The way we watch movies and TV shows has certainly evolved, especially with the advent of streaming. Streaming TV has paved the way for shows and movies to be made more accessible to viewers, especially those that were once confined to niche channels or media outlets — which includes documentaries.
With the launch of Netflix in Australia came an influx of endless options of TV shows and movies that viewers can choose from and watch right at the comfort of their own homes. This includes a wide range of captivating and thought-provoking docos that cover just about every possible genre, and sourced from all around the world.
The Best True Crime Documentaries on Netflix
Among the most in-demand genres of docos that viewers seek out to watch these days is true crime. As horrifying and terrifying as these can be, there’s no denial that there’s a certain pull for people to sit down and watch through the retelling of the most gruesome murders, unsolved mysteries, and even hearing it straight from the criminal’s mouth.
From listening to one of the most notorious serial killers known to the world to diving deep into the mysteries surrounding an unsolved death several years ago, we’ve got you covered with the best Netflix true crime documentaries that are now available for streaming in Australia.
1. Making A Murderer
Guilty or wrongfully convicted? Making A Murderer follows the story Steven Avery, who has served almost two decades for a crime he didn’t commit and then finds himself as the prime suspect in another grisly murder. It’s a complicated game of truth and lies that’s been filmed and covered in the course of 10 years — and that’s just for season 1. Steven, alongside his nephew Brendan Dassey, is arrested, prosecuted, and convicted for the murder of Teresa Halbach — and the aftermath of it all is what’s explored in the second season. But how guilty is Steven Avery? Don’t miss this award-winning documentary, which even resulted to a nationwide petition for his pardon, only on Netflix.
2. Conversations With a Killer: The Ted Bundy Tapes
Anyone who is a fan of true crime, or may even have just joined the bandwagon, would know all about the one and only Ted Bundy. One of the most notorious serial killers of all time, Ted Bundy has captured the attention of the world not just with the number and his method of committing the most gruesome murders, but more so for his unique character and demeanor that’s not of your stereotypical murderer. Conversations With A Killer: Ted Bundy explores more about the details of the crimes, as it features interviews of his family, friends, surviving victims, involved law enforcement officers — not to mention, over 100 hours of interviews and archival footage of Ted Bundy himself. It takes viewers on a chilling ride with four episodes, which retells and relives the horror of it all up until the moment of his execution.
3. Abducted in Plain Sight
Abducted In Plain Sight is a bewildering account of one little girl’s kidnapping by a deceivingly charming neighbour and family friend — not just once, but twice. It’s possibly one of the strangest true crime stories ever, one that would surely leave viewers scratching their heads in confusion and frustration over what happened to Jan Broberg and her family. It’s a story of extreme manipulation and grooming, which led to the deception of a teenage girl and of her own parents. Jan Broberg, alongside her parents and her sisters, appear in the documentary and retell their own experiences, which is certainly as bizarre and horrifying as it gets.
4. Amanda Knox
One of the most controversial true crime stories in modern-day, Amanda Knox — as the title suggests — is all about Amanda Knox and her story of being convicted twice for the murder of her roomate Meredith Kercher, and then later being acquitted and set free. This doco, which features interviews of Amanda Knox, her ex-boyfriend Raffaele Sollecito, Italian prosecutor Giuliano Mignini, and others involved in the case, has been considered as “illuminating” — seeing the story from the inside-out, instead of how it’s been portrayed in the media throughout the years. Watch on Foxtel Now
5. The Keepers
“Who killed Sister Cathy?” This is the question that this seven-part true crime doco series tries to answer. Sister Catherine Cesnik was a teacher at Baltimore’s Archbishop Keough High School, who suddenly disappeared on a fateful night and was confirmed to be dead after being found brutally murdered. Almost five decades after her death, her former students still carry the pain and have since then dedicated their time into unraveling the mystery surrounding her death — which is also tied to the belief that her death was to cover up the sexual abuse of students by one A. Joseph Maskell at the same school. Not only does this documentary reveal a lot of details surrounding her death, but it also exposes the truth behind the politics of sexual abuse within the Catholic church.
6. Evil Genius: The Story of America’s Most Diabolical Bank Heist
At 2:28 PM of August 28, 2003, a man walks into a bank with a bomb locked around his neck. This may sound fictional, but it’s a true story of one of the most sadistic true crime stories in America, which is also dubbed as the “collar bomb” or “pizza bomber” case. Evil Genius details the story of Brian Wells, a pizza deliveryman who walked into a bank and demanded $250,000, threatening to blow up the place with a bomb that’s tied around his neck — of which he originally thought was a fake bomb, but ended up blowing up and killing him in the process. How it all came to be is investigated in this four-part series, resulting to the discovery of the truth behind the conspiracy.
7. I Am A Killer
There really is something so raw and chilling about having to watch and hear the truth straight from the killer’s mouth. I Am A Killer features ten death row inmates convicted of capital murder, as they sit down and give a firsthand account of their crimes and how they ended up in prison. As horrifying it is to have to relive the details of the murders and crimes they’ve committed, this documentary also offers a unique insight into the humanity behind the convicted murderer. Things aren’t always black and white, and I Am A Killer unravels the depth and complexity of these ten cases through the eyes of the men who behind the deaths.
8. Murder Mountain
Murder Mountain is a six-episode documentary series that explores Northern California’s Humboldt County, a mountain range known for the growth and harvest of illegal cannabis that’s also tied to several disappearances and murders in the surrounding area. The doco focuses mostly on the case of Garret Rodriguez, a 29-year-old cannabis grower who disappeared and was found murdered in the region. The investigation surrounding his disappearance and murder unravels the truth about this wild and lawless place, Alderpoint, which is better known as Murder Mountain by the residents.
Stream the Best Docos Now on Netflix!
Netflix is home to an extensive library of content, which includes some of the most moving and captivating documentaries ever made. Best part is how you can find them all in one convenient place, and with new docos added to Netflix every month! Make sure to check back in as we change up the list from time to time as new docos come in from Netflix.