I am obsessed with true-crime and have been for absolutely years. True-crime and a cuppa tea is a combination that cannot be beaten. When I’m looking for a new crime documentary I always head over to Netflix because they have such a brilliant selection of true-crime documentaries. I’ve tried to make it a little varied so it’s not something you’ve seen before to spook you a little.
THE CONFESSION TAPES
I truly think that this series is one of the best and most interesting crime series that I have ever watched. It’s based on crimes being solved due to…you guessed it…taped confessions. It’s the type of series that you really have to think about the cases being presented to you. It also kind of makes you question what really went on and use your moral compass. While sometimes I enjoy watching stuff that I don’t really have to think about, I love that this show presents subjects that you have to have a think about.
TIME: THE KALIEF BROWDER STORY
This series really opened my eyes into how deeply messed up the American justice system is. The premise is about a sixteen-year-old African-American male who was wrongly arrested for stealing a backpack and he was kept in Rikers Island prison for three years where he suffered horrible mental, physical and sexual abuse. Sadly due to his experience, he ended up taking his own life in 2015. It features footage of him telling his own story and also other people including his family members, celebrities that he met and legal professionals who helped him. It’s a pretty emotional documentary but it was very insightful and eye-opening. Kalief’s story is not one that should be allowed to fade away.
THE FEAR OF 13
This is another documentary that really got me in my feels when I watched it. It’s a similar premise to the Kalief Browder documentary. It features Nick Yarris who was wrongly convicted of murder, he spent twenty-two years of his life on death row for this crime that he didn’t commit. I made it sound super simple in that sentence but there is so much to this story that you can find out if you watch it. The thing I like the most about this documentary is that is it Nick telling his own truth. There’s no presenter or figure speaking for him so it’s much more emotional because of this.
ABDUCTED IN PLAIN SIGHT
Now I’m pretty sure that everyone has heard about this documentary but it’s on my list anyway. My recommendation would be to remove anything that you could break by throwing it away because this documentary will frustrate you to no end. Even with how frustrating it is I would recommend watching it because it is pretty interesting. I found it interesting because it’s not a case I’ve ever heard of before and I always like hearing about new cases because I find sometimes that the documentaries focus on more mainstream cases.
SURVIVORS GUIDE TO PRISON
I’m not sure that many people have watched this which is a shame because it’s a really interesting documentary film. It features celebrities, experts and former inmates talking about the broken American justice system. It is a pretty intense and hard-hitting film so be aware of that but it is very eye-opening. It’s a nice mix of experts, celebrities (some of whom have been previously incarcerated themselves) and people retelling their own stories. I liked this feature because you got something from all sides.
Thank you so much for reading this post. Hopefully, you can find something that you can give a watch. I sometimes post what I watch on my Twitter so follow me over there for more recommendations!
♡ Have I missed any good crime documentaries that you would recommend?
“Question everything, learn something, answer nothing” – Euripides.
Lots of loves,