First we had Serial. Then we had Making a Murderer. Then we had approximately two weeks of terrifying downtime with nothing to do and nothing to live for. (We also had Serial Season 2, but I think we can all agree that’s better not discussed).
Let’s face it: True crime documentaries are the lifeblood of people with boring, not-involved-with-murder-y lives, and you should never be without one.
Luckily, we’ve got you sorted with a whole bunch of options to satisfy your thirst for injustice and cruelty (no judgment here), ranked on the things we love most about Making a Murderer: shocking twists, police corruption and, of course, general creepiness.
1. The Jinx: The Life and Deaths of Robert Durst
In 1982, Durst’s wife Kathie disappeared from their home in the Vermont countryside. 18 years later, Durst’s close friend Susan is found murdered in her home. Later the same year, Durst’s neighbour’s body is found dismembered, wrapped in garbage bags and floating in the bay. Durst is the only link between the crimes.
In The Jinx, the enigmatic, wealthy and almost unbearably creepy Durst agrees to an extended 6-part interview with filmmaker Andrew Jarecki to tell his side of the story.
Shocking twist: 10/10 (Hang in there ’til the last episode – you won’t be disappointed).
Police corruption: 0/10 (We all need a break sometimes).
General creepiness: 9.5/10 (Durst’s voice will haunt your nightmares).
Watch the trailer for The Jinx:
2. The Imposter
If you’re a true crime buff from way back and believe nothing will ever surprise you again, you need to watch The Imposter, which follows the story of missing Texas teenager Nicholas Barclay.
Barclay had blonde hair and blue eyes when he disappeared from a basketball court near his family home at age thirteen. So when serial French impostor Frédéric Bourdin, dark haired, dark eyed, 23 years old and with a French accent, chooses Barclay’s name from a database of missing persons three years later, his chances of successfully a successful impersonation seem minimal.
That’s why it’s so mind-boggling to watch the Barclay family fall for his ruse.
The story Bourdin creates is convoluted and unbelievable. It’s terrifying to see him at work – but it’s more terrifying to consider the desperation that would drive the family of a missing person to accept an impostor into their home in place of their missing son.
Shocking twist: 5/10
Police corruption: 3/10 (I’m sure they were just doing their jobs, but guys, come on. He’s French.)