Fall is basically my whole personality and true crime documents are perfect for this season. I shared with you why I’m an autumn bitch in my previous article: Why do Bitches love Autumn so much. Now let me share with you my favorite true crime documentaries that go perfectly with cold rainy autumn weather.
American Murder: The Family Next Door
I would say this one is a true-crime document for beginners. It’s a new Netflix movie and even Kylie Jenner was taken by it.
I get the appeal of it, the inevitable realization that you’re not safe in your own home and you can’t trust your own shadow has the potential of shattering one’s believes. But I guess I’ve seen plenty of shows like this to be truly shocked.
It was ok. Not to be too cynical or pessimistic but you’ll have to be really dull not to know what’s going on from the first few minutes. So I would say it’s too anticlimactic theretofore perfect for true crime newbies.
Nice distraction. Good production. Short. 6/10
Making a Murderer
This is in my eyes the best document I’ve ever seen. The suspense, the raw brutal reality of the really fucked up story told in a captivating way won’t let you sleep for days.
It’s one thing to never do crime and the other is to never be accused of committing a crime.
Each episode is about a different inmate and their story told at first from their own perspective. It’s so chilling to hear about the murder from murderers site of view. You hear how remorseful they are, how they never meant to do it, preaching about God and forgiveness and you start to feel bad for them.
And then the document shows you what actually happened, how horrible their crimes actually were, and how much the killers modified the truth to let themselves sleep at night.
You realize you can’t believe a shit anyone is saying and how fragile a truth really is.
Confessions with a Killer: The Ted Bundy Tapes
Devil wears a pretty face and he’s charismatic as hell. This show plays you the Ted Bundy’s original prison tapes and videotapes from his trial and more. It’s so easy to understand the whole hype around this man and forget the heinous things he did.
This is the general issue with all of the true-crime documentaries. It lets you into the mind of a killer, tells you their backstory, childhood trauma, abuse, and other excuses that leave you sympathizing with the wrong site.
Confessions with a Killer: The Ted Bundy Tapes keeps reminding you of Ted Bundys many many many victims so it’s clear what kind of evil you’re really dealing with.
This was one of the first true crime documents I ever saw and it haunts me to this day. Usually, after watching a true crime document everything falls into its place. You know who’s bad and how bad they are and who’s the victim.
But with The Staircase, I simply don’t know. I don’t know if he did it or not and it’s so frustrating. I don’t remember the last time I was so indecisive about anything, and we’re not talking about choosing between two types of apples or anything. This is the question of good vs. bad and I’m still not 100% sure about the answer.
The Confession Tapes
The title of this show seems pretty eloquent.
The whole concept of watching murderers confess to their crimes sounds good enough, but obviously, it’s not that simple. This show tries to make sense of coerced confession tapes and it’s super interesting.
The Social Dilemma
This is not a typical true crime document but in my humble opinion, this one was way more scarier than the rest of the shows I mentioned here.
It’s about the scary reality of social media, manipulation, propaganda, and altered realities and it’s direct effect on real life. It also explains how and why the internet works the way it works and what you’ll learn with this show would make you want to get off the social media immediately. But let’s face it, that’s not gonna happen any time soon anyway.
It’s something like The great hack (2019) document that also aired on Netflix but in a more general sense and I was amazed by both of them.
Let me know your favorite true crime documentaries to check out next.