Updated: Oct 14
True crime documentary series have become a staple of modern television, offering viewers a deep dive into some of the most intriguing and chilling real-life mysteries and criminal cases. From podcasts to books, society seems to love anything true crime related. We at Ultimate Media are no different and have put together a list of 12 of the best true crime documentary series we have enjoyed recently. All of the following series can be seen with a IPTV subscription.
While Netflix has become a go-to platform for this genre, there are plenty other serving up some seriously compelling true crime content. Here are the 12 best true crime documentary series not on Netflix that you need to check out.
1. "The Jinx: The Life and Deaths of Robert Durst" (HBO)
"The Jinx" is a chilling six-part series that delves into the life of Robert Durst, a real estate heir with a disturbing past. The series is known for its shocking finale, which left viewers and critics alike in awe. It's a must-watch for any true crime enthusiast.
2. "Fred West - The Glasgow Girls" (Sky Crime)
This three-part series looks into the often overlooked first three victims of the infamous serial killer Fred West. Long before he met his future wife, and partner-in-crime, young Fred was terrorising Glasgow. This is the story of those years.
3. "The Case Against Adnan Syed" (HBO)
This four-part series is a follow-up to the wildly popular "Serial" podcast, delving deeper into the case of Adnan Syed, who was convicted murdering his ex-girlfriend, Hae Min Lee, in 1999. The series explores new evidence and perspectives, making it a must-watch for fans of the original podcast.
4. "The Murder of Laci Peterson" (A&E)
This six-part series re-examines the case of Scott Peterson, who was convicted of murdering his pregnant wife, Laci, in 2002. The series features new interviews with key players in the case, offering fresh insights into this tragic story.
5. "The Staircase" (Sundance TV)
"The Staircase" is a compelling series that follows the trial of novelist Michael Peterson, accused of killing his wife. The series, originally released in 2004 and updated in 2018, offers an intimate look into the defense's perspective, making it a unique entry in the true crime genre.
6. "Buried" (Showtime)
Follows the story of Eileen Franklin who suddenly remembered, after more than 20 years, witnessing the rape and murder of her childhood best friend who was 8-years old at the time. This is a series which has to be seen to be believed and shows the repercussions of that fateful assertion of the subconscious and the infinite questions it sparked.
7. "I'll Be Gone in the Dark" (HBO)
"I'll Be Gone in the Dark" is a six-part series based on Michelle McNamara's book of the same name. It follows her investigation into the Golden State Killer, a serial rapist and murderer who terrorized California in the 1970s and 80s.
8. "How to create a Sex Scandal" (MAX original)
Some stories are stranger than fiction, and this three-part series delves into a truly strange story. In a sleepy Texas town a community is thrown into turmoil when local children reveal shocking testimony about a paedophile sex ring that was active at a local swingers club. Arrests are made, "justice" is handed out, lives are destroyed......but is everything as it seems?
9. "I, Sniper: The Washington Killers"
In the Fall of 2002, Washington D.C was terrorised by a father/son sniper team who killed 10 innocent people, and injured three more. Told over 8 episodes this is the story of that fateful day told by those who were there, including one of the surviving shooters himself. This a rare glimpse into the mind of a killer and to hear his side of the story.
10. "Monster in the Shadows" (Peacock original)
Documenting one of Alabama's most horrific cases, involving the mysterious disappearance of Brittney Wood. This is a case that involves the darkest aspects of humanity, incest, sex trafficking and tragedy. A difficult watch, but an engrossing true crime series nonetheless.
11. "The Murders at Starved Rock" (HBO)
Examining the brutal murders of three women in 1960 in LaSalle County, Ilinois. After spending 60 years in prison, one man seeks to clear his name helped by the son of the original prosecutor in the case.
12. "Who killed Robert Wone?" (Peacock original)
True crime buffs will remember this case from numerous podcasts including Casefile presents. This series details the mystery surrounding the 2006 murder of young attorney Robert Wone at a friends house in Washington D.C. This two part series really does prove that the truth is sometimes stranger than fiction.
So there we have it, 12 of the best true crime documentaries you won't find on Netflix. True crime will continue to be a fascinating subject it seems for so many viewers so if you have any other suggestions, please add them below in the comments.
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