No subscription? No problem. All of these full-length feature true crime documentaries are free to watch on YouTube. These following cases are some of the most disturbing and mysterious ever to have happened. After watching them all – you will be able to say “truth really is stranger than fiction.”
22. Gypsy’s Revenge
The chilling documentary ‘Gypsy’s Revenge’ details how mother and daughter duo – Dee Dee Blanchard & 19-year-old Gypsy Rose Blanchard – epitomized the triumph of the human spirit over adversity. Yet things are not always as they appear. What unfolds is a story of how after years of psychological and physical abuse, Gypsy Rose orchestrated her mother’s murder.
21. My Brother the Serial Killer
‘My Brother the Serial Killer’ focuses on serial killer Glen Rogers, also known as the ‘Casanova Killer’, who was convicted for a series of murders that took place in California, Florida, Mississippi, and Louisiana. His brother, Clay Rogers, narrates the documentary and explores the theory that Glen was really the one responsible for the 1994 murders of Nicole Brown Simpson and Ronald Goldman.
20. Ghosts of Highway 20
Beginning in the late 1970s, a sinister presence cast a shadow over an isolated part of central Oregon. It lurked in the background – often ignored or unnoticed – as vulnerable women were disappearing. These are the stories of the ghosts of Highway 20.
19. Beware The Slenderman
In 2014, the Slender Man legend had gone too far; Morgan Geyser and Anissa Weier, who were aged 12-years-old at the time, lured their friend, Payton Leutner, into the woods near their homes in Waukesha, Wisconsin, and stabbed her 19 times. During the trial, Morgan revealed that she believed Slender Man would hurt her family if she didn’t kill on his behalf.
18. Australia’s Most Evil: Ivan Milat
‘The Backpacker Murders’ was a twisted series of killings that eventually became the inspiration for ‘Wolf Creek’. Yet the brutal murders of seven young people, most of them overseas tourists hitchhiking around Australia, were very real. The arrest and conviction of Ivan Milat would reveal him as Australia’s worst individual serial killer.
17. Myra Hindley: Making Of A Monster
Myra Hindley and Ian Brady became known as The Moors Murderers after they committed some of the most notorious crimes of the last century in England. In 1961, Hindley met Brady at the chemical plant where they both worked and they went on to murder five children aged between 10 and 17. This is the chilling story behind the woman who was known as “the worst woman in Britain.”
16. The Coca-Cola Case
The Coca-Cola Case presents the searing indictment of the Coca-Cola empire and its alleged kidnapping, torture, and murder of union leaders trying to improve working conditions in Colombia, Guatemala, and Turkey. This is a harrowing look into how large corporations treat those in the third world. The filmmakers follow labor rights lawyers and activists for the Stop Killer-Coke! campaign.
15. Richard Kuklinski: The Iceman
Richard ‘The Iceman’ Kuklinski was an American contract killer who was convicted for six murders. He was so feared that fellow mobsters called him “the one-man army” or “the devil himself.” After his arrest, Kuklinski was given the nickname ‘The Iceman’ for his method of freezing a victim to mask the time of death. Here he speaks in a very open interview about his many methods of killing.
14. The Watts Family Murders
During the early morning of August 13th, 2018, in Frederick, Colorado, Chris Watts killed his pregnant wife Shan’ann Watts by strangulation, before killing their daughters, four-year-old Bella, and three-year-old Celeste, by smothering. Watts then disposed of his daughters’ bodies in oil tanks and buried his wife in a shallow grave at his work-site. This documentary features footage of the Watts’ case edited as the tragedy unfolded.
13. Wisconsin Death Trip
Wisconsin Death Trip is a 1999 American black-and-white and color docudrama film written and directed by James Marsh, based on the 1973 book of the same name by Michael Lesy.
The film dramatizes the photographs by Charles Van Schaick found by in the early 1970s by Lesy, connected to a series of macabre incidents that took place in Black River Falls, Wisconsin in the late 19th century. Original music for the film was composed by DJ Shadow.
12. Teen Murder: The Micaela Costanzo Story
16-year-old Micaela ‘Mickey’ Costanzo was a pretty and popular student who did well at school as a track star. She was close to her mother and sister who she would always text if there was a change in schedule. Then on March 3rd, 2011, Micaela didn’t text her mother after school or answer her cell phone, her mother knew something was terribly wrong.
