Wednesday, 6 June 2018

5 Crime Documentaries to Watch

Lately I've been obsessed with true crime even more than normal, and with this I've been turning to Netflix to give me my fix, discovering true crime stories I hadn't discovered before. Although I've dabbled in documentaries before, I find that they're often much heavier than a 20-40 minute long Cayleigh Elise episode, but I have to admit I've been really enjoying them lately.

Today I thought I'd share with you a few documentaries that are worth watching.


This is one of the first documentaries I watched on Netflix, last year, and it's a story that's stuck with me. It's not for the faint of heart, and is extremely dark and emotional. I did enjoy it, as much as you can enjoy a documentary about children being abused, but it's one where I had to take breaks in between each episode because it was far too much to be binge-watching. My heart felt so heavy at the end of the series for the victims, and Cathy Cesnik, neither of whom received any real justice.


Although this documentary didn't shed any real light on the investigation or reveal anything I didn't already know, the case of Jonbenet Ramsey has always been an intriguing one, albeit sad, as any murder of a child is. 6-year-old Jonbenet was a beauty pageant queen and killed in her home in 1996. The murder has remained unsolved, and this case involves actors sharing the story of what happened, and their theories on who killed her. What I liked about this documentary is how different it is to every other documentary out there, with the use of actors recreating scenes and giving their opinions - it's definitely a different twist, and it's super interesting to see how other people view and interpret the case. 


This TV series has two seasons on Netflix and involves actors recreating the stories while  the real detective of the case is interviewed and shares what went down, and how the case was solved. Its essentially about police detectives sharing the cases that they'll never forget. I love how this is bite-sized, with each episode only being about an hour, so you don't feel overrun with information, and the stories are succinct and laid out nicely so that its easy to follow. The stories are all different and very interesting, and I hope there are more seasons of this to come.


The Confession Tapes is quite similar in format to Real Detective, in that its a series with a new case almost each episode, where police, prosecutors and other important people are interviewed about the case, telling us what happened and giving opinions. This one is actually shocking because it's about people who made false confessions under police harassment or after being interviewed for about 15 hours, and they are convicted entirely on that alone. While you can question the innocence of some, my heart goes out to a lot of the people in this show who were convicted as I don't think they were guilty or deserved imprisonment.


Another infamous case, the case of Johnny Gosch is another that remains unsolved to this day. Set in 1982, Johnny is a twelve-year-old who vanishes while out on his paper route one morning, and the documentary follows Johnny's mother, Noreen, in 2014 as she searches relentlessly for her missing son. The reason I think that this case is so important is that Noreen, who fought non-stop to find her son and find answers, and her husband are the reason that the 'Johnny Gosch bill' was passed in Iowa, 1984, which meant that law enforcement had to immediately investigate missing children incases, instead of waiting 72 hours, which is what the old law had stated. The Gosch's also played a huge part in establishing The National Center for Missing & Exploited Children in that same year, which you'll be familiar with if, like myself, you watch a lot of true crime. I think it's incredibly sad that Johnny has never been found, but there are many theories that claim he is still alive.

What crime documentaries do you recommend?


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