Best True-crime Shows to Stream Now

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If you're scrolling through a pileup of shows to binge-watch, it's easy to fall down the rabbit hole, not really knowing what you're in the mood for. Whether you're settling in for a weekend or looking for options for a movie night, true-crime or unsettling documentaries are an easy way to feed your obsession. Today, there's no shortage of true-crime documentaries re-examining present or past cases as well as media sensations that have captivated the nation in yesteryears.

Everywhere you see these days, it seems like there's a new and wildly successful podcast, book, or show devoted to a crime. People are obsessed with true crime docuseries nowadays, and there's nothing weird about it. 'It says that we're normal and we're healthy," says Dr. Michael Mantell, former chief psychologist of the San Diego Police Department. However, there's a huge difference between being obsessed and being fascinated by it. You have to make sure that your obsession is not turning into something you want to pursue. Keep it low-key and enjoy the list of true-crime series/movies we've narrowed down for you.

Amanda Knox

Top on the list, we have the case every true crime fan knows about, Amanda Knox. It is a story of a then 20-year old American girl in Italy found guilty and later acquitted of murdering roommate Meredith Kercher. This whole story is among the true-crime sensations. To get a second look as directors Rod Blackhurst and Brian McGinn let the key players involved, Knox, co-defendant and ex-boyfriend Raffaele Sollecito, Daily Mail reporter Nick Pisa and Italian Prosecutor Giuliano Mignini. The main motive of making this film was to make people understand what actually happened from the first-person perspective. All in all, you should really add this one to your watchlist now!

I Love You, Now Die: The Commonwealth v. Michelle Carter

This two-parter is about a teenager who sent hundreds of texts to her boyfriend proposing ways he could take his own life, which starts out simple and dreadful. Then the surprises start coming. This film reveals the exceptional true story of two teenagers from Massachusetts, Michelle Carter and Conrod Roy. They met few times in 2012, but built their relationship via thousands of messages over the next two years before Roy, took his own life on 12 July 2014. In the months leading up to his suicide, he received a slew of messages from Carter, later found on his phone, offering advice on timing, methodology and general encouragement. “You’re overthinking it…You just have to do it like you said” “There’s a lot of ways”. She was indicted for involuntary manslaughter. This story becomes more dark and disturbing as the mayhem unfolded; this one is worthy of all your time.

Making a Murderer

This is a Netflix docuseries, which quickly became a national sensation, narrates the story of Steven Avery, a man falsely accused of sexual assault and later exonerated after 18 years in prison. After his release, he was eventually charged for the murder of Teresa Halbach. This series was filmed over the course of 10 years by filmmakers Laura Ricciardi and Moira Demos; the series takes a closer look at the prosecution’s investigation, focusing on the potential injustice in Manitowoc County, Wisconsin. After the huge success of the series, it returned for a second season, which follows Ricciardi and Demos as they return to the Midwest to get the latest Avery, his nephew, Brenden Dassey, their families and legal teams fighting on their behalf.

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