Lockdown for me has meant serious Netflix binging to the point where I’ve run out of shows to watch (leave any recommendations in the comments!). I’ve never been a massive True Crime binger, unless they were cases I was particularly interested in, but especially over the past year, I’ve started to watch more and more. Whether you’re new to True Crime watching or are just looking for a new addition to your repertoire, here are my top 5 recommendations that you have to watch.
(Some of the topics mentioned may be triggering, such as sexual abuse or child abuse, but if not, I hope you enjoy them)
Jeffrey Epstein: Filthy Rich
As a pre-warning, this is quite a heavy documentary: this 4 part series follows survivors, the police and witnesses around the Jeffrey Epstein scandal. I was truly taken aback by how much power someone can have, how the accusations were handled by people in a position of power, and how he seduced possibly thousands of minors to sexually abuse them and form this prostitution/molestation ring. The docuseries covers this from the very first report to the present day, and speculates what actually happened to Epstein. The stories are truly shocking, and whilst they may be heavy, I would recommend this strongly.
The Disappearance of Madeline McCann
I’ve always said that this is the case I really want to know the answer to by the end of my lifetime. The disappearance of Madeline McCann happened when I was really young, so I guess I was always very interested in it, especially because it seems unsolvable (maybe until now? Who knows). This documentary was made in 2019 and follows media coverage, witnesses and reconstructions of what happened from the beginning to the present day. There’s 8 episodes (yes, I binged them all in one day), but any beliefs you may have had prior to watching this may just be eradicated once watching this. I strongly recommend this documentary.
Conversations with a Killer: The Ted Bundy Tapes
In my opinion, this may be a little less gripping, but nonetheless still very interesting: I watched this after watching Extremely Wicked, Shockingly Evil and Vile (very strongly recommend!) and it was interesting to see the way he worked and hear him tell things his way. This is another 4 part series so I would recommend if you’re looking for something new and quick to watch.
Killer Inside: The Mind of Aaron Hernandez
I hadn’t heard of Aaron Hernandez prior to this, so when it first came out, I watched the trailer and was curious to how this rising sports star with such a bright future would end up murdering someone. This 3 part series follows his upbringing, his relationships, red flags along the way, what led him to murder and what happened after (was quite surprised at the end! I didn’t expect that at all).
The Trials of Gabriel Fernandez
Again, I hadn’t heard of Gabriel Fernandez before this, but unlike the others where I watched them within days of them coming out, I saw the social media outburst on this rise more and more and thought I’d give it a go. This documentary broke my heart at how someone could treat a child in this way, especially his own parents. The 6 part documentary speaks to witnesses, the police, analyses the autopsy and what lead to the death of Gabriel Hernandez.
Whilst some of these may be quite heavy to watch, I would recommend them highly. They’re really well made and most of them discuss the cases from multiple points of view, which is particularly interesting to see, as the media may not cover it this way. Let me know what you think in the comments below x