5 crime documentaries you should be watching right now
This Sunday (06.03.16) at 10pm, CBS Reality brings us the first of 10 chilling documentaries investigating the dark and violent world of Stalkers Who Kill. The programme will explore 10 different stories of the deaths of innocent victims and the deranged and delusional stalkers who murdered them.
True crime is having its moment in the spotlight in the moment following on from the success of podcast Serial and the Netflix documentary we don’t even need to name.
After watching CBS’ Stalkers Who Kill you may find yourself hooked, here are 5 more true crime documentaries to sink your teeth into.
Making a Murderer
If you haven’t heard about this show you must be the only one. This 10-part Netflix documentary follows the case of Steven Avery who was accused of murdering Teresa Halbach in 2005, following his 18-year false imprisonment for the sexual assault and attempted murder of Penny Beernsteen.
Dear Zachary: A Letter to a Son About his Father
Filmmaker Kurt Kuenne created this documentary in memory of his friend Andrew Bagby who was brutally murdered by his ex-partner. After she was arrested, his ex-partner Shirley Jane Turner announced that she was pregnant with Andrew’s son. When Zachary, her son, was born, Kuenne decided to make a film to show Zachary how wonderful his father had been. This love letter swiftly becomes a crime documentary when a twist in events shock the world over.
A Murder in the Park
In 1982, two teenagers were shot and killed. Anthony Porter was arrested for the crime but just 48 hours prior to his execution his conviction was overturned thanks to a university professor and a group of journalism students. The students identified Alstory Simon as the real killer and he did in fact confess to the crime on camera. However, it was a sensational story that turned out to be a lie.
The Paradise Lost Trilogy
With similar themes to Steven Avery’s case, these documentaries tells the story of the “West Memphis Three”. In 1993, three boys were murdered in what was believed to have been a satanic ritual. Damien Echols, Jessie Misskelley, Jr. and Jason Baldwin were accused and convicted of the murders earning one death sentence and two life sentences between them. These documentaries span 1996-2011 following the trials and convictions of the trio through to their release.
The Jinx: The Life and Deaths of Robert Hurst
Investigating the unsolved disappearance of a woman and the murders of two other people, this miniseries hit the headlines in 2015 when the protagonist of the docuseries accidentally confessed to murder whilst being recorded, not knowing his microphone was still on. In a shocking twist, Durst was actually arrested with first-degree murder the day before the finale was broadcast.