So you've finished Netflix's Dahmer? Here are 6 shows to watch next.

The following contains spoilers for a number of true crime shows. Read on at your own risk... of spoilers.

Are we all obsessed with true crime? Judging by the proliferation of podcasts, documentaries, and dramas centred around a real-life crime, the answer is a resounding YES.

But fear not, everyone. Just because we are obsessed with true crime - and in particular, murder - does not mean we are all wannabe serial killers or that we lack empathy for the people killed. Our fascination with true crime comes down to the fact that most of us are not murderers and therefore we're endlessly curious as to how someone could actually take another person's life.

Chances are you've gorged on Netflix's current number one true crime series, Dahmer - Monster: The Jeffrey Dahmer Story (yes, that's the title, and yes, it is unnecessarily long), and now you're looking for your next serial killer fix.

With that in mind, here are 6 true crime murder shows - some of them documentaries, some of them dramatisations like Dahmer - for you to sink your teeth into.

You're welcome.

Extremely Wicked, Shockingly Evil and Vile (Netflix).

The look of death. Image: Netflix. 


Out of all the streaming platforms, Netflix is at the forefront when it comes to true crime. The reason is simple - one; it is the oldest streaming platform, so it's had more time to make them, and two, it cottoned on pretty quickly how well true crime works for them.

Especially when it comes to serial killers. 

So if you liked Dahmer - Monster: The Jeffrey Dahmer Story, then Extremely Wicked, Shocking Evil and Vile is for you.

Just as a tangent, why do these titles have to be so long? Who comes up with them? Are they just doing it for a laugh?

Extremely Wicked, which is based on Elizabeth Kendall's book The Phantom Prince: My Life with Ted Bundy, tells the story of serial killer Bundy (played by Zac Efron) and his relationship with mother-of-one Kendall (played by a pre-Emily in Paris Lily Collins). Bundy was responsible for the deaths of at least 30 women and girls that he kidnapped, tortured, raped, and murdered in the 1970s.


Like Dahmer, Extremely Wicked has a tendency to focus on the perpetrator and not on the victims, which is a severe weakness in its storytelling. However, it ibased on a book from Kendall's perspective, so in some ways it does fit the narrative.

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Candy (Disney+).

Sweet like Candy? Not in this case. Image: Disney+. 


Released in Australia in August, Candy stars Jessica Biel as Candy Montgomery, a normal church-going mother and wife living an ordinary life... who murders her best friend and next-door neighbour, Betty Gore (played by Melanie Lynskey), with an axe.

"I hit her, and I hit her, and I hit her, and I hit her," she testified in court.

Candy struck Betty 41 times in total.

The murder occurred after Candy and Allan, Betty's husband, struck up an affair. After a number of sexual encounters, Allan told Candy he couldn't continue with the affair any longer. When Betty confronted Candy about the affair, she admitted to it but said it was long since over. 

A psychiatrist would later testify that Candy suffered a "dissociative reaction" and it was in this state that she killed Betty. Extraordinarily, she served no jail time, is still with her husband, and now works in mental health.

This once again proves that truth - and true crime - is stranger than fiction.


Conversations with a Killer: The John Wayne Gacy Tapes (Netflix).

This is why people are afraid of clowns. Image: Netflix. 

There is something eerie about listening to serial killer John Wayne Gacy speak. In a way, we dehumanise these murderers so that they can be separate from us - after all, we don't want to be associated with monsters like them. But listening to them speak brings back the stark truth: they are human. That's probably the most frightening thing of all.


Most people would know about the "Killer Clown" John Wayne Gacy, who killed at least 33 boys and men in the 1970s in Chicago, Illinois, in the United States. Gacy lured his victims to his house, where he performed a "magic trick" with handcuffs, effectively disabling them. Then he would torture, rape, waterlog, and strangle them, and bury them in a crawl space under his house.

In Conversations with a Killer: The John Wayne Gacy Tapes, his crimes are laid out in never-before-heard archival audio footage. Aside from Gacy, there are also interviews with those involved in the case and his capture, as well as one of the surviving victims. It's a spine-tingling watch and listen.

The Staircase (Binge).

Don't go upstairs. Image: Binge. 


The Staircase tells the story of novelist Michael Peterson (played by Colin Firth) who is accused of killing his wife Kathleen (played by Toni Collette) in December 2001. The series is based on the 2004 French-produced documentary The Staircase - sometimes known as Death on a Staircase - which was a multi-year project spanning all the way to 2018.

Due to the immense popularity of the documentary, which immersed itself in the lives of the Peterson family including Michael's legal case, the dramatised version was bound to be a hit. Of course, talent like Firth and Collette helped a lot too.

But the story itself is compelling: Was Michael's sexual relationships with men the catalyst for him killing Kathleen? What about his friend who died and was also found at the bottom of a staircase? Could an owl really have killed Kathleen?

There are only two people who will ever know what happened that night. And one of them is dead.

Watch the trailer for Binge's The Staircase. Story continues below.


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Dr Death (Stan).

This doctor is not good for you. Image: Stan.


Joshua Jackson shed off nice-guy Pacey Whittaker from Dawson's Creek and became Dr Death aka Christopher Duntsch, the neurosurgeon who botched numerous surgeries in his career, leaving his patients either dead or seriously maimed.

The series follows Duntsch from his schooling days all the way through to managing his own practice. All you can think as you watch it is: how on earth did he get away with such gross negligence for so long? When Duntsch finally gets his comeuppance, it is a sweet, sweet moment for the victims and the victims' families. Not all true crime stories get to end with some form of closure.

And hats off to Jackson for playing such a terrible, awful person so well. I didn't see one bit of Pacey in there.

Worst Roommate Ever (Netflix).

The "kindly grandmother figure" wasn't what she appeared to be. Image: Netflix. 


Warning: Watching Worst Roommate Ever will ensure that you never, ever, EVER get roommates. And if you do have roommates/flatmates already, you'll likely start staring at them with beady eyes.

Worst Roommate Ever is a documentary series that tells four separate stories, each with one common denominator - a terrible, no-good, horrible roommate who is prone to murder.

Personally, I found the first story in the series the saddest, because it featured homeless and less fortunate people who bought into the "kindness" of a woman called Dorothea Puente. Of course, it turned out that Dorothea was not as generous and magnanimous as she appeared on the surface, and, well, you can guess what happened.

All the shows featured are currently streaming on their respective platforms.

Feature image: Netflix/Disney Plus/Binge. 

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