Top 5 Best True Crime Documentaries


Maria Gomez Enriquez

Crimes are something that happen almost everyday all over the world. There are many people who are interested in learning about true crime stories. They can learn about crime stories through articles or through documentaries. Today we will be learning about 5 of the best true crime documentaries. 


The top 5 best true crime documentaries include The Confession Killer, American Murder: The Family Next Door, Night Stalker: The Hunt for a Serial Killer, Don’t F With Cats: Hunting an Internet Killer, and Conversations with a Killer: The Ted Bundy Tapes. 


The first documentary is called “The Confession Killer”. The year that this documentary came out was 2019. It was directed by Robert Kenner and Taki Oldham. It takes place in the year of 1983. Henry Lee Lucas had confessed to the murder of over 200 people in the United States. But many years later, his confession was discovered to be false. Although he didn’t murder hundreds, Henry killed 3 people. One of those persons was his mother and his relationship to the other two is unknown. In this documentary, there are five episodes, and you can see it on Netflix. 


The second documentary’s title is “American Murder: The Family Next Door”. The year that this documentary came out was in 2020. It was directed by Jenny Popplewell. This story is about the Watts family murders which took place in Frederick, Colorado. Some of the things that are used in this documentary are social media posts, text messages, home video footage and law enforcement recordings. The documentary is about how a husband, Christopher Watts, wanted to leave his relationship to be with another woman. Christopher doesn’t get a divorce like a normal person would. Instead, he murders his wife, Shanann and their two daughters Bella and Celeste. This documentary will leave you on edge and leave you wondering; what’s going to happen next? This documentary is on Netflix as well. 


The third documentary is called “Night Stalker: The Hunt for a Serial Killer”. It came out this year and was directed by Tiller Russell and James Carroll. This documentary focuses on a man named Richard Ramirez, who is a serial killer. The documentary begins as a series of murders and other crimes start occurring in Los Angeles. The year is 1985, detectives Gil Carrillo and Frank Salerno start figuring and connecting the clues. This eerie and chilling documentary can be found on Netflix and it has 4 episodes. 


The fourth documentary is called “Don’t F With Cats: Hunting an Internet Killer”. This was directed by Mark Lewis and came on to Netflix in the year of 2019. It only has three episodes. At first you might look at the title and be like; why does it have the word “cats” in the title? Well, this sinister crime actually involved kittens at first. This documentary follows Deanna Thompson and John Green in an online manhunt. In 2010, there were several videos of a person who killed kittens and uploaded them on You Tube. Deanna and John were both in a Facebook group who would analyze and find clues about who this kitten killer could be. They found out it was a man named Luka Magnotta. Although Thomposn, Green, and the others in the Facebook group had evidence, the police would not listen to them until it was too late. Luka had moved on from animals and killed a person. The plot twists in this documentary will leave you very surprised. 


The fifth documentary is “Conversations with a Killer: The Ted Bundy Tapes”. It was directed by Joe Berlinger in 2019. This documentary has four episodes and is on Netflix. This serial killer that the documentary focuses on is Ted Bundy, who murdered twenty people, and possibly even more. Throughout the four episodes, there are over a hundred hours of footage of interviews of Bundy. He is also interviewed with his family, friends, survivors and law enforcement.