The Top 5 Crime Documentaries You Need To Watch On Netflix

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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! 

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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. 

The Top 5 Crime Documentaries You Need To Watch On Netflix

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! 

Evil Genius 

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.

Confession Tapes

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.

The Top 5 Crime Documentaries You Need To Watch On Netflix

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.

The Keepers

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. 

The Top 5 Crime Documentaries You Need To Watch On Netflix

Oklahoma City 

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!) 

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  • Girl yes! I’ve been meaning to get started on watching some Netflix Crime Documentaries, as I was actually planning to do a post similar to this for Blogtober!
    I’m definitely gonna start watching some of these! Loved reading this. 🙂

  • Kelly says:

    I’m actually going to be studying criminology from next month so these are definitely right up my street. Thank you for the recommendations!

  • Jade Marie says:

    That’s awesome! I look forward to reading your post when it’s up ☺️ I haven’t decided if I’m doing blogtober yet – I’ll be at uni and don’t know if I’ll have time 😅 let me know what you think of them, I love hearing other people’s theories 🙊

  • Jade Marie says:

    I’m very jealous of you right now! Best of luck with your studies, I’m sure you’ll do brilliantly ☺️

  • Oooh I love a Netflix crime documentary binge. I went through a spell of watching nothing but forensic files, and I also love the documentaries about women who kill, and occult crimes. I don’t remember exact names, but they are good! I also really enjoyed the confession tapes, and will have to check out the rest of these.

    Cordelia ||

  • I love Crime and I love documentaries but I’m finding it really hard to get into any at the moment. I started Making a Murderer and got bored. Same with The Keepers and Confession Tapes. I’m sure I started Evil Genius but I might give that another go! The best crime-related documentary series I’ve ever seen is A Mass Execution – about when they planned to execute 8 inmates in 4 days in Arkansas because otherwise the stuff they used in the injections was going to go out of date. It was on BBC I believe so may still be on iPlayer but it literally made me re-think everything I’ve ever thought about the death penalty. It’s such an uncomfortable watch but my GOD it was brilliant xxx

  • Jade Marie says:

    I love forensic files and women who kill! I’ve not watched too many yet but I usually put one on before bed or while I’m writing a post ☺️ hope you enjoy the others as much as confession tapes.

  • Jade Marie says:

    Ooo I’ve not heard of that one but I’ll try and find it! I don’t personally agree with the death penalty anyway, so I’ll definitely give it a watch if I can!
    And oh that’s a shame! 😔 the one I struggled with most was The Staircase – I watched them all but I couldn’t get into it and it seemed a bit too biased for my usual tastes xxx

  • Yeah I watched one episode of The Staircase then found out it was 13 episodes long and I was like naaaaah! Haha xxx

  • I’m being a little ambitious and planning to do both Blogtober AND Blogmas…but we’ll see how that one goes!
    I’m trying to get as organised as possible with it and already have 2 posts scheduled for October; so far so good?
    But yes definitely, I think Crime series are sooo interesting. Unsolved mysteries are my favourite though!

  • I’m definitely going to give some of these a watch, I love a crime documentary. I really enjoyed The Keepers, I couldn’t believe some of the things that happened though! I also have some really strong opinions on it xx

    Tiffany x

  • Jade Marie says:

    Haha I don’t blame you, even I think that’s too many for one case! I stick with it until the end but I hardly watched the first few episodes 😂 xxx

  • Jade Marie says:

    Oh wow beat of luck there!! It’ll be awesome if you can do both ☺️
    Having two done already is a great start!
    And yes unsolved mysteries is a fantastic show; just a shame you can’t get it on Netflix 😔

  • Jade Marie says:

    I’m glad I’m not the only one with strong opinions on it – I was furious!! Then again me and religion don’t get on too well as it is, so that doesn’t help. Let me know if you watch any of the others ☺️ xx

  • Eve Morgan says:

    I have had Making a Murderer on my watch list for ages but haven’t managed to watch it yet. I definitely will though! Confession tapes sounds really interesting too.

    Eve |

  • Sophie says:

    Ooh I love crime shows! I recently watched Evil Genius and I loved Making a Murderer! I must check out the other ones you mentioned, they sound right up my street!

