The way we watch movies and TV shows has certainly evolved, especially with the advent of streaming. Netflix 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 in Australia and around the world — which includes documentaries of the true crime genre.
Netflix Australia has become somewhat of a go-to platform for essential viewing crime docos from the US and beyond. We all love a good whodunnit, and there’s no denying that there’s a certain pull when re-witnessing high profile police investigations, unsolved mysteries, and even hearing the story straight from the criminal’s mouth.
The Best True Crime Documentaries on Netflix
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 available now to stream online in Australia.
- The Staircase
- Abducted In Plain Sight
- Amanda Knox
- Murder Mountain
- The Disappearance of Madeleine McCann
- Interview With A Serial Killer
- I Am A Killer
- The Confession Tapes
- The Great Hack
- Team Foxcatcher
- The Kalief Browder Story
Want to know more about these true crimes? We’ve handpicked the best 8 true documentaries to check out below. Look through all the details, grab the popcorn, and get ready for the jaw drop!
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. The Staircase
All the way back in 2001, author Michael Peterson made a call to authorities to say that his wife had fallen down the stairs of their Forest Hills mansion, resulting in her death, whilst drunk. The investigators of the case don’t think that Peterson’s story adds up and eventually charge him with her murder. Soon after Peterson’s indictment a team of documentary makers are invited to cover the case from his perspective, and what follows is true crime documentary gold.
3. The Great Hack
It seems like elections aren’t everything they’re made out to be in modern democracies, and social media may have a huge part to play in swinging votes. The Great Hack details the investigation into Cambridge Analytica, a British company that seemingly added a chunk of foul play to some of the biggest elections in the past ten years. This troubling documentary looks at how a team of analysts worked with the like of Donald Trump and the team behind Brexit, using social media to dupe the large parts of the public.
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. Team Foxcatcher
John E. Du Pont inherited a multi-billion dollar fortune from his parents, but they say that money can’t buy you everything, especially happiness. His fascination with the USA’s Olympic Wrestling team became so obsessive that he decided to build them a training base on his own estate, and ultimately build the world’s best wresting team. It all sounds straight forward, in theory, and pleasant, until Du Pont, a very slight and skinny man in his late fifties, decides he would like a piece of the action. Things get stranger and stranger as this documentary goes on, and it becomes apparent that Mr Du Pont may have more than a few mental issues.
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, which features an extensive range of genres of documentary series and films that you can choose from at any given day.
From genres that have a wider scope like health and lifestyle and social and cultural, to eye-opening wildlife and nature docos, there are also more niche ones that feature the stories of icons and legends in the music and from the sports industry. What’s even better is how there’s a bunch new docos added to Netflix every month as well. Make sure to check back in as we change up the list from time to time as new docos come in from Netflix.
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