True crime shows on Netflix Australia: Top 5

Everyone loves a good crime show and luckily, Netflix Australia has a variety of documentaries, and shows based on true crime stories.
Photo: Making a Murderer – Netflix.com

Mindhunter

IMDb rating: 8.6/10
Editor’s rating:
9/10
Summary: Mindhunter is based on a real story of an FBI agent who interviews notorious serial murderers so he can find out what makes them tick. But putting yourself in the mind of a killer is not easy – and what he’s doing isn’t exactly by the books. He’s soon joined by his detective partner on visits to prison to interview the killers. Listening to the inner workings of criminals can be nauseating, but they need results.
Lead cast: Jonathan Groff and Holt McCallany.

The Staircase

IMDb rating: 8/10
Editor’s rating:
8/10
Summary: Centred around the death of Kathleen Peterson, the series explores whether her husband, author Michael Peterson, murdered her or whether her death was the result of a tragic fall down the stairs. The story is long and complicated as it follows the lead up to Michael’s trial and allows the audience to watch how it unfolds in the courtroom. What makes this series so fascinating though is watching Michael’s life be examined under a microscope and asking yourself whether someone’s past is an accurate predictor of their future.
Lead cast: n/a – documentary series.

Manhunt: Unabomber

IMDb rating: 8.2/10
Editor’s rating:
9/10
Summary: Australian actor Sam Worthington leads the case as FBI profiler Jim Fitzgerald in this engrossing true story of the hunt for the Unabomber. The Unabomber case unfolded in America in the ’80s and ’90s when a series of packages containing bombs were delivered in the mail and exploded when the recipients opened them. The suspect then began communicating with law enforcement and so the game of cat and mouse began. With a focus on the frustrating bureaucracy at play, the series explores the processes involved with attempting to find and stop the notorious serial bomber and delves into the world of forensic linguistics which ultimately led to the capture of the Unabomber.
Lead cast: Sam Worthington, Jeremy Bobb, Chris Noth and Ben Weber.

Evil Genius

IMDb rating: 8.2/10
Editor’s rating:
9/10
Summary: ‘Truth is stranger than fiction’ is a cliché but only because it’s accurate. In a story that even the best crime writers would have trouble crafting, Evil Genius explores the true story around the murder of Brian Wells. Better known as the ‘pizza bomber case’, delivery driver Brian was publically murdered when he attempted a bank robbery with a bomb locked around his neck. Mr Wells died surrounded by police and pleading with them for assistance in finding a key to remove the bomb when the bomb detonated. The real-life footage of the incident is confronting and difficult to watch, but as the series attempts to discover who was responsible for the death of Brian, it uncovers an increasingly strange plot and focuses on the involvement and eventual arrest of those responsible.
Lead cast: n/a – documentary series.

Making a Murderer

IMDb rating: 8.7/10
Editor’s rating:
8/10
Summary: This fascinating documentary examines the murder of Teresa Halbach and takes the audience on a captivating journey through the evidence that led to the imprisonment of Steven Avery and Brendan Dassey. Last year, a second season was released in which we meet Kathleen Zellner, a lawyer who takes on Steven’s case. Kathleen has an impressive track record and presents a different view than the first season. It raises more questions than it answers, but is most definitely worth a weekend binge-watch and I don’t think this particular story is quite finished yet.
Lead cast: n/a – documentary series.

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