Making A Murder and Serial officially have us hooked on true crime; from murder to robbery, fraud to false imprisonment, these whodunnit series are keeping us up all night long, and we love it.
But if you’re looking for something to fill that true-crime shaped hole in your life after Making A Murderer, don’t worry! These are the TV series, documentary films and true crime podcasts you need to tune into now.
Adnan Syed: Innocent Or Guilty, Investigation Discovery
Still in prison for the murder of Have Min Lee, things haven't gone quiet on the Adnan Syed case since Serial S1. After being granted a hearing for his case to be re-opened, a new documentary is taking a look at the evidence unveiled in Serial's first series, as well as some personal first hand accounts of the drama. Mark your calendars - this is dropping June 14th.
The Jinx: The Life And Deaths of Robert Durst, Sky Atlantic
Here’s the story: take one suspected mass murderer, never convicted of the grisly crimes, and make a film about his life starring Kirsten Dunst. Wait until that suspected murderer calls you and offers himself up for interview, and score the most mind-blowing true crime documentary of your career. Do NOT Google this if you want to be surprised in the final episode.
Killing Fields, Discovery
A true crime story shot in real-time (just like Serial), Killing Fields tells the tale of an unsolved murder in Louisiana, 1997. The case had gone cold, but after this documentary resurgence, Eugenie Boisfontaine’s murder brings old cops out of retirement to finally solve the crime – and that's just the beginning...
Slender Man, Sky Atlantic (predicted)
The plot for Slender Man sounds more like a horror movie than a true crime series, but we're getting the creeps at the fact that this actually happened. Two 12-year-old girls stabbed their friend 19 times in Wisconsin, and blamed Slender Man. The only problem? Slender Man is a fictional character born from the internet, who supposedly preys on children. Slender Man premieres at SXSW, and is set to show on America's HBO channel sometime soon.
White Wine And True Crime, Acast
One for your ears rather than a late-night laptop session, the White Wine And True Crime podcast series covers a different case every week, with hosts Caitlin and Kari breaking down the facts, the press and their personal opinions on the suspect. It’s not just murder, either – the whole spectrum of criminal activity is covered.
If you love Serial but are impatient for more true crime, this is the podcast for you. Criminal covers murder, robbery, drugs and all sorts of seedy behaviour, with episodes delivered in 15-20 minute chunks. Each episode covers a single case, so they’ll be no more waiting until next week to find out what happens - still, Criminal is seriously addictive stuff.
Undisclosed, iTunes Podcast Store
If you’re still hung up on Serial series 1 (series 2 is running right now), Undisclosed is a must-listen podcast that digs deeper into Adnan Syed’s case and the evidence at hand. Three lawyers (including Serial’s Rabia Chaudry) promise a non-biased look at what we know so far, right from the beginning, including new evidence they turn up throughout the series.
Untold: The Daniel Morgan Murder, Acast
A private investigator is murderered outside the Golden Lion Pub in South East London, 1987 - and they never find the killer?! This is one to the most investigated murder cares in British history, with alleged police corruption and media cover-ups, and is now the subject of a gripping new podcast. The weekly 10-part series is hosted by journalist Peter Jukes and features Daniel's brother, Alistair.
Netflix’s next major documentary release is Amanda Knox, a film following the media frenzy that surrounded the murder of Meredith Kercher. Speaking to Amanda herself, her ex-boyfriend Raffaele and reporters and prosecutors connected to the case, Amanda Knox is a raw and emotional look into the woman at the heart of the storm. This is more than a story about murder, this is about the role we play in perpetuating headline news, and how real life crosses over into ‘entertainment’. Watch it on September 30th.
Just try and wrap your mind around The Imposter. This documentary (with re-enactments) looks at the case of a 13-year-old Texan boy who disappears without a trace, only to return three and a half years later telling tales of a horrific kidnap. But is this teen really the child who went missing? And why don’t the family care about the startling differences in his appearance and accent? There is a HUGE twist to this conclusion.
If you’re in this for the long-haul, the Paradise Lost trilogy is an award-winning series delving into the case of the West Memphis Three – just like Making A Murderer’s Steven Avery, three teenage boys who were convicted of murder serve 18 years in prison for a crime they may or may not have committed. Make sure you watch West Of Memphis, too.
The Life And Crimes Of Doris Payne
For something a little lighter, this film introduces an 83-year-old jewel thief with a taste for carats – and lots of them. Doris Payne has been shoplifting multi-million pounds of gems and jewellery since she was 10, and her life story is now being made into a film starring Halle Berry.
Southwest of Salem: the Story of the San Antonio Four
Telling the true story of four women accused of sexually abusing two young girls and their crazy court case, there's a lot more than meets the eye in this chilling documentary. Made by Deborah S. Esquenazi, the film sees the women (nicknamed the San Antonio Four) plead their innocence - coming to cinemas soon...