10 Captivating True-Crime Docuseries on Netflix

by Hayley Taylor
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After the release of Tiger King: Murder, Mayhem, and Madness, many people discovered the appeal of true-crime documentaries. Luckily, Netflix gives audiences plenty of options for ones to watch. Here are our picks for the ten most captivating true-crime docuseries on Netflix right now:

1. The Keepers

The Keepers is a docuseries about the unsolved murder of the nun, Catherine Cesnik, in 1969. The students at the all-girls Catholic school Cesnik worked at loved her. For this reason, two former students decide to start researching into her death. As a result, they discover a cover-up of sexual abuse from priests at the school. Each episode is riveting, making you want to find out the truth about the murder of Sister Cathy.

The Keepers. Courtesy of Netflix.

2. Don’t F**K with Cats: Hunting an Internet Killer

A person recorded himself killing kittens on the internet. As a result, people gathered online from all over the world to track him down. It also touches on the issue of people getting too involved in true-crime cases, making the viewers question who is complicit in the murderer’s crimes. The many plot twists in this series make it worth watching.

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3. Surviving R Kelly

This Lifetime docuseries covers the sexual abuse allegations against R & B singer R Kelly. The series interviews woman sexually abused by R Kelly, people who worked with him, as well as experts who help explain the subject matter. Also, a few people in the music industry spoke out against him, including Chance the Rapper and John Legend. This series had a significant impact on viewers and helped lead to Kelly getting charged with aggravated criminal sexual abuse in 2019.

4. Trial by Media

Trial by Media is a six-episode series concerning multiple true-crime cases. It helps convey the significant role the media has when it comes to criminal justice, and the positive and negative impacts it has on the events of court trials. For example, the cases they cover include the shooting of Amadou Diallo, the Subway Vigilante, and the arrest of Illinois governor Rod Blagojevich.

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5. Wild Wild Country

Wild Wild Country is about the relocation of spiritual guru Bhagwan Shree Rajneesh’s cult from India to Oregon in 1981. As a result of the move, tension rises between the townspeople and the cult nearby. Additionally, it reveals the shady dealings of his secretary Ma Anand Sheela. This series is full of many twists and turns, making it impossible to drop the remote.

Wild Wild Country. Courtesy of Netflix.
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6. The Trials of Gabriel Fernandez

This series covers the murder of Gabriel Fernandez, an eight-year-old boy from California. In summary, it explores the abuse he suffered from his mother, her boyfriend, and the ill-handling of his case by the DCFS. This docuseries is extremely emotional and poignant.

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7. Time: The Kalief Browder Story

This miniseries explores the wrongful imprisonment of Kalief Browder, who served three traumatizing years in jail without even being convicted of a crime. Browder’s story is significant as it shows the flaws in the criminal justice system as well as the racial injustices in America.

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8. The Devil Next Door

In 1986, a Cleveland man was accused of being Ivan the Terrible, a Nazi camp guard. This docuseries explores his trial and the testimony of Holocaust survivors. Also, it covers the lawyers who defended him and shows the harrowing truth of what went on in Nazi camps in WWII.

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9. Jeffery Epstein: Filthy Rich

In this docuseries, survivors recount Jeffery Epstein’s sexual abuse, especially towards underage women. Also, the series details Epstein’s pyramid scheme and why his influence over others made it difficult to charge him for his crimes. This docuseries is compelling yet distressing, as it brings to light how rich people can get away with doing illegal things.

10. The Pharmacist

After the murder of a pharmacist’s son in New Orleans, the father searches for the killer and tries to bring awareness to the opioid crisis. Consequently, he discovers a doctor running a “pill mill,” who prescribes patients medicine to cause addiction. Furthermore, this series captivates you by displaying Dan Schneider’s determination to get justice for his son.

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What are your favorite true crime documentary series on Netflix? Tell us in the comments!


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