    Soph – x

  • I need to try these 🤔 I normally watch youtube crime channels not gonna lie 😂
    Abi xx

  • Lupe says:

    I saw making a murderer and the keepers, I’ve been meaning to watch confession tapes, I love watching documentaries, and crime ones are no exception x

  • Jade Marie says:

    It can be a bit of a drag at times but it is worth a watch – apparently there’s a second season coming soon too ☺️ yeah confession tapes is both interesting and terrifying!

  • Jade Marie says:

    If you like those two then you should definitely enjoy the others!x

  • Jade Marie says:

    I never thought to try watching crime stuff on YouTube tbf! 😂 xx

  • Jade Marie says:

    I’d definitely recommend watching it if you have some time, it’s really interesting but terrifying at the same time!x

  • I have a view channels that I can recommend if you want? ☺️xx

  • I love this! I always watched crime shows at my grandparents’ growing up too, so this was perfect! Keepers has been on my list for ages, but I’ve somehow not seen any of these yet – thanks for the inspiration (and the walk down memory lane!)! 🙂

  • Bexa says:

    These sound like great recommendations Jade! I’m especially interested in Confession Tapes and intrigued to know what interrogation techniques would make someone confess to a crime they didn’t commit. I’m going to have to check this one out sometime. I’m also loving the sound of your Friday night, it sounds perfect to me too! 💖 xx

    Bexa |

  • Jade Marie says:

    Honestly Bexa it’s vile what they do; they take one guy who’s just seen his kids die and interrogated him for 8 hours non stop until he’s so dazed he repeats what they want him to say just so it ends! It’s so interesting to watch, but at the same time you feel so sorry for them 😔 and I’m glad I’m not the okay one who loves spending my nights like that! 🖤 xx

  • Jade Marie says:

    That’s awesome that you did too! ☺️ and I’m glad to have given you some inspiration and nostalgia! ☺️

  • Jade Marie says:

    Yes please! ☺️ I’m always looking for new things to watch 🙊 xx

  • Vintage files, buzzfeed unsolved, cayleigh elise, rob dyke, merc ☺️

  • Shan Ellis says:

    Always looking for things to add to my Netflix list! They sounds pretty awesome to be fair, I watched making a murderer a few years ago and it was quite chilling!

  • If you love true crime stuff then you absolutely have to watch ‘The Staircase’. That had me up at night trying to work out what the hell happened and me and my hubby had some heated debates about it.

    The Keepers is one of my favourite true crime documentaries. That had me absolutely hooked.

    If you like docu-drama type stuff then I also HIGHLY recommend Unabomber. It’s all based on a true story and series of events, just acted out rather than real life footage if that makes sense? The guy was a menace to society and a complete psychopath, but you find yourself agreeing with him. It’s really messed up but so interesting.

    Laura ☆

  • Ames says:

    Yes yes yes yes!! Crime documentaries, books and podcasts are my jam. I’m loving that Netlix is bringing out way more.

  • I need all of these in my life haha I’m obsessed with crime documentaries!

  • Jade Marie says:

    Ooo thank you! Buzzfeed unsolved sounds interesting ☺️

  • Jade Marie says:

    If you enjoyed watching that then you should enjoy these too ☺️ it was very chilling tbf, for a variety of reason!

  • Omg you’ve never seen that its amazing definitely need to watch it over the past few years with shane and ryan they are the best duo 😉 ryan is runs it and is prettified of ghosts and believes everything 🤔 shane doesnt believe in ghosts or anything really unless its logical 😂

  • Jade Marie says:

    I’ve watched both of those; I absolutely loved unabomber (only didn’t include it in here since it isn’t “technically” a documentary) and you’re right, I agree with a lot of what he said. I also felt sorry for him for when he went through, I think that had a great effect on him! He’s an evil guy but still…I can empathise with him 🤷🏻‍♀️

    I couldn’t for the life of me get into The Staircase, i watched it all but it really dragged on and I though he was kind of creepy. Plus since he paid for the documentary to be made, I think it’s a little “too” biased towards him and his interests 🤔

  • Jade Marie says:

    Haha I’m so glad so many other people love crime as much as I do; I feel less weird now 😂

  • Jade Marie says:

    Haha I’d never even heard of it, but you’ve got me interested now! 😂

  • Thank you for this post! I love crime documentaries and have been looking for some new ones to watch!

  • I’ve seen most of these, but I hadn’t heard about Oklahoma City! I’ll make sure to watch it. Evil Genius really got to me, and The Keeper too.

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