What are the best murder cases documentaries?

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    #1Making a Murderer

    Making a Murderer

    Making a Murderer is a documentary that explores the story of Steven Avery, who served 18 years in prison due to a wrongful accusation. This series is written and directed by Laura Ricciardi and Moira Demos.

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    Rachel Keller
    Written on March 29, 2017
    "It would be hard to find any documentary that made more headlines in recent memory than "Making A Murderer." Filmed over ten years, it depicts the real life drama created by the mysterious murder or a young woman and the man seemingly framed for her killing. It's very well done."
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    #2The Thin Blue Line

    The Thin Blue Line
    The Thin Blue Line is a documentary directed by Errol Morris. It was released in 1988 and revolved around the controversial cop murder case against Randall Adams. The documentary was crucial in proving the innocence of Adams.
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    Phillip Miller
    Written on January 5, 2017
    "The Thin Blue Line is a fascinating docu-drama based on footage and interviews of relevant people that took place around the time of the crime. Quite compelling and interesting, even just for a casual view."
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    #3O.J.: Made in America

    O.J.: Made in America
    O.J. Made in America is a 2016 documentary produced and directed by Ezra Edelman for ESPN's 30 for 30 series. It tackles the life of O.J. Simpson and his emerging football career at the University of Southern California.
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    $4.99- 1 month

    James Evans
    Written on March 29, 2017
    "The documentary about the O.J. murder case is very in depth and give you an insight on the events that transpired, starting from the beginning in O.J.'s life. It chronicles the events that lead up to the famous murder and trial over five episodes, that are all very enjoyable to watch."
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    #4Thought Crimes: The Case Of The Cannibal Cop

    Thought Crimes: The Case Of The Cannibal Cop
    Filmmaker Erin Lee Carr examines the case of Gilberto Valle, a New York police officer accused of conspiring to kidnap and cannibalize women. The HBO documentary features Gary Allen, Violet Blue, and James A. Cohen.
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    Ruth Jordan
    Written on September 12, 2017
    "While thought crimes is truly intriguing, it's not actually about murder cases. It's about whether "someone can be found guilty for his or her most dangerous thoughts." This is a compelling question, and Thought Crimes does a great job of exploring it."
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    #5The Staircase

    The Staircase
    This documentary examines the trial of author Michael Peterson who was arraigned on charges of murdering his wife after she was found dead at the foot of the staircase in their North Carolina home.
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    $2.99- Price per episode

    Louis Fuller
    Written on June 10, 2017
    "This fascinating documentary is well worth watching and had me transfixed. It's an intriguing film that both horrifies and captivates. It still amazes me how sick some people but if you enjoy learning about murder cases then it's definitely worth the time."
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    #6West Of Memphis

    West Of Memphis
    This documentary film is an examination of a failure of justice in the case of a murder of a boy in a town called West Memphis.
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    Joe Jacobs
    Written on January 10, 2017
    "West of Memphis is an interesting documentary focused on the murders of three boys in an Arkansas town. The acting is good and the storyline overall is adequate but the movie seemed to drag on at times and appeared to have a lot of filler which became repetitive."
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    #7The Cheshire Murders

    The Cheshire Murders
    The Cheshire Murders is a documentary film which looks deeper on the crime committed by ex-convicts Steven Hayes and Joshua Komisarjevsky who invaded the family home of Jennifer Hawke-Petit in Cheshire, Connecticut. 
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    Aaron Martinez
    Written on March 30, 2017
    "I love murder case documentaries and The Cheshire Murders is a great film to watch! It gets you hooked and keeps you guessing until the end, must watch film!"
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    #8O. J.: Monster or Myth?

    O. J.: Monster or Myth?
    Utilizing audio of O.J. Simpson discussing his life, this documentary attempts to find the truth about this infamous felon and one-time football hero.
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    Wayne Hopkins
    Written on January 22, 2017
    "Having taken an interest in the OJ Simpson case, I looked out for more research on this topic. OJ: Monster of Myth was a great resource that contained audio about the former football player turned felon. This was a great tool for a better understanding."
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    #921 Best True Crime Documentaries You Can Watch on YouTube

    21 Best True Crime Documentaries You Can Watch on YouTube

    21 Best True Crime Documentaries You Can Watch on YouTube is an article published on CrimeViral.com which talks about documentaries tackling the most disturbing and mysterious crimes to have happened over the past fifty years.

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    Edward Banks
    Written on May 30, 2017
    "I think the person searching the topic would in the end be disappointed. The site lists some documentaries, but at no point links to any of them. I would imagine someone searching that topic just wants to see a list of potential videos"
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    #10Tales of the Grim Sleeper

    Tales of the Grim Sleeper
    Tales of the Grim Sleeper is a documentary film, focused on Lonnie Franklin Jr., who was arrested in South Central Los Angeles in 2010 as the suspected murderer of a string of young black women.
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    James Austin
    Written on September 12, 2017
    "These documentaries are professionally done with realistic re-enactments that make the events more vivid and understandable. Many of the original investigating personnel and witnesses are involved so the viewer feels like he or she is getting first hand information."
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    #11The Devil in the White City

    The Devil in the White City

    The Devil in the White City: Murder, Magic, and Madness at the Fair That Changed America is written by Erik Larson. This tells the story of Henry H. Holmes, a 19th-century serial killer. Published in 2003 by Random House.

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    Kathy Lewis
    Written on April 4, 2018
    "This story, based on a real person, is still shocking and disturbing decades later. Mr Holmes was a very interesting character, and the story of what he did is very compelling, and legitimately horrifying. The account in this book is the most thorough and accurate that you will ever find."

Summary

Best What are the best murder cases documentaries
RankSolutionsTypeVotesPrice
1Making a MurdererTV Shows 26 Paid
2The Thin Blue LineMovies 25 Paid
3O.J.: Made in AmericaTV Shows 22 Paid
4Thought Crimes: The Case Of The Cannibal CopMovies 17 Paid
5The StaircaseTV Shows 16 Paid
6West Of MemphisMovies 15 Paid
7The Cheshire MurdersMovies 13 Paid
8O. J.: Monster or Myth?Movies 8 Paid
921 Best True Crime Documentaries You Can Watch on YouTubeArticles 8 Free
10Tales of the Grim SleeperMovies 6 Free
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