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17 Murder docuseries you should watch on Netflix

by Lynn

We all know the thrill and fascination of murder docuseries. While there are fictional series they’re just not as fascinating. Watching the truth unfold and the people being brought to justice can be satisfying. Or the fascination that comes with trying to solve the unsolved murder docuseries mysteries.

Here is a list of murder docuseries on Netflix you should binge on:

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Memories of a Murderer: The Nilsen Tapes

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Britain’s most notorious serial killer, Dennis Nilsen, confessed to killing 15 people in 1983. Over a five-year period, he picked up vulnerable young men, lured them back to his home, and strangled them, before disposing of their bodies under the floorboards.

The truth about how and why he killed has been the subject of much speculation in books and documentaries over the decades since. Now, with unique access to a wealth of personal archives left in his cell after his death, including over 250 hours of never-before-published cassette tapes of his private recordings, this film will take us into Nilsen’s world. From a young boy growing up in a quiet Scottish fishing village to a cold-blooded murderer prowling the streets of London. Set against the backdrop of 1980s Britain, when mass unemployment drew young men to London in search of their fortunes, only to find themselves destitute and easy prey, and weaving together interviews from police, journalists, survivors, bereaved families, and – for the first time – the killer’s own voice, this feature-length documentary explores how Nilsen was able to get away with multiple murders and attacks, unchallenged, for five years.

Unsolved Mysteries

Unsolved mysteries are real cases of perplexing disappearances, shocking murders and paranormal encounters that fuel this gripping revival of the iconic documentary series.

Don’t F**k with cats : Hunting an internet killer

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When a video is posted online of a mysterious man killing two kittens, internet users across the world leap into action to find the perpetrator. Encouraged by the attention he’s receiving, the killer continues posting even more disturbing videos, eventually crossing into murder.

Making a murderer

He served 18 years for a crime he didn’t commit. Now he’s on the line again, and some want to see him put away for good.

American Murder: The Family Next Door

Shanann Watts and her two young daughters went missing in Frederick, Colorado. As details of their deaths made headlines worldwide, it became clear that Shanann’s husband, Chris Watts, wasn’t the man he appeared to be. Experience a gripping and immersive examination of the disintegration of a marriage.

The trials of Gabriel Hernandez

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A boy’s brutal murder and the public trials of his guardians and social workers prompt questions about the system’s protection of vulnerable children.

Trial By Media

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In this true-crime, murder docuseries, some of the most dramatic trials of all time are examined with an emphasis on how the media may have impacted verdicts.

The Confession Killer

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During the early ’80s, Henry Lee Lucas confessed to hundreds of murders, bringing closure to unsolved cases and grieving families. Even with no direct evidence linking Lucas to the crime scenes, he stunned authorities with his ability to sketch victims’ portraits while citing brutal details of each attack. Yet journalists and attorneys found impossibilities in Lucas’ timeline, and DNA testing started to contradict his internationally-reported claims. THE CONFESSION KILLER, a riveting five-part murder docuseries, explores how the man once called America’s most prolific serial killer was really a complex figure entangled with a flawed justice system.

Evil Genius

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This baffling true crime story starts with the grisly death of a pizza man who robs a bank with a bomb around his neck and gets weirder from there.

Conversations with a Killer: The Ted Bundy Tapes

Present-day interviews, archival footage and audio recordings made on death row form a searing portrait of notorious serial killer Ted Bundy. “I’m not an animal and I’m not crazy… I’m just a normal individual.” – Ted Bundy Get inside the twisted mind of America’s most notorious serial killer in his own words.

Crime Scene: The Vanishing at the Cecil Hotel

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From housing serial killers to untimely deaths, the Cecil Hotel in Downtown Los Angeles is known to many as LA’s deadliest hotel. The latest chapter in Cecil’s dark history involves the mysterious disappearance of college student Elisa Lam.

Night Stalker: The hunt for a serial killer

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LOCK YOUR DOORS. Witness the story of one of the most vicious serial killers in American history, a real-life boogeyman that brought California to a standstill. Beneath the sunlit glamour of 1985 LA lurks a relentlessly evil serial killer. In this true-crime story, two detectives won’t rest until they catch him.

Killer Inside: The Mind of Aaron Hernandez

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Via interviews with friends, players and insiders, this docuseries examines how Aaron Hernandez went from an NFL star to a convicted killer.

Tiger King: Murder, Mayhem and Madness

Among the eccentrics and cult personalities in the stranger-than-fiction world of big cat owners, few stand out more than Joe Exotic, a mulleted, gun-toting polygamist and a country-western singer who presides over an Oklahoma roadside zoo. Charismatic but misguided, Joe and an unbelievable cast of characters including drug kingpins, conmen, and cult leaders all share a passion for big cats, and the status and attention their dangerous menageries garner. But things take a dark turn when Carole Baskin, an animal activist and owner of a big cat sanctuary, threatens to put them out of business, stoking a rivalry that eventually leads to Joe’s arrest for a murder-for-hire plot and reveals a twisted tale where the only thing more dangerous than a big cat is its owner.

Murder Among The Mormons

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Murder Among the Mormons is the first comprehensive look at one of the most shocking crimes to have ever taken place among the Mormon community and the criminal mastermind behind it all. The three-part documentary series directed by Jared Hess (Napoleon Dynamite) and Tyler Measom (An Honest Liar), examines a trio of bombings in 1985 that killed two people and shocked Salt Lake City. The murders send further shockwaves through the community when a trove of early Mormon letters and diaries are found destroyed in the vehicle of the third victim, a renowned collector of rare documents, including the infamous White Salamander Letter — an artifact whose contents threatened to shake the very foundations of Mormonism. As he fights for his life, investigators race to uncover the truth.

Murder to Mercy: The Cyntoia Brown Story

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After 16-year-old Cyntoia Brown is sentenced to life in prison, questions about her past, physiology, and the law itself call her guilt into question.

The Ripper

For five years, between 1975 to 1980, the Yorkshire Ripper murders cast a dark shadow over the lives of women in the North of England. 13 women were dead and the police seemed incapable of catching the killer. No one felt safe – and every man was a suspect.

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