True Crime Documentaries on Topic
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
“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.
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.
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.
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.