True Crime Documentaries on Topic

What fascinates us about true crime stories? Is it catharsis for our fears or curiosity about human minds not like our own? A good true crime documentary takes you on a journey, brings you into the investigation and feeds your need for justice. Many of these go a step further by telling the story through those at the center of the crimes or those who were left behind to pick up the pieces.
1.20.2022
1. Catching A KillerUnited KingdomDocumentary1 SN | 5 EPS

SYNOPSIS  A gripping documentary series featuring investigators from the Thames Valley Police Department as they solve actual murder cases.

WHAT  Fans of true crime will love this unfiltered look at what it takes to find a killer and bring closure to those in mourning.

WHY  Won awards from the Royal Television Society, BAFTA, Broadcast Awards Shortlist, and Televisual Bulldog Awards.

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2. The Missing ChildrenUnited KingdomDocumentary1 SN | 3 EPS

SYNOPSIS  An extraordinary true crime story that exposes the Catholic Church’s involvement in the trafficking, neglect and suspicious deaths of babies born to unwed mothers.

WHAT  Stories of some of the survivors of the Bon Secours mother and baby home in Tuam, Ireland.

WHY  Tuam is just one of 18 such mother and baby homes investigated across Ireland.

3. Murder at the CottageIrelandDocumentary1 SN | 5 EPS

SYNOPSIS  A documentary presenting original evidence and previously unseen footage in an effort to revive the still-unsolved murder of Sophie Toscan du Plantier in 1996.

WHAT  The main suspect was tried and convicted in Paris in absentia in 2019. He maintains his innocence and still resides in Ireland.

WHY  Filmmaker Jim Sheridan has been nominated for six Oscars.

4. Aileen: Life and Death of a Serial KillerUnited KingdomDocumentary1 Hour 33 Mins

Aileen: Life and Death of a Serial Killer looks at notorious female serial killer Aileen Wuornos’ violent, tortured childhood in Troy, Michigan and her subsequent years on the road as a hitch-hiking sex worker which culminated in the murders. In her last interview before her 2002 execution, conducted by Broomfield at Aileen’s request, she said she believed her mind was being controlled by radio waves.

5. Blessed ChildUnited StatesDocumentary1 Hour 17 Mins

SYNOPSIS  A former cult member interviews her parents, who are still active members of the Unification Church of Reverand Sun Myung Moon, about its affects on their family.

WHAT  A complex and raw look at family dynamics driven by the rules and structure of a cult.

WHY  The filmmaker and cameraman are the daughter and son of the main subjects.

6. Blue Code of SilenceUnited StatesDocumentary1 Hour 15 Mins

When Bob Leuci turned on his fellow officers to bring down New York’s most corrupt police unit, he was both lauded as a hero and condemned as a rat. 40 years later he tells his side of the story.

7. Dear Zachary - 10th Anniversary EditionUnited StatesDocumentary1 Hour 34 Mins
Last day to watch on Topic: February 27th

Filmmaker Kurt Kuenne's poignant tribute to his murdered childhood friend, Andrew Bagby, tells the story of a child custody battle between Bagby's grieving parents and Shirley Turner, Bagby's pregnant ex-girlfriend and suspected killer. What the filmmaker initially intended as a ‘letter’ to his best friend’s unborn child takes on a series of unexpectedly tragic twists as the story unfolds. A deeply powerful documentary that served as a sobering wake-up call to Canada’s bail laws.

8. Did You Wonder Who Fired the Gun?United StatesDocumentary1 Hour 30 Mins

“In 1946, my great-grandfather murdered a black man named Bill Spann and got away with it.” So begins Travis Wilkerson’s critically acclaimed documentary which takes us on a journey through the American South to uncover the truth behind a horrific incident and the societal mores that allowed it to happen. Acting as narrator and guide, Wilkerson spins a strange, frightening tale for a gripping investigation into our collective past and its echoes into the present day.

9. Murder On a Sunday MorningUnited StatesDocumentary1 Hour 51 Mins

SYNOPSIS  A French documentary crew filmed the 2000 trial of Brenton Butler, a 15-year-old Black boy wrongly accused of murder in Jacksonville, Florida.

WHAT  A look at race and the American justice system.

WHY  Winner of the Academy Award for Best Documentary in 2002.

10. The Act of KillingDenmarkDocumentary2 Hours 40 Mins

Filmmaker Joshua Oppenheimer and documentary titans, Werner Herzog and Errol Morris examine a country where Indonesian death squad leaders are celebrated as heroes, challenging them to reenact their real-life mass-killings.

11. The Look of SilenceDenmarkDocumentary1 Hour 43 Mins

A powerful companion piece to the Oscar®-nominated The Act Of Killing. After 50 years of silence, a family of survivors discovers how their son was murdered, and who was responsible, after viewing footage of the perpetrators’ reenactments.

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