Written by Anna Dugdale
Now we’re in yet another lockdown, we’re all going to need ways to fill the long, dark winter days. Personally, one of my favourite things to do is watch true crime documentaries. To me, there’s nothing better than cosying up in bed with a warm drink and watching something that intrigues me.
One of Netflix’s newest releases, this four-part documentary covers the serial killer known worldwide as the Yorkshire Ripper. All episodes are under an hour long, which is great if you get easily distracted or have a short attention span.
I watched this within a day and thought it was such a well-made programme.
Night Stalker: The Hunt for a Serial Killer
Brand new to Netflix, this series covers the 1985 murders of the night stalker: Richard Ramirez. Once again, this is a four-part documentary with all episodes under an hour long.
If serial killers are your thing, this is definitely the series for you. Get watching ASAP, as this is one of Netflix’s Limited Series.
The Devil Next Door
This series has a more historical basis to it, as an American grandfather is brought to trial in Israel after being accused of being the infamous Ivan the Terrible, a Nazi death camp guard. This five-part series covers everything from the original accusations, evidence and the trial.
This series does not make for easy viewing, due to the sensitive nature of the crime but is definitely incredibly interesting to watch.
American Murder: The Family Next Door
This case may be one you saw play out recently in the news. This series covers the disappearance of Shanann Watts and her children and the terrifying discoveries that were made during the investigation.
The documentary uses first-hand footage from cops at the scene and gives interviews with potential suspects, as well as footage from the trial.
Murder to Mercy: The Cyntoia Brown Story
You may have heard of this case through Kim Kardashian-West’s involvement with it but at only 16 years old, Cyntoia Brown was sentenced to life in prison after killing and robbing a man who had apparently solicited her for sex.
The series covers her past, physiology and the law, as well as footage taken during the trials and appeals of the youngster.
Killer Inside: The Mind of Aaron Hernandez
This is the sensational case of an NFL superstar accused of murdering a man in a case that shocked the entire sports world. Everything that the people closest to him thought they knew is called into question as his life and relationships before stardom are examined.
In this series, they cover his trial and speak to close friends and family of Aaron Hernandez in hour long episodes, for those of you who enjoy longer viewing.
If those Netflix shows don’t satisfy your true crime cravings, YouTube is the place to go. Plenty of Youtubers cover serial killers, abductions and the lesser-known cases.
My personal favourite, I consider her the queen of true crime. She covers a broad range of cases and has playlists on her channel dedicated to the types of cases she covers, so you can find exactly what you’re looking for.
Mollie Westbrook is an incredible true-crime Youtuber, covering predominantly British cases. I always go to Mollie’s channel if I want to find a lesser-known case easily.
Another favourite of mine, Bella uploads ‘Mystery Monday’ every week and is an incredible storyteller.
Kendall Rae covers everything from conspiracy theories to murder and abduction. It’s a guarantee that once you end up on Kendall’s channel, you’ll be stuck there embroiled in the cases she covers.
Samantha M covers Australian true crime cases, personally I haven’t heard of most of them which makes the viewing more interesting as I have to focus more and gets me off my phone.
Buzzfeed Unsolved have covered a wide range of cases, from conspiracy theories to the supernatural and missing persons cases. I find their coverage a bit more light-hearted, it’s not as serious but they still get all the key information.
Buzzfeed Unsolved is also available on Amazon Prime.