For Your Rest Day | Must-Watch Netflix Crime Documentaries

For Your Rest Day | Must-Watch Netflix Crime Documentaries

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Making A Murderer

If you haven’t watched this, I’m pretty sure you have heard about it.

Making A Murderer is a Netflix documentary following a man called Steven Avery. Steven served 18 years in prison for a crime he did not commit.

After his exoneration, he filed a suit against the county in regards to his wrongful conviction. During this time period, he was arrested for the murder of Terasa Halbach.

To this day, Avery pleads his innocence. 

All I can say is; watch the series and come to your own conclusion, because trust me, you will be talking about this for days.


Casting JonBenet

An American child beauty queen who was killed in her family home of Boulder, Colorado.

JonBenet’s death shocked the country and remains a mystery to this day. 

"Casting JonBenet" documents the casting of a fictional film

All actors involved are from the Colorado area and are auditioning for the roles of the real-life people involved in the case. Throughout the process, they provide their own speculations about what they think actually happened. 

I know it sounds a little weird, but the whole concept is incredibly clever. The emotion of each actor is genuinely evoked by the case and their hypothesis behind it. It also removes you slightly from the reality and severity of the crime, until suddenly you realise it did truly happen, and it’s pretty damn scary. 


Amanda Knox

If, like me, you are intrigued by the Amanda Knox case, this one is for you.

Quite often I have found myself in a Wiki-hole re-reading the case. 

So, a brief background history for those who do not know; Amanda Knox is an American woman who spent almost four years in prison for the murder of Meredith Kercher, a fellow exchange student and her roommate.

In 2015, Knox was acquitted by the Italian Supreme Court of Cassation.

I must also add; Knox has stood trial twice, been found guilty both times, and then been acquitted. 

So, the whole process has been pretty long. 

The documentary provides interviews with several key people, including Knox herself, explaining the ins and outs of this unusual case.

Similar to Making A Murderer, you will most certainly be discussing this for days. 


The Keepers

Catherine Cesnik was a Catholic religious sister who taught English and drama in Baltimore, Maryland. 

On the 7th of November, 1969, Cesnik disappeared. Her body was found on January 3rd, 1970.

The documentary explores the unsolved murder and suspicions of her students; who believe her murder was a cover-up, as Cathy suspected a priest at her school was guilty of sexually abusing students. 

I won't lie, the series is pretty upsetting and it will most certainly stay with you, BUT it’s utterly compelling and incredibly well done. 

Have you got any to add to the list? Comment below! 

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