5 of Netflix's best true-crime documentaries available to watch now

The most gripping docu-series to captivate true crime fans
5 of Netflix's best true-crime documentaries available to watch now
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Calling all true-crime addicts! Netflix is continuing to prove to us all that the guys there know what they're doing when it comes to true-crime documentaries. So here are a few of our favourite Netflix true-crime documentaries based on shocking real-events.

1. The Innocent Man

John Grisham's non-fiction book about two murders that shook a small town in Oklahoma in the 1980s has been adapted into a six-part series for Netflix.

From Finders Keepers' director Clay Tweel, The Innocent Man includes interviews with victims’ friends and families, Ada residents, attorneys, journalists, and others involved in the cases.

Developed as a documentary series by Tweel and Ross Dinerstein, it blends new footage with compelling archival video and photos.

2. Amanda Knox

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This Netflix's Original documentary examines whether Amanda Knox was a cold-blooded psychopath who brutally murdered her roommate or a naive student abroad trapped in an endless nightmare.

Amanda features in the film about the murder of student Meredith Kercher, which made headlines around the world in 2007. The American student - who was villianised by the press at the time - was sentenced to four years in prison along with her ex-boyfriend Raffaele Sollecito.

Both were cleared of murder in 2015.

3. Conversations with a killer: The Ted Bundy tape

Conversations with A Killer: The Ted Bundy Tapes brings the infamously disturbed mind of serial killer Ted Bundy into the light for the very first time and invades our psyche in a fresh yet terrifying way. This is done through exclusive, never-before-heard interviews from him.

The unsettling docuseries focuses on a man whose personality, good looks and social graces defied the serial-killer stereotype, allowing him to hide in plain sight as he committed killing of more than 30 women before being caught in 1978.

While on trial, Ted received swathes of female fans, which made his gruesome crimes doubly haunting.

4. The Staircase

Originally a BBC Four Storyville production in 2005, The Staircase follows the gripping story of Michael Peterson, a crime novelist accused of killing his wife Kathleen after she is found dead at the bottom of a staircase in their home, and the 16 year judicial battle that followed.

Academy Award-winning documentary filmmaker, Jean-Xavier de Lestrade was granted unusual access to the case immediately following Kathleen's death in 2001 in Durham, North Carolina. Her husband, Michael, a local public figure and successful novelist - with a complex past - quickly becomes the prime suspect.

The Netflix series features brand new episodes of the true crime phenomenon, which airs alongside the original series.

5. The Confession Killer

The five-part show focuses on the case of serial killer Henry Lee Lucas, who confessed to murdering more than 600 people.

Despite police having no hard evidence linking Lucas to the crimes, he could somehow recount the grisly details of each attack and sketch victims' portraits.

However, journalists began to find discrepancies with his stories and DNA-testing contradicted his claims. Did he really murder all those people?

Via Cosmopolitan UK