There are currently over 50 true crime documentaries in Netflix’s overflowing library, and the number continues to grow as viewers delve deeper into the genre. With so many options, it’s easy for exciting features to hide under the amount of content. Here are 10 tips for documentaries and docu-series based on true events to keep Thanksgiving fun with the family or while relaxing after a busy vacation.
Capturing the Killer Nurse
The 94-minute film follows Charles Cullen, a nurse who confessed to killing at least 40 patients in hospitals and nursing homes over the course of 16 years. As a result of his murders, several states passed laws that hospitals must follow.
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I am Vanessa Guillen
The documentary follows 20-year-old army soldier Vanessa Guillen, who was killed at her base after she told her mother that another soldier had sexually molested her.
American Murder: The Family Next Door
This 82-minute true crime documentary follows Chris Watt, who killed his pregnant wife and two young daughters in 2018, and explores the general theories behind his actions.
The girl in the picture
This documentary revolves around Sharon Marshall, a young girl who was kidnapped by fugitive Franklin Delano Floyd and raised as his daughter. He forced her to marry before being implicated in her escape death.
The five-part documentary series tells four stories about malicious roommates, including landlord Dorothea Puente, KC Joy, jock Youssef Hater and squatter Jamison Bachman.
The documentary tells the twisted story of former professional bodybuilder Sally McNeil, who was convicted of murdering her husband, Mr. Olympia contestant Ray McNeil.
Alabama State vs. Brittany Smith
The 40-minute documentary revealed apparent inconsistencies in the law to stand her ground when Brittany Smith attempted to use the defense after killing the man she accused of assaulting her.
Monsters Inside: 24 Faces of Billy Milligan
This four-part series follows Billy Milligan, the first person to use a diagnosed dissociative identity disorder as a defense and the first to be acquitted using it as an excuse. Instead of going to prison, he spent 10 years in psychiatric hospitals, where he was diagnosed with a total of 24 personalities.
Sons of Sam: Descent into Darkness
The four-part documentary series chronicles the evidence left behind by investigative journalist Maury Terry, who was determined to prove that serial killer David Berkowitz committed the murders for a satanic cult rumored to be connected to Charles Manson, The Children.
Murder among the Mormons
The three-part true-crime docu-series revolves around counterfeiter and convicted murderer Mark Hoffman. Considered one of the most accomplished forgers in American history, he created forged documents related to the history of the Latter Day Saint Church before killing two people with a bomb.
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All of these crime shows and documentaries are available to stream on Netflix.