the catholic church.
Now I’m going to be very careful what I say here, as I’ve promised myself to keep religion and politics off of my blog as much as I can.
Mostly because I have some very strong opinions on religion as a whole and don’t want to offend anyone.
The story covers the search for the truth about Sister Kathy, a nun at a catholic school who was murdered and her killer never caught.
It is an extremely heartbreaking but interesting documentary and one I’d defiantly recommend watching; just be mindful of any triggers in it.
This documentary is a look at the Oklahoma City bombings, but it also covers other famous events that helped contribute to the bombing taking place; the Ruby Ridge standoff and the Waco siege of Mount Carmel.
I’d heard of Ruby Ridge before watching this, but only passingly mentioned in a few episodes of Criminal Minds and other shows; there was never really any explanation as to what happened.
This uses actual footage from all three events and not only shows how each one leads to the next but also gives you a very frightening look into Americas far-right movement.
As with most crime documentaries, just be mindful that it uses real-life footage and that some of the things that happen could be upsetting.
I know I cried at this once, as children are involved and killed in not only the Oklahoma bombing, but also at Wako too.
What are your favourite crime documentaries on Netflix at the moment? (I’m always looking for something new to binge on!)