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Netflix Shows And Movies That Are Based On Real Crimes

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Truth is usually stranger than fiction, which explains why there are so many Netflix shows based on real crimes. The streaming giant has enough crime documentaries, movies, and in-depth television series based on actual crimes that you could watch for days and never see the same murder twice.

These Netflix true crime shows and movies are utterly captivating - perfect for an afternoon binge-watch. And if you like these programs, be sure to check out our list of the best crime movies on Netflix, the true story that inspired Netflix's Unbelievable, and the true-crime documentary The Seven Five.

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    On August 28, 2003, a pizza delivery man walked into a bank in Erie, PA, wearing a bomb collar and carrying a shotgun fashioned into a walking cane. He was captured and told police that he had very little time to follow clues to get the bomb collar off his neck before it exploded.

    The four-part docuseries Evil Genius delves into unexpected people and places to determine the true mastermind of this infamous heist. It also asks the question: was the pizza delivery man a willing participant or a fall guy?

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  • Ted Bundy is easily one of the most prolific serial killers, and Joe Berlinger's four-part docuseries proves it. The series uses audio interviews from Bundy himself, and hearing his voice is unnerving in itself. The docuseries also interviews past neighbors, friends, and Rhonda Staples, a woman who narrowly escaped from Bundy. Many former friends describe Bundy as "one of us."

    While some have criticized the documentary for romanticizing Bundy and over-exaggerating his intelligence, it is still a must-see for any true crime fan. 

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    This series follows a different case each episode, presenting a crime that cannot be solved by circumstantial evidence alone. Each episode takes an in-depth look at the forensic information that was left behind after a crime and how experts work together to use the unique evidence to solves cases.

    One episode used writing patterns to uncover a murderer while another followed the source of wax bullets and carpet fibers to solve a crime. 

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    The Keepers

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    Sister Catherine Cesnik disappeared while out shopping in Baltimore, MD, on November 7, 1969. Her body was found on January 20, 1970. The Keepers investigates her death and explores several incidents that may be related. The search reveals a pattern of sexual abuse at the Catholic school where Cesnik taught that the sister might have threatened to expose.

    The series explores a confession from a gay neighbor who later committed suicide and gives details on the only living suspect. It also follows a group of women seeking justice for the sexual abuse they suffered at the hands of the people of faith who were supposed to be educating them.

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