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

Not-your-average police series. Each installment offers unfiltered access to the inner workings of a true crime case told by the investigators themselves. No detail is spared in this devastatingly raw, voyeuristic, and oftentimes gruesome series.

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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

Directed by Jim Sheridan, this documentary miniseries takes a unique and poetic approach to investigating the notorious unsolved 1996 murder of French film producer Sophie Toscan du Plantier in the countryside of Ireland.

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

What’s it like growing up in a cult alongside your family? Through extraordinary personal footage, filmmaker Cara Jones takes us inside Reverend Sun Myung Moon’s Unification Church as she grapples with leaving her parents behind with the cult.

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

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

Academy Award winner for Best Documentary Film, the story follows the murder of a white woman and the Black teen that everyone—from officers to journalists—was ready to condemn. When his defense lawyer joins the case, everything changes.

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 Family I HadUnited StatesDocumentary1 Hour 20 Mins
Last day to watch on Topic: October 30th

A mother recalls how her brilliant teenage son came to shatter their idyllic family through one unthinkable act. Now, left to pick up the pieces, the survivors test the boundaries of their newly defined reality in this moving true crime story.

12. 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.

13. The WitnessUnited KingdomDocumentary1 Hour 30 Mins
Last day to watch on Topic: October 30th

In 1964, when Kitty Genovese was stabbed to death near her Kew Gardens, Queens apartment, news coverage of the murder stated that 38 people in Kitty’s neighborhood witnessed the crime and failed to do anything about it. The crime became the face of urban apathy, condemned a city and defined an era. 40 years later, Genovese’s brother Bill decided to investigate the infamous murder to learn what actually happened

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