If you’ve followed for a while, you know that I’m not an entertainment blogger. One of the most contentious points in my relationship with Vagner, funnily enough, is my everlasting hatred of going to the movies. I have one exception, though: true crime documentaries. Since we’ve spent so much time at home lately, I’ve been watching and re-watching all of my favorites and discovering new docs. If you’re on the search for true crime docs to binge this weekend, I’ve got you covered. Check ’em out.
1. I Love You, Now Die (HBO)
If you convince someone to die by suicide, we can all agree that you’ve done something morally reprehensible, but does it make you a murderer? This two-part documentary series had me seriously conflicted about whether Michelle Carter, who made international headlines after urging her boyfriend to die by suicide over text message conversations, deserved to be sent to prison. I promise that you’ll be texting friends to get their opinions after you watch this one.
2. McMillions (HBO)
I love a good murder documentary as much as the next gal, but sometimes I don’t want to think about violent crime. McMillions is the perfect documentary series if you’re looking for something a little more lighthearted. It focuses on an unbelievably large-scale fraud that involves the McDonald’s Monopoly competition. I won’t give anything else away, though — you have to see it to believe it.
3. Mommy Dead And Dearest (HBO)
By now, you’ve probably heard of Gypsy Rose and Dee Dee Blanchard — I’m a total nerd and have always been fascinated by Munchausen syndrome, so I’ve followed this case for a while. Even if you’re familiar with the case, this documentary is seriously unbelievable and will have you conflicted about who to side with.
4. Beware The Slenderman (HBO)
As if having kids wasn’t terrifying enough, here’s a reminder that them having access to the Internet can be seriously dangerous. This documentary focuses on two preteen girls who tried to kill their best friend in hopes of pleasing mythical creepypasta hero Slenderman. The interviews with their families are enough to bring you to tears.
5. The Cheshire Murders (HBO)
This documentary isn’t as well-produced as the others I recommend from HBO, but I still enjoyed it a lot, mainly because this is one of the first true crime cases I remember seeing on the news as a teenager. Random violent crime is exceedingly rare, but it still happens. How do you survive when two career criminals decide to murder your entire family for no reason? It’s heartbreaking to think about, and I was pleasantly surprised to see the suspects’ families interviewed as well.
6. There’s Something Wrong With Aunt Diane (HBO)
Much like I Love You, Now Die, I found myself texting my friends to get their thoughts on what really happened in this tragic case. I don’t want to give away the plot, but I’d be curious to know what you think after watching it — I have my own theory that I’m happy to share.
7. Amanda Knox (Netflix)
I didn’t know much about Amanda Knox before watching this, but I assumed that she was guilty based on the little I’d read about the case. I left this documentary way less convinced of her guilt. If anything, it showed me how easy it is to become a suspect in a case if you just have a peculiar personality.
8. Don’t F**k With Cats: Hunting an Internet Killer (Netflix)
This is one that requires you to go in with as little knowledge as possible. Get ready for your jaw to drop — and if you’re anything like me, you’ll wonder how you didn’t hear about this case when it happened. I will say that if you have a low tolerance for animal abuse, this one can be a rough watch at times.
9. Making a Murderer (Netflix)
I have to be honest — I almost didn’t put this one on the list because of the (fair) criticism it’s received since its release. I recommend researching the case on your own before you come to any conclusions about Steven Avery’s guilt or innocence, but it’s still a really gripping watch.
This is the only documentary on the list that made me weep — like, I was almost hyperventilating at the end as I wondered how the world could be so profoundly unfair. Don’t Google it for spoilers beforehand — in order to get the full effect of this movie, it’s best to go in not knowing anything.
Did I miss any true crime documentaries that you love? Let me know in the comments!