The weekend is finally here and with everything closed down, our Saturday and Sunday night routines are looking a lot more like takeout and Netflix, and a lot less like restaurants and drinks…
But hey, that doesn’t mean we can’t make them interesting so, here are some of THE BEST true crime documentaries that recount fraud, art heists, murder, and more – all of which you can stream on Netflix right now! Oh and – warning, this post contains spoilers…
This Is a Robbery: The World’s Biggest Art Heist
This four-part series revisits the 1990 looting of the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum. That day, two men posing as police officers made off with 13 works, including valuable paintings by Rembrandt, Vermeer, and Degas. The FBI believed the heist was led by the Boston Mafia, but the investigation led to nowhere, and to this day, the stolen works, worth over $500 million, still haven’t been recovered.
American Murder: The Family Next Door
Fair warning, this one’s pretty messed up… it investigates the disappearance of Shanann Watts – who constantly documented her husband, Chris, and children on social media – and her two daughters. Yet, Chris was an abuser, emotionally manipulating his wife whilst having an affair, and ultimately, confessed to the killing of Shanann – who was also pregnant with their third child – and their two daughters. Altogether, it highlights the ongoing present issues of domestic violence.
This 2003 death of pizza delivery man Brian Wells has continued to fascinate the general public for over a decade now, all of which began in Pennsylvania, where Wells was taken hostage and forced to complete a twisted scavenger hunt including a bank robbery with homemade bombs strapped to his neck.
Don’t F**k With Cats
This documentary chronicles two online sleuths’ commitment to tracking down the identity of animal abuser Luka Magnotta, who uploaded a video of himself killing two kittens in 2010. Eventually, this virtual manhunt leads to the conviction of Magnotta for the gruesome murder of Jun Lin, a Chinese student.
This two-season-long series tells the stories of white-collar crime and corruption from the profit-hungry world of pharmaceuticals to Donald Trump’s pre-POTUS history of dubious business deals to the issue of elder abuse.
Fyre: The Greatest Party That Never Happened
One of two documentaries on Fyre Festival – the failed music extravaganza that left high rolling ticket-holders empty-handed and local workers unpaid – Fyre exposes scammer Billy McFarland, the mastermind behind the scheme. It provides a captivating look at the making of the festival, the dangers of fame, and Instagram marketing.
Killer Inside: The Mind of Aaron Hernandez
Full of archival footage and interviews with those close to former New England Patriots player Aaron Hernandez, this three-part series is a sensitive yet gripping portrait of the late NFL star. It investigates the possible motives for Hernandez’s involvement in multiple murders whilst shining light on the issues of homophobia in sports and chronic traumatic encephalopathy (CTE), a disease many athletes suffer from repeated head injuries.
The Staircase documents the trial of Michael Peterson, who was convicted of beating his wife, Kathleen, to death. Peterson, however, maintains that she died after accidentally falling down the stairs, but his reliability is questioned after the novels were found involved in a strangely similar case years prior.
Making a Murderer
This documentary premiered back in 2015 but ever since, has provoked a firestorm of a conversation on a wrongful conviction. It examines the trials of Steven Avery, a yard worker who was released from prison in 2003, after serving 18 years for the wrongful murder conviction of Teresa Halbach.
This documentary investigates the American opioid epidemic as it follows Dan Schneider, a man searching for the perpetrator of his son’s drug-related murder. Schneider’s personal connection to addiction and his job as a pharmacist leads him to notice an increase in OxyContin prescriptions, a highly addictive painkiller. He tracks down the prescriber and eventually lands on Jacqueline Cleggett, the owner of a pain management clinic who over-prescribed medication for financial gain.
Why Did You Kill Me?
In 2006, Crystal Theobald was driving with her boyfriend and brother, before they were ambushed by a local gang. Theobald, who was also a mother of two, died after sustaining gunshot wounds to the head. Seeking justice, her cousin created a MySpace page to track them down – but things soon got out of hand when Theobald’s mother took over the DIY investigation…