True crime documentaries are both frightening and fascinating. Shows like Law and Order, CSI, and Criminal Minds are great and all, but nothing can compare to true crime documentaries because they tell the story of real life events. Here are 7 of my favorite true crime documentaries that I think you should add to your must-watch list.
1. Paradise Lost: the Child Murders at Robin Hood Hills
Out of all the true crime documentaries, Paradise Lost is my favorite. It tells the story of the gruesome murders of 3 little boys in West Memphis, Arkansas and the 3 outcast teens who go on trial for the crime. The documentary follows the lives of the families of the young boys who were murdered, as well as the teens (who became known as the West Memphis 3) being held responsible for the crime and their families. The documentary shows what appears to be an injustice in the court system. This true crime documentary is shocking in more ways than one and had many calling to “free the West Memphis 3.” Since the release of this documentary in 1992, there have been 2 follow-ups that I also recommend watching.