True crime has always been a popular genre in movies and TV, but it seems to have truly exploded over streaming platforms in the past few years. As a result, viewers have been spoiled with a wealth of content, with Netflix in particular producing numerous original true crime documentary series in 2022, covering everything from fraud to theft to murder.
But how much of it is actually worth watching? That depends what you're looking for. These aren't all the true crime docuseries Netflix released this year, but they are the ones that truly chilled us to the bone.
Vote up the ones that gave you the shivers, and for more exhaustive rankings of all the crime content that came out this year, be sure to also check out The Best New Docuseries on Netflix in 2022 and The Best New True Crime Shows Of 2022 (across all streaming platforms).
Any piece of media covering the crimes of serial killer and cannibal Jeffrey Dahmer is bound to be bloodcurdling. This series, however, takes the discomfort to a whole new level, particularly with its emphasis on how Dahmer evaded police for so long.
The series makes one wonder how many other serial killers are still out there, still getting away with their crimes.
- 252 VOTES
Each new episode of Keep Sweet: Pray and Obey drops like a ton of bricks. Whenever it seems like the harm perpetuated by Warren Jeffs (leader of the Fundamentalist Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints) can't get any worse, another interview with yet another one of his victims reveals even more horrifying details about the forced child marriages he presided over for years.
You can read more about the case here.
- Photo: Sins of Our Mother331 VOTES
Sins of Our Mother follows the case of Lori Vallow Daybell, an Idaho Mormon who was accused of murdering her children. Being that parents are - or at least should be - some of the few people children can trust in the world, it's terrifying to think that they could be responsible for the end of their offspring's lives.
Of course, worthy of note is that Daybell has yet to stand trial and won't do so until 2023.
About a mile from Interstate Highway 45 and 26 miles south of Houston lies the Texas Killing Fields, where investigators and the public have found the remains of over 30 people since the '70s.
Crime Scene focuses on just four of these unsolved cases, but the sheer number of total victims and the strange connection between them - this field - remains a looming terror throughout.
You can read more about the killing fields here.
- 527 VOTES
Hearing the stories of those who have endured stalking is harrowing enough, but hearing it from the mouths of the stalkers themselves is something else entirely.
This show presents a series of interviews with convicted stalkers describing their crimes, and (even scarier) the “reasoning” behind their actions.
- 625 VOTES
Jimmy Savile was once a beloved TV personality throughout Britain and was well-respected for his charity work. Not until his death did the hundreds of accusations of sexual abuse leveled against him start to gain traction.
It's hard to tell what's scarier, that someone so despicable was so celebrated, or that his position as a children's entertainer no doubt gave him easier access to underage victims.
You can read about other children's entertainers who have faced similar accusations to Savile's here.