Best true crime documentaries you need to watch this summer

True crime has become a most popular genre of mainstream media in recent years – from mysteries left long-unsolved to compelling confessionals and some stark shedding of light on the criminal justice system. We love them and we know you love them too. Here are our favourite true crime documentaries that recently landed on Netflix and are worth a watch.

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Conversations With A Killer: The Ted Bundy Tapes

Offering “a searing portrait” of one of the most notorious serial killers of all time, this new documentary about Ted Bundy and the murders of 30 women in the ’70s uses present-day interviews, archival footage and audio interviews with Bundy while he was on death row. The docu-series was released days before a feature film – titled Extremely Wicked, Shockingly Evil and Vile – and starring Zac Efron as the convicted killer with Lily Collins as his girlfriend, Elizabeth Kloepfer, made its debut.

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Abducted In Plain Sight

This documentary covers the shocking case of 12-year-old Jan Broberg, twice abducted from her family home in a small community in Idaho and subjected to sexual and psychological abuse at the hands of neighbour Robert Berchtold, who had groomed and manipulated Broberg’s parents too. The beyond-belief accumulation of events involves “aliens”, affairs and the FBI.

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The Central Park Five

Ava DuVernay has created, written and directed this mini-series, which dramatises the infamous Central Park Five case and exposes the breakdown of the criminal justice system in the US during it. A female jogger was attacked in Central Park in 1989 and five teenage boys were convicted of the crime, each spending years in prison before ultimately being exonerated in 2002.

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What do you think of these true crime documentaries? Have you seen any already? Let us know in the comment section below.

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