Maybe it begins with a body in the woods, half-buried under bracken. Or with a glimmering shot of a city skyline. Or with a furtive deal, carried out at dusk, before an unknown character heads toward an untimely end. The clichés and conventions of crime dramas are their own strange reprieve because of what they tend to guarantee: After a trip into the murkiest corners of the human psyche, an arc will be completed, a villain (or several) will be captured, and the system will prevail.
When my personal life or the outside world starts feeling overwhelming, true crime is what I turn to in order to self-soothe. There is something oddly comforting about the way crime stories let us ponder questions about ethics, the law, family dynamics, and trauma, all in a mystery package. Whether the stories are ultimately resolved or remain troublingly open-ended, it’s really the journey that’s the point. Nothing else can really compare.
At any one time, it’s believed that there are around 25-50 active serial killers lurking in the dark corners of the USA, stalking the streets and highways for their next potential victim.
Murders are always disturbing, but some are even worse than that. These killings were brutal, almost unimaginable in their depravity. The crimes horrified communities and stumped police leaving questions that lingered for decades afterward, as years passed without an arrest or even a credible suspect.
The pandemic lockdown continues, and so does the search for more great content to binge.
These off-the-beaten-path true crime podcasts make for perfect binge-listening.
These people killed those closest to them
If you’re looking for the next great true crime show to binge-watch on Netflix, you’ve come to the right place.
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Sometimes, one news story completely overtakes the airwaves. These high-profile incidents can be worldwide events, political struggles, or natural disasters, but sometimes, they’re fascinating crimes.
The holiday season is usually a time of celebration and cheer — but for some, it has been marked by violence and horror.
If you’re an Ann Rule fan, and are looking for similar true crime reads, these chilling works provide an in-depth look at some of the most disturbing cases out there.
When the Golden State Killer was caught in 2018 — more than three decades after his crimes — the country was stunned. But these horrific murders are not unfamiliar to Americans.
Murder is bad, but the business of murder has never been better. The category of true crime, once limited to the occasional documentary collecting dust on a video store shelf, is now a billion-dollar industry. True crime podcasts are played during our daily commute, the ID Network recounts every grisly detail of past murders around the clock, and true crime limited series are now required viewing to keep up with water-cooler conversation.
While there is a somewhat unsettling quality to the popularity of the genre — not entirely unsurprising in a society that enthusiastically slows down to get a good look at a car wreck — there are some positives to these true crime narratives. At their best, true crime documentaries can provide a voice to the voiceless, tell a story of a great injustice and, once in a while, better the lives of victims.
Here’s a compiled list of some of the best true crime documentaries.
As early as the 1800s, the United States has seen killers who murdered on a massive scale. Since then, the country has become captivated with true crime, particularly serial killers. Shows like Netflix’s “Mindhunter” or books like “I’ll be Gone in the Dark” try to get into the minds of these terrifying killers to learn about motives and tactics.
Here’s a list of men, women, and, yes, even families who were serial killers in every state across the United States.