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this might not be the most productive thing to do during a lockdown, but this is not a productivity contest. And documentaries always feel more.. educational if that makes anyone feel any better.

I have a special place in my heart for crime documentaries. One of the first crime series I got addicted to (like millions of others. Literally, millions of people loved it so much that it was the single most downloaded podcast ever made) was [Serial]. This podcast followed the story of a guy who was convicted guilty of the murder of his ex girlfriend and investigated his innocence. Then came Making a Murderer. This was such a compelling story that I just could not stop watching it. I think I finished it in two days.

And now Netflix is killing it with all their original crime documentary series. The most recent one I watched is Tiger King and… I loved it (maybe for all the wrong reasons). With seven episodes and new characters introduced in almost every episode, this series just keeps you wondering what’s going to happen next, and also asking yourself “did this actually happen? Why is this so weird?”.

Now that we’re in lockdown (and it seems like all I have is time), I asked Phoebe to give me some recommendations of things to watch, and she put together this amazing list of must-watch crime documentaries.

  1. The Jinx
  2. The Unabomber: in his own words
  3. Evil Genius
  4. Tell Me Who I Am
  5. Three Identical Strangers
  6. Making a Murderer
  7. The Keepers
  8. Trials of Gabriel Fernandez
  9. Amanda Knox
  10. The Disappearance of Madeleine McCann
  11. Surviving R Kelly
  12. Tiger King
  13. Any Louis Theroux Documentaries
  14. Abducted in Plain Sight
  15. Don’t Fuck with Cats
  16. Voyeur
  17. Icarus
  18. Leaving Neverland
  19. Fyre Festival
  20. Bowling for Columbine
  21. The Mind of Aaron Hernandez
  22. The Devil Next Door
  23. The Confession Killer

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