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Top True Crime Docs and Shows

Joanne Kristin has diplomas in Journalism and Arts and Science from Fanshawe College in Canada.




Millions of people go missing every year, most of them being located rather quickly. This is a collection of stories dedicated to many of the missing, most who have yet to be found. With 9 seasons containing roughly 15 episodes each, this show will keep you interested for hours. The show contains many of the cases you may have heard about, Maura Murray, The Springfield Three, Jodi Huisentruit, as well as, many you probably haven't. With a creepy, yet felicitous narrator, this show hits all the right notes of a good true crime series. You can catch it on Investigation Discovery, and most of the episodes are on Discovery Plus. I highly recommend it.

The Disappearance of Madeleine McCann


While her family was on vacation at a resort in Portugal, 3 year old Madeleine McCann disappeared from her families rented apartment, while her parents and their friends ate dinner 60 meters away. This 8 episode, 10 decade documentary series will have you questioning the competence of the parents, and wondering if they had anything to do with it. A case that received global-wide media attention, this show will have you spinning and tugging on every emotion you have. You can find it on Netflix.

Making A Murderer


With season 1 released on Netflix in 2015, Making A Murderer received quite the hype by the public due to the twists and turns it had to offer. After serving 18 years in prison, Steven Avery was exonerated from his 32 year sentence for being wrongfully convicted of the brutal sexual assault and murder of Penny Beerntsen, but it doesn’t end there. Shortly after, Avery was arrested for the kidnapping, sexual assault, and the murder and mutilation of Teresa Halbach. With the allegations of police corruption, a 36 million dollar lawsuit and a seemingly coerced confession from Avery's nephew, Steven is claiming innocence again. By the end of season 2, released in 2018, this series will have you reeling for more. Did he do it??

American Family The Family Next Door


On August 13, 2018, Shanann Watts and her two young children were reported missing after a concerned neighbour and friend called the police when she found it unusual that she couldn't get a hold of her. Shanann's seemingly concerned husband pleaded with the public to help bring her home. This documentary has so much raw footage, and facebook videos that allow you to peak into the life of the Watt's family, it will feel like you knew them. A modern look at how law enforcement operates solving crimes today, this documentary is one you don't want to miss. You can find this one on Netflix.

On the Case With Paula Zahn


As a great Investigative journalist, Paula Zahn digs deeps into some of the most distressing crime cases. Involving all sorts of crimes, Zahn interviews the closest relatives to the victims of the case. With 23 seasons, you can watch hundreds of episodes and pick and choose the ones that interest you the most. If you enjoy solved cases, this ones for you. Almost every episode will end with a sentence hearing and a satisfying conclusion. This one can be seen on Investigation Discovery, and Discovery Plus, with a new episode being released each Sunday.

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Amanda Knox


This international true crime documentary, set in Italy, is about an American college student convicted twice AND released for the murder of her roommate. Personally, I don't know if she did it or not, and her odd behaviors and creepy facial expressions will have you wondering if she did it or not too. Nicknamed 'Foxy Knoxy', her promiscuous attitude and careless acts will send shivers up your spine. A botched police investigation and lack of evidence eventually led to her being exonerated, but this documentary will definitely make you question her innocence. Available on Netflix.

See No Evil


I woudn't consider this the best put together show. I'm not a big fan of the narrator or the style, but the stories are great. Using CCTV, law enforcement tracks down criminals from the video footage. Not every episode is solved, but many criminals are caught with the use of modern technology making this a very interesting one to watch. This show will also make you aware of how much we are being watched on a daily basis, which can either make you feel protected, or feel like your privacy is invaded, however you want to look at it. It can be found on Investigation Discovery.

The Murder of Laci Peterson


This true crime documentary, available on Prime, is about a young, beautiful eight month pregnant woman who goes missing walking her dog. Disappearing on Christmas Eve, this 6 episode series couldn't get anymore heartbreaking. After the bodies of her and her child are found in the San Francisco Bay, the same place her husband claimed to be the day she went missing, he is arrested after a eerily similar O.J. Simpson car chase. This case is still currently ongoing, and has been mentioned again recently in the news in 2021, so I suggest after you watch it to currently see the new updates.

48 Hours


Known for its great reporting and intriguing stories, I couldn't write an article on the best true crime shows and not include this one. Up-to-date on all the newest true crime action, including the Gabby Petito case that just shook the world, 48 hours accurately recounts interesting cases that will keep you glued to the TV. Available on Prime, a new episode is released weekly, so it's easy to come back for more. Just make sure you lock the door while watching it, because this one will have you sitting on the edge of your seat. Personally, it's a top favorite of mine.

Gabby Petito: ID Special Report


Speaking of Gabby Petito, unless you've been living in a hole, you're bound to be familiar with this case. A worldwide media covered case, involving a 21 year old girl, her boyfriend, a van-life tour, domestic violence, raw footage, manhunt, and a very unfortunate possibly-preventable horrible death. Though this isn't the best documentary on this case, it is worth watching. I actually prefer the Australian 60 minutes coverage on it which can be found free on YouTube. A heartbreaking story, involving a missing girl, a murder, followed by a month-long manhunt of the person of interest, her boyfriend, ends tragically all round. This one will pull at your heart strings, as Gabby was the girl next door with big dreams and a big heart; a person we all know, a sister, a daughter, a friend.

  • Web of Lies - A true crime series based around crimes centered on the internet
  • People Magazine Investigates - A very well done show where editors of the magazine talk about the latest true crime headlines.
  • Relentless - A 10 year documentary series about a missing woman filled with twists and unsettling disturbing details.
  • Jodi Arias - If you're interested in psychopath women, this ones for you.
  • Last Seen Alive - The title says it all.
  • Gone - Show about missing people
  • The Missing - Short 9 minute videos about missing people. (Maybe you've seen them!?)
  • Crime Scene : The Vanishing At the Cecil Hotel - A woman disappears at the famous Los Angeles Hotel
  • Unsolved Mysteries - Interesting unsolved mysteries from missing people to ghosts to aliens

This content reflects the personal opinions of the author. It is accurate and true to the best of the author’s knowledge and should not be substituted for impartial fact or advice in legal, political, or personal matters.

© 2021 Joanne Kristin

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