True crime is one of the most popular categories on Netflix and whilst we’ve all heard of Making A Murderer, Tiger King and Don’t F*** With Cats there are many still searching for their next true crime fix.
Just when you thought you had binge watched every true crime documentary and docu-series on the streaming giant… there’s plenty more where that came from. Here are some lesser known true crime hidden gems on Netflix you will want to get into.
18. Out Of Thin Air
Two men missing. The only evidence… six suspects confessing to the violent crimes but their own minds have distorted the truth. This became Iceland’s biggest ever criminal investigation and the strangest case you’ve never heard of.
17. The Fear of 13
After more than 20 years on death row, an inmate petitions the court asking to be executed. As he goes on to tell his story, it gradually becomes clear that nothing is quite what it seems. This has more twists and turns to the story than you can believe.
16. LA 92
This gripping documentary is just as important today as ever. In 1992, Los Angeles exploded in riots – the worst civil unrest in U.S. history when the four white police officers who beat black motorist Rodney King were acquitted. Stark footage traces decades of police brutality and political uprising.
15. Operation Odessa
A Russian mobster, a Miami playboy and a Cuban spy who teamed up to sell a nuclear submarine to a Colombian drug cartel. Directed by Tiller Russell this must-watch documentary is a gripping (and hilarious) ride from start to finish.
14. I Called Him Morgan
One night in 1972, Helen Morgan walked into the East Village bar Slug’s Saloon with a gun in her handbag. She came to see her husband, the great jazz trumpeter Lee Morgan, whom she had nursed through heroin addiction. They fought, he literally threw her out; then she walked back in and shot him. Many years later, Helen was interviewed about her life with the brilliant but erratic musician.
13. Roll Red Roll
At a 2012 pre-season high school football party in Steubenville, Ohio, a young woman is raped. The aftermath exposes an entire culture of complicity and the roles that peer pressure, denial, sports machismo, and social media played in the tragedy.
12. ReMastered: The Two Killings of Sam Cooke
ReMastered: The Two Killings of Sam Cooke is a 2019 documentary film about Sam Cooke, the artist and activist, and the circumstances and controversy surrounding his murder.
11. Bikram: Yogi, Guru, Predator
Bikram: Yogi, Guru, Predator explores the dramatic rise and fall of Bikram Choudhury, the controversial founder of hot yoga. With millions in the bank and millions of followers – Bikram was at the top of his game. Then the truth found it’s way to the light…
10. The Investigator: A British Crime Story
Mark Williams-Thomas has 11 years of police experience, specialising in child protection. Over the last two decades he has been investigating major crime, including the unveiling of BBC personality Jimmy Savile as a sexual abuser. This explosive and ground-breaking new investigative series shows how real life crime can be far more compelling than fiction.
9. Audrie & Daisy
This heart wrenching documentary is difficult to watch from start to finish. The story of two teenage girls who went to parties, drank alcohol, passed out, and were sexually assaulted by guys they thought were their friends. In the aftermath, both girls discovered that the crimes were documented on cell phones. Video and pictures were passed around. Their lives were changed forever.
8. The Ivory Game
Ivory is a prized status symbol for middle-class Chinese, and poachers in pursuit of white gold are slaughtering African elephants in record numbers. Filmmakers went under cover for 16 months, infiltrating and documenting the deep-rooted corruption at the heart of the global ivory trafficking crisis.
7. How to Fix a Drug Scandal
In 2013, Massachusetts State Police arrested 35-year-old crime drug lab chemist Sonja Farak for tampering with evidence: and that was only the beginning. Over time, details emerged that Farak had been in fact using the drugs that she was tasked with testing. The crimes cripple a state’s judicial system and blur the lines of justice for lawyers, officials and thousands of prison inmates.
6. The Miami Showband Massacre
The Miami Showband killings was an attack on 31 July 1975 by the Ulster Volunteer Force, a loyalist paramilitary group. It took place on the A1 road at Buskhill in County Down, Northern Ireland.
5. Wild Wild Country
A Netflix original about a controversial cult leader who builds a utopian city in the Oregon desert, resulting in conflict with the locals that escalates into a national scandal.
4. Strong Island
“The police had turned my brother into the prime suspect in his own murder.” When filmmaker Yance Ford investigates the 1992 murder of a young black man, it becomes an achingly personal journey since the victim, 24-year-old William Ford Jr., was the filmmaker’s brother.
3. Shadow Of Truth
Exploring the explosive 2006 murder case of a 13-year-old Israeli girl was found dead inside a locked toilet stall at her school. A week later the police arrested Roman Zadorov, a Ukrainian immigrant who had worked there as a temp, and eventually he confessed to the murder. But many still believe he is innocent, and have their own theories as to what happened that day.
2. The Devil Next Door
A Cleveland grandfather is brought to trial in Israel, accused of being the infamous Nazi death camp guard Ivan the Terrible.
1. Who Killed Malcolm X?
In February 1965, Malcolm X is murdered; three men are arrested, but only one admits to being part of the plot; decades later, one activist pledges to find the real killers, and vows to learn the truth about what officials knew regarding the crime.