Looking for a little bit of suspense and mystery while watching Netflix? Then this article is definitely for you!
I’ve been catching quite a bit of docuseries on Netflix recently about things relating to Crime, Murder and Mystery. Let’s just say a lot of these series are based on popular mystery/murder cases that happened in the past.
In each series, the details of the incident will usually be in the first episode where it describes how everything started; usually with the murder or a disappearance of someone.
There’s quite a lot of documentaries so far, and I scratched the surface with this genre. Let me just share with you the ones that I have watched and recommend!
Also, M18 warning here because I would say these are definitely not for kids because most of these cases are quite gruesome that involve death somewhere in each series.
1. Evil Genius: The True Story Of America’s Most Diabolical Bank Heist
This case happened in 2003 where it starts off pretty normal with a bank heist. A pizza delivery man called Brian Wells robbed a bank and was subsequently chased down by police.
After police had surrounded him and handcuffed him, they found a bomb that was strapped inside his shirt. From this point on, everything takes a very drastic turn and the series actually starts to get interesting.
You'll have plenty of questions that need to be answered, like 'Why did this ‘bank robber’ have a bomb strapped to him? Was anyone behind this?'
The subsequent episodes delves into the entire mystery of how it happened, and there are a lot of twists and turns that you would definitely not expect. The answer was eventually found about 2 years later, and subsequently ‘solved’ in a way. I won’t spoil the details much but the ending is somewhat satisfying.
Everything is laid out in the 4 part series with each episode about 50 minutes long.
2. The Trial Of Gabriel Fernandez
This series is not for the feint of heart because it involves a case of child abuse, which is always a tragedy.
This series takes you through the story of what happened and led to the death of Gabriel Fernandez, an 8 year old boy who was abused and tortured by his mother and the boyfriend.
The first episode also starts off with a call to 911, and then Gabriel being taken to the hospital where he was fighting to stay alive but sadly passed away the next few days. What this series uncovered is really shocking because it felt like the death was something that could easily be avoided and prevented on a lot of levels.
This series is a 6 part series with each episode about 40 to 50 minutes long.
3. Don’t F**k with Cats
This series has a strange title, but there’s a reason for it. The series intro starts with Deanne Thompson who describes how the internet is a boundless place, like the Wild Wild West where you can see everything.
From happy things like babies and cats that everyone loves, to very offensive things like violence and street fights where nobody gives a crap. But the unwritten rule of the internet is rule zero which is “Don’t F**k with Cats”.
The internet is a ruthless place where if you ‘offend the internet’, the internet will hunt you down no matter where you are. Of course someone broke this unspoken rule, and with that it sparked off the angry internet mob from all around the world helping to hunt down the perp who killed a cat.
This series is very interesting because you see the perspective of different people, and what they do in order to hunt down a person. One particular moment Deanne commented that she was looking at door knobs for hours just to identify where the killer could be from.
Also one thing I learned was the effort that people go through just to find justice especially in this case. It really is a scary thing to ‘offend the internet’ in my opinion 😂
This nail biting series has only 3 parts with 40 to 50 minutes for each episode.
4. Crime Scene: The Vanishing At The Cecil Hotel
This series primarily features the death of Elisa Lam, a Canadian student that mysteriously vanished at the Cecil Hotel in 2013. Unlike the previous entries on this list, it wasn’t immediately clear that a murder has taken place because the victim vanished without leaving much of a trace.
The backstory of this entire series lies with the Cecil Hotel and the dark history behind the hotel as well. It is also known as ‘the death hotel’ because there were a lot of deaths that happened within the hotel compound itself.
In any case, this series follows Elisa’s last few days before she mysteriously vanished and also talks about the history of the hotel in order to establish if there are any links to both cases.
Turns out that there might be a lot more things in common than we thought. There were a lot of things going on in the Cecil hotel as well that could ultimately contributed to the death of Elisa as well.
I would say that the ending was very surprising and definitely not something that I have expected, but it was very sad to watch everything unveil itself.
This series has only 3 episodes with 40 to 50 minutes per episode.
5. The Disappearance of Madeleine McCann
This series features one of the most heavily reported missing person cases in modern history. The backstory of this case starts with the parents Kate and Gerry McCann, who were on holiday from the UK at Praia de Luz in Portugal.
Madeleine was left alone with another twin when the parents and their friends were dining at a restaurant nearby. Periodically, they would check on the kids until Kate found Madeleine missing near 10 PM that night.
In the following weeks, the whole nation of Portugal and UK rallied behind the couple to find Madeleine including flying to the various countries in Europe just to get the word out.
But this case has so many twists and turns that it is almost unbelievable if you make this into a movie in my opinion. Even at one point, the parents were suspected for the disappearance and covered up her death. They were even given ‘Arguido’ status in Portugal, which means they are official suspects in the case.
This whole case started back in 2007 and it takes you throughout the years to show how the case has been handled and the various people involved in it.
This is by far one of the most detailed series ever created on this case, and it’s definitely a great thing to highlight this missing case as Madeleine is still missing till this day.
This is the longest series of the lot with 8 episodes, with each episode about 50 minutes long.
Putting It All Together
If you’re looking for a new genre to watch altogether, I definitely recommend trying out with a crime DocuSeries.
It’s something that will leave you dumbfounded most of the time as most of these cases aren’t as straightforward and gets you thinking as well especially when the episode leaves you on a cliffhanger.
Most of it gives you a lot of history behind a lot of famous cases that happened in the last 1 to 2 decades at least, and how everything is broken down.
In case this isn’t your cup of tea or if you’re looking to explore more genres of shows to watch on Netflix, then here’s some other genres of shows that I’ve watched and personally recommend!
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