Crime Documentaries tell different sides of different stories; they uncover facets of crimes you might not have otherwise known existed. Due to an early interest in forensic science and pathology, I've long been interested in crime documentaries, especially when they capture controversial occurrences. They spark debates and make you think, and if they're very good they can inspire you to look deeper, to read about the cases and crimes around which they are based. That's actually one of my favorite things to do: I'll watch a documentary based on a true crime and then find all the information about it that I can, so I can see both sides of the story. The following true crime documentaries are by turns disturbing and moving, but they are all intriguing.
1. The Paradise Lost Trilogy
Paradise Lost: The Child Murders at Robin Hood Hills premiered in 1996; Paradise Lost 2: Revelations came out in 2000; and Paradise Lost 3: Purgatory, premiered just last year, put on hold because its three central subjects, the West Memphis 3, were released from jail. These three films are my favorite crime documentaries, and the release of the third one actually spawned this post. I've been following this case – i.e., hardcore researching, reading material from both sides, et cetera – since 1996, even though I was only 14 at the time. It's really worth it to watch all three films; your heart will go out to the families of the victims and to the accused themselves.