Kellie's Watch Wishlist - The 10 Best True Crime Documentaries
Being a true crime fan, Kellie did a little googling and came across a list of the 10 Best True Crime Documentaries streaming now, according to Mental Floss. Let us know if you watch any of them and what you think!
1. Amanda Knox (Netflix)
Back in 2007, American exchange student Amanda Knox returned to her apartment in Italy to find her roommate had been killed. Amanda was convicted and then acquitted for her murder twice. In this documentary, Amanda and those who were close to the case speak out.
2. Frank Serpico (Hulu)
Meet the man who inspired the 1973 movie “Serpico,” starring Al Pacino. Frank Serpico was an undercover cop who exposed widespread corruption within the NYPD when he contributed to a front-page story for the “New York Times.” Serpico was later shot during a drug bust, but was he set up by fellow officers out for revenge?
3. Long Shot (Netflix)
If you’ve got 40 minutes to kill, this is the documentary for you. Juan Catalan is arrested for a murder he says he couldn’t have committed because he was at a baseball game. Find out what Juan and his attorney have to go through to prove he’s telling the truth.
4. Killing for Love (Hulu)
In 1985, Derek and Nancy Haysom were brutally murdered in their Virginia home. Police arrested their daughter Elizabeth and her boyfriend Jens for the crime. But was Jens so blinded by love that he took the fall for a crime he didn’t commit?
5. Dream/Killer (Netflix)
In 2005, Ryan Ferguson was sentenced to 40 years in prison for murder. Attorney Kathleen Zellner took on Ryan’s case, clearing his name and winning him a multi-million dollar settlement. (Kathleen is now working on the Steven Avery case from “Making a Murderer.”
6. Without Charity (Amazon Prime)
In 2000, a young woman named Charity Payne was accused of helping a group of robbers break into a mansion in Lakeville, Indiana. During the burglary, three construction workers who happened to be working on the property that day were murdered. For her part in the crime, Charity was sentenced to 165 years in prison, but was released after only serving 4 years.
7. I Love You, Now Die (HBO)
In 2014, 18-year-old Conrad Roy died by suicide in a parking lot in Fairhaven, Massachusetts. Police later discovered text messages from his girlfriend, Michelle Carter, that showed she bullied and encouraged him to kill himself. In what became known as the “Texting Suicide Case,” Michelle Carter was found guilty of involuntary manslaughter. This documentary follows Michelle’s criminal trial and the debate over whether a person can be held responsible for someone else’s suicide.
8. Out of Thin Air (Netflix)
In 1974, two men in Iceland disappeared and six men confessed to their murders. This documentary picks up 40 years later with new evidence that casts doubt on whether these men killed anyone at all. IMDB describes it as “the strangest criminal investigation you’ve never heard of.”
9. Dead Man’s Line (Amazon Prime)
In July 1977, Tony Kiritsis called Indianapolis police to say he was holding mortgage broker Richard Hall hostage. But Tony had rigged a shotgun to Richard’s neck that was connected to a wire around his own neck. If Richard tried to run, boom. If police shot Tony, boom. Tony then paraded Richard up and down the streets of Indianapolis followed by police and press, while a bomb squad and the FBI tried to figure out a way to disarm Tony without getting Richard killed. This went on for three days, ending in a shocking press conference on live TV.
10. Soaked in Bleach (Amazon Prime)
This documentary is told from the perspective of Tom Grant — the private investigator Courtney Love hired to find her missing husband, Kurt Cobain. Days later, Kurt’s body was found at their home in Seattle. This movie looks at the inconsistencies in Kurt’s death, and also provides a dramatization of his final days. Interesting to note, Courtney Love sent cease and desist letters against theaters showing “Soaked in Bleach.”