What To Watch on Netflix If You’re A True Crime Fan

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There’s never been a better time to watch true crime on Netflix. The streaming platform has a lock on some of the best true crime documentaries, movies, and TV shows. If you love watching stories about criminals and the people who catch them, then it's time to get excited, because Netflix has your back. True crime stories are designed to tickle the detective in your brain, especially when they're smart, well-produced, and pack a dramatic punch. From groundbreaking documentaries to thrilling mysteries that leave you scratching your head, the greatest true crime series on Netflix often seem stranger than fiction. 


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    Mindhunter follows special agent Jonathon Ford as he creates a behavioral science program to help the FBI catch serial killers. Ford speaks with fictional versions of murderers like Ed Kemper and Jerry Brudos, and explores what goes on in killers' minds. Mindhunter has received heavy praise for its visual aesthetic — the first episode is directed by David Fincher (Fight Club), who also produced the rest of the series — as well as its measured portrayal of its serial killer cast. 


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    The Staircase
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    The Staircase tells the true story of Michael Peterson, a crime novelist who was accused of killing his wife after her body was found at the bottom of a staircase in their home. Peterson's story takes twists and turns that feel implausibly unrealistic, but the case is all too real. 

    The series is directed by Jean-Xavier de Lestrade and follows both Peterson's trial and the ways in which his life changed after he was accused of murder. The docuseries was one of Robert DeNiro's personal picks for the 2018 Tribeca Film Festival, as he said:

    I saw some of these earlier episodes and thought they were great. The father seems like a nice guy. But with the whole thing, you just want to know what happened.

  • Manhunt Unabomber
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    The eight-episode Manhunt Unabomber is an in-depth, fictional recreation of everything leading up to the apprehension of Ted Kaczynski, a mail bomber who perpetrated some of the worst acts of domestic terror the United States has ever seen. Sam Worthington plays Jim Fitzgerald, an FBI profiler who's brought onto the case for of his ability to get inside the heads of the people he studies.

    After watching the series, the real life James Fitzgerald spoke with Bustle about his portrayal, and said the show was "in the high 80 percentile [of accuracy]." Aside from being true-to-life, Manhunt Unabomber also shows the hard work required to profile a killer like Kaczynski.