Wednesday, 30 January 2019

Five true crime documentaries you need to see to believe


Unless you’ve been living under a rock, you’ll know that last week Netflix released Conversations with a Killer: The Ted Bundy Tapes.

It was hard to miss since it has been all anyone was talking about over the weekend and these days,
who doesn’t love a good true crime documentary?

It got me thinking that it would be a good time for me to look back over my favourite true crime documentaries and put them altogether in one spoiler-free post, so if anyone wants to keep delving into the morbid side of life, you know where to go.

I’ve deliberately tried to avoid the super popular ones like The Staircase, Evil Genius and Making a Murderer because everyone knows where to find them, so hopefully you might find one you haven’t heard of before.

And I’ve even conveniently listed where you can find them too. You’re welcome.

So without further ado:


Mommy Dead and Dearest
Where to watch: Youtube

This is one of those you-won’t-believe-it’s-real stories. A mother of a chronically disabled child is found stabbed to death in her own bed after some threatening Facebook statuses from her own account alerts neighbours that something is wrong. Delving into what happened in the lead up to her murder uncovers a web of lies that just goes deeper and deeper until you can barely keep up. It’s best to go in completely blind to get the full effect of the bizarre reality of this story.


The Witness
Where to watch: Youtube

The murder of Kitty Genovese might ring some bells for anyone who studied psychology at some point during school, because the case popularised the theory of the Bystander Effect – the perception that people are less likely to intervene if there are other witnesses who seem likely to do so. The documentary is led by Kitty’s brother, who is revisiting her 1964 murder to try and get some answers as to what really happened. For this reason, it’s quite an emotional watch but it’s such an interesting perspective.


Who Took Johnny?
Where to watch: Youtube

Johnny Gosch was one of the first missing children to have his face featured on the side of a milk carton. He disappeared in 1982 whilst out on his paper round but during that time many children who went missing were initially dismissed by the police as having probably run away which delayed action being taken and this was the case for Johnny. This story is a really interesting one because there are lots of conspiracy theories surrounding his disappearance and unbacked claims, including from Johnny’s own mother, and the documentary explores them all.


Real Detective
Where to watch: Netflix

Real Detective (not to be confused with True Detective) is a series where each episode focuses on a different crime, retold in the words of the lead detective on the case through interview and reenactments. The idea is that the detectives tell the most haunting case they have ever come across, some of which were so bad that they were later signed off with PTSD. It’s not an easy watch, especially when you see grown men breaking down in tears because of the horrific things and people they have had to deal with, but it’s such a unique insight into the horrible reality of it all.


The Jinx: The Life and Deaths of Robert Durst
Where to watch: Youtube

This is probably the best true crime series I’ve ever seen. It’s so well put together, has so many twists and turns and, surprisingly for true crime documentaries, has such a satisfying ending that it’s almost cinematic. The most bizarre part about this is the fact that Robert Durst actually agreed to sit down and talk to the filmmakers because… well, watch it and you’ll see. Really, just trust me on this one.



I hope these fill any true-crime-shaped holes you may have found in your life after finishing the Ted Bundy docuseries. If you’ve seen any of these, or you have any recommendations then please let me know in the comments and come back next Wednesday to see my next post!

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16 comments

  1. Yepppp I'ma need to watch the ones on this list I haven't seen. I watched the Bundy tapes ASAP and did a podcast on it too hahaha I'm a little bundy obsessed - Mommy Dead and Dearest was just.. wow.... But the rest I haven't seen so I'ma look into those! Thanks for this!!

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    1. I still haven't finished the Bundy tapes! I already know a lot about the case so I think that's why I'm maybe not as gripped as I would usually be but I just find the whole case so fascinating, especially with all his escapes. Let me know what you think if you watch any of them!

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  2. These all look so interesting. I've heard about the Mommy Dead and Dearest and The Witness but not of the others. Will check them out, thanks for sharing!
    Loren | plaidandsugar.blogspot.ca

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    1. Definitely give them a try, there are some crazy stories. I also watched Abducted in Plain Sight on Netflix last night and that one is a bizarre tale too!

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  3. Ooo I love stuff like this and I haven't seen any of these! Definitely going to check a couple out. I really like the sound of The Witness x

    Sophie
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    1. The Witness is probably one of my favourites as it is more of a traditional documentary format than totally in the true crime genre in my opinion. It's so interesting but really sad following her brother as he delves into it

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  4. My boyfriend and I absolutely love true crime series, we’re halfway through the Ten Bundy Tapes now! Will definitely give these a watch once we’ve finished as we’ve watched all the popular ones like The Staircase, thanks for the recommendations!x

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    1. Hope you enjoy them! Let me know what you think of them if you watch any of them, I could talk about true crime for hours!

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  5. I haven't seen any of these and although I really want to watch the Ted Bundy tapes I haven't got round to it yet! I love true crime things though so I'll definitely add some of these to my watchlist, thanks for sharing!

    Jess // foundationsandfairytales.wordpress.com
    xx

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  6. After watching a few on Netflix, stuff like this really interests me so I'll definitely have to look on YouTube I think. Thanks for sharing 💖

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  7. Im kind of obsessed with True Crime so this is great to update my list. I've been meaning to watch The Jinx for a long time.
    I don't know if you know the podcast My Favourite Murder but it seems like something you'd be into!

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  8. I find true crime so interesting. Im looking forward to watching some of these. Thanks for the recommendations x

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  9. Vert interesting! True crime is fun to read yet chilling as well! Thanks!

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  11. I love True Crime, I find it fascinating and I've always loved Crime novels and anything a bit dark but I'm really struggling to get into any of the Netflix documentaries at the moments. I've tried SO many and gave up on all of them. I think it was when I realised The Staircase was like 86 episodes long I was just like UGH!

    But some of these sound GREAT. Mummy Dead and Dearest sounds chilling!

    Jenny
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  12. These all sound so so interesting! I have such a love hate relationship with true crime. I find them incredibly interesting but then get super scared after and find it hard to sleep or go downstairs in the middle of the night haha! I think I'm just going to have to grow up and stop being a baby though because all of these sound so so interesting! I've bookmarked this post!

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