21 True Crime 🚓Documentaries That Will Shock 😱 and Disturb 😬 You ...

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True crime documentaries are gritty, compelling, intriguing, and sometimes terrifying.

1. Dear Zachary: a Letter to a Son about His Father

There is so much I could say about this crime documentary, but not much I dare share for fear of ruining it.

It begins as a video album meant to introduce a son to the father he's never destined to meet, but it turns into … something else.

I can also say that it is the best documentary I have ever seen – the story, the cinematography, the set-up, the techniques, the soundtrack, and even the subject matter – and it is the most heartbreaking.

I also want to say that Andrew Bagby is still an inspiration, as are his parents, and I think the world is a sadder, lesser place without him.2

2. The Jinx: the Life and Deaths of Robert Durst

I have not seen this yet, simply because I haven't reached its slot on my must-watch list.

However, I bet you heard about it even if you haven't seen it yet.

Robert Durst's story, all on its own, is … strange and sick and very sad, and evidently this doc is full of bombshells, especially the one Durst drops in the film's final minutes.

3. The Thin Blue Line

This is probably one of the most popular true crime documentaries ever.

Detailing a murder case and all its appeals, it's full of intrigue, crime, perjury, and plenty of corruption.

It's an eye-opening look at the justice system, one that may leave you chilled and wondering what might happen to you if you're in the wrong place at the wrong time.

4. The Paradise Lost Trilogy

Many crime documentaries play an enormous part in making sure justice is served, which is one of the reasons why “Making a Murder” has captured the attention of amateur sleuths and true crime aficionados all over the world.

The three Paradise Lost films take place over decades, beginning back in 1993 with the gruesome murder of three young boys and the quest to find their killers, which lead to the incarceration of Damien Echols, Jason Baldwin, and Jessie Misskelley, Jr.

It's worth it to watch all three in a row.

Take a weekend for a binge.

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