There’s nothing quite like binge-watching your favourite Netflix shows from your place of residence at G Residen, Pantai Hillpark and Seni Mont Kiara. However, sometimes you are not in the mood for your average feel good comedy, and want to explore other darker themes such as real life crime stories.
You would think not everybody has the stomach for these stories, but Netflix’s true-crime documentaries have become a growing phenomenon in recent years, and in fact the genre has risen to become one of the most watched from the streaming service provider. So what makes the genre so popular? What fuels our fascination with serial killers and truly evil individuals? Some may argue it’s because these documentaries are both fascinating and deeply unsettling at the same time.
So without further adieu, here’s our list of some of the most gripling true crime documentaries currently streaming on Netflix, which you enjoy from the comfort of your homes at rent room G Residence KLCC, Seni Mont Kiara condo and Pantai Hillpark condo.
1. Confessions With A Killer: The Ted Bundy Tapes (2019)
IMDb rating: 7.8/10
Ted Bundy is possibly one of America’s most notorious serial killers, being convincted of several heinous acts such as kidnapping, murder, and rape of more than 30 women at the time he was caught in 1978.
In January 2019, Netflix released a four-part docu-series on the 30th anniversary of the ill-famed killer’s execution. The series showcases never before seen footage and audio recordings from Bundy’s time on death row in his own words, as well as interviews from friends, family, victims and law officials. Although it was met with a mixed response from the audience, with critics accusing Oscar-nominated director Joe Berlinger of showcasing Bundy in a glorified light. Others however, praised the unique insight on the sociopath’s twisted mindset which makes one question the human psyche.
2. Abducted in Plain Sight (2017)
IMDb rating: 6.8/10
This docu-series was released on Netflix in May 2017, and left viewers shocked and enraged as the events unfolded, with some calling it too bizarre to even be real. This true story recounts the chilling details of 12-year old Jan Broberg Felt, who was abducted in the late 70s from her small Idaho community by trusted neighbour and friend Robert Berchtold on two separate occasions.
The strong response from viewers was towards the girl’s parents who were accused of not being vigilant about their daughter especially when the signs were right in front of them, as well as for their later confessions regarding Berchtold. Whether its anger or sympathy, this documentary guarantees that you will feel something for the Broberg family and the trauma they went through.
3. Making a Murderer (2015)
IMDb rating: 8.6/10
Spanning across two seasons, this Netflix docu-series has won 4 out of its 6 Primetime Emmy nominations, including the award for Outstanding Documentary in 2015. It recounts the true story of Steven Avery who spent two decades in prison for a crime he did not commit, only to be released, and put behind bars two years later for the murder and sexual assault of 25-year old Teresa Halbach.
The series sheds light on the case, and whether Avery and his nephew Brendan Dassey, who was accused of being an accomplice, were given a fair trial. Unlike other true-crime documentaries which recounts the details of a killer’s crimes or the impact on their victims, ‘Making Of A Murderer’ highlights the repercussions and trauma for the wrongly accused.
4. The Keepers (2017)
IMDb rating: 8.1/10
‘The Keepers’ explores the murder case of a Catholic high school teacher and nun, Cathy Cesnik who disappeared in 1969, while her body remained unrecovered for nearly two months. However, the most shocking part is that her killer till this day remains anonymous. The docu-series recounts the story through interviews with friends, relatives, journalists, government officials, and citizens in hopes of uncovering the truth about Cesnik’s tragic demise, as well as sheds light on the involvement of local priest and accused sexual predator Joseph Maskell in the case.
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While other forms of media such as films and television shows provide an escape from the real world, true crime documentaries compel you to see the darkest side of humanity and what humans are capable of doing to each other. It’s a truly disturbing thought, but there is no denying that it makes for some intriguing content. Don’t forget to include these in your must-see list, so that you can binge-watch them from your respective homes at Seni Mont Kiara Kuala Lumpur and Pantai Hillpark Bangsar sale.
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