Since the rise of OTT platforms, Netflix has established itself as a top destination for crime thriller documentaries. With their true-life tales of crime and justice, these documentaries keep viewers on the edge of their seats as they cover everything from heists to serial killers.
Here are five Netflix documentaries about crime thrillers that are sure to captivate and intrigue viewers with their fascinating and frequently gruesome true-life tales. These documentaries examine the complexities of crime and justice and shed light on the darker side of human behaviour. Topics covered include wrongful convictions, cults, and conspiracies.
Indian Predator: The Butcher of Delhi
The Butcher of Delhi, the first episode of the true-crime Netflix series Indian Predator, debuted on July 20 of this year. The Butcher of Delhi, produced by VICE India and directed by Ayesha Sood, examines the police investigation as well as the motivations of serial killer Chandrakant Jha, who in 2006 and 2007 left three beheaded victims and mocking notes outside the Tihar Jail.
Indian Predator: Murder In The Courtroom
Last weekend saw the Netflix premiere of Murder in a Courtroom, the second installment of Indian Predators. The miniseries is based on the real-life account of a community that was terrorised by a vicious predator, and how they retaliated by lynching him in a courtroom in 2004.
Conversations With A Killer: The Ted Bundy Tapes
The American documentary Conversations With A Killer: The Ted Bundy Tapes debuted on Netflix on January 24, 2019, marking the 30th anniversary of serial killer Ted Bundy’s execution. Four episodes of the documentary series, which is based on more than 100 hours of interviews and archival footage with Bundy and his family, friends, surviving victims, and the law enforcement officials who worked on his case, are available online. After more than a decade of denial, Bundy finally admitted to 30 murders committed between 1974 and 1978 in seven different states, including the kidnapping, raping, and murder of numerous young girls and women during the 1970s and possibly even earlier.
Making a Murderer
The true-crime documentary series Making a Murderer tells the tale of Steven Avery, a Wisconsin resident who spent 18 years in prison for a crime he didn’t commit. He was accused of another crime—the murder of photographer Teresa Halbach—shortly after being set free. The series covers the controversy surrounding Avery and his nephew Brendan Dassey’s guilt or innocence, as well as their trial and conviction.
Wild Wild Country
The Rajneesh movement, a cult-like community that emerged in rural Oregon in the 1980s, is the subject of the controversial and little-known documentary Wild Wild Country. The show chronicles the ascent of Bhagwan Shree Rajneesh, the mysterious movement’s spiritual leader, and his adherents as they make plans to erect a utopian city in the middle of the desert. Wild Wild Country provides a fascinating and frequently shocking look at the dynamics of a religious cult and its effect on a small American town through a combination of archival footage and interviews with former members and locals.