Saturday night with some cheese popcorn, a glass of chilled coke, and a true-crime show sounds like the perfect weekend plan, doesn’t it?
In the past few years, the demand for authentic crime movies and series has increased. After all, who doesn’t love solving mysteries? Public surveys show that a majority of people show an inclination towards stories featuring killers and assorted criminals. And it’s also been proved by the way movies based on thrillers and dark plots are often blockbusters (hope no one takes pointers from them though).
If you too seek this kind of action, Netflix can be your one-stop-shop! It’s a storehouse of some of the best true crime shows that you can stream anytime, any day. So sit back and take a good look at these popular heart-racing stories.
Making a Murderer
Released in December 2015, it didn’t take long for the series to become a huge hit. It even won four Primetime Emmy Awards. This documentary series narrates Steven Avery’s story, who hailed from Manitowoc County in Wisconsin. The man was wrongfully accused and convicted for the assault and murder of Penny Beerntsen, a crime for which he served 18 grueling years in prison before his release in 2003. While he wasn’t actually guilty of this crime, in 2007 he was again convicted of Teresa Halbach’s murder, so it really leaves the viewers wondering about his true inclinations.
Directed by Ryan White, this 2017 documentary tries to unravel the mysteries behind the gruesome killing of Catherine Cesnik, a nun and a Drama and English teacher at an all-girls high school by the name Archbishop Keough in Baltimore. Her students believed that the authorities drew a veil over her death because she had accused Anthony Joseph Maskell, the school-priest, of harassing and abusing students.
Conversations with a Killer: The Ted Bundy Tapes
Though critics believe this Joe Berlinger-directed series is harrowing and nihilistic, crime show lovers look deeply fascinated by it. Released in January 2019, the series shows interviews and archival footage of serial killer Ted Bundy, who had confessed to murdering thirty women.
Wild Wild Country
This series received wide critical acclaim, holding a 98% rating on Rotten Tomatoes. The six-part show revolves around controversial Indian spiritual leader Osho (Bhagwan Shree Rajneesh), his aide Ma Anand Sheela, and their rather large community of followers. In 1968, Osho launched a movement in India that attracted many western followers. To build a commune, a few years later Osho and his whole group, including the followers, moved to Antelope, Oregon. The series covers their luxurious lives that soon come under the radar of the FBI.
The cliché that the rich get richer and the poor get poorer doesn’t always work legally, and this is what Dirty Money portrays. The series shows how people fool the law for their benefit. It has twelve episodes, each telling a different story of corporate corruption or securities fraud, or abuse of any other law. The show has been rated 100% on Rotten Tomatoes and has a huge fan following.
Wrapping it up
No matter what people say, having a soft spot for dark plots is common to most of us. It just shows that we aren’t satisfied only with happy endings and made-up stories. But it does also portray the evil streak that resides in all of us. So we suggest you do watch some of these masterpieces, but for the love of God, don’t let them get into your mind!