11. Capturing The Friedmans
‘Capturing the Friedmans’ was initially supposed to a documentary titled ‘Just a Clown’ about the popular New York City entertainer, David Friedman, who was known as a performing clown named “Silly Billy.” However, filmmaker Anthony Jarecki captured a more sinister story as he uncovered the fact that both Friedman’s brother, Jesse, and his father, Arnold, had pleaded guilty to child sexual abuse. This film was nominated for the Academy Award for Documentary Feature in 2003.
10. Framed By The Golden State Killer?
‘Framed by the Golden State Killer?’ with Investigative Reporter Lilia Luciano explores the brutal murder of a young girl from Exeter, California in 1975. The jury convicted local handyman Oscar Clifton of the crime – but was he the real killer? Interviews with friends and family detail the belief that Clifton was framed by Joseph DeAngelo, the man police say later became the Golden State Killer.
9. Jonestown: Paradise Lost
The Peoples Temple Agricultural Project, in northwestern Guyana, was also known as Jonestown after it was formed by leader Jim Jones. On November 18th, 1978, a total of 909 Americans died from cyanide poisoning, in what cult leader Jones had called a “revolutionary suicide” on tapes recorded prior to the event. This was the largest single loss of American civilian life in a deliberate act before September 11, 2001.
8. Just Melvin, Just Evil
In this shocking documentary, director James Ronald Whitney takes an in-depth look at his own family history of incest spanning at least three generations and the devastating consequences that include drug abuse and alcoholism. Melvin Just was later convicted of child molestation when it was revealed he abused his stepchildren from two marriages. Documentaries really don’t get anymore gritty and raw than this.
7. The Pig Farm
Robert ‘Willie’ Pickton was a former multi-millionaire and pig farmer who became a convicted serial killer in 2007. His victims were six women, mostly sex workers from Downtown Eastside, Vancouver, whose remains he fed to the pigs on his farm. It is believed he could have killed up to 49 women after he confessed to an inmate he was aiming for the “big 5-0”.
6. Manhunt: The Yorkshire Ripper
Peter ‘The Yorkshire Ripper’ Sutcliffe was responsible for a five-year killing spree between 1975 and 1980 in the north of England. He murdered thirteen women and attempted to murder seven others. Although Sutcliffe claimed to have been told by God to carry out these brutal attacks, many believe the real motivation was his hatred towards women and he sought vengeance in the most sinister way.
5. Twilight Of The Yakuza
Japan’s organized crime syndicates ‘The Yakuza’ are a dying breed. Their members are aging and the government of Japan has launched a large-scale crackdown on them to eradicate them once and for all. But who are the Yakuza? The cancer of a nation or a necessary evil in a country with one of the lowest crime rates in the industrialized world?
4. Dear Zachary
In 2001, 28-year-old Dr. Andrew Bagby is found dead in a park in Pennsylvania. He had been shot by his ex-girlfriend, who then fled to Canada, where she was able to walk free on bail, pregnant with Andrew’s child. Andrew’s enraged parent’s campaign to gain custody of the child and convict their son’s killer. Filmmaker Kurt Kuenne pairs this story with home movies and interviews with those who knew Andrew, hoping to give his best friend’s son an opportunity to discover who his dad was.
3. This Is The Zodiac Speaking
The Zodiac Killer carried out the random, brutal murders of five people in California’s Bay Area in 1968 and 1969. He then sent a series of taunting cryptic notes to the police, claiming that if they were de-coded it would reveal his true identity. The FBI enlisted cryptanalysts and code-breakers to help unravel the complex cipher but the case is still cold. ‘This is the Zodiac Speaking’ covers every aspect of the investigation, including interviews with the original investigators and surviving victims.
2. There’s Something Wrong With Aunt Diane
In July 2009, Diane Schuler horrified drivers as she drove for 1.7 miles the wrong way in the fast lane of traffic of the Taconic State Parkway in the Hudson Valley of New York. She had five children in the vehicle – four of them died in the tragic accident including her 2-year-old daughter and three nieces as well as three men in the SUV she hit.
This documentary follows her husband and sister-in-law’s attempt as they attempt to answer why Schuler, who did not have alcohol problems and was a seemingly model mother and citizen, really crashed the car.
1. The Case of JonBenet Ramsey
In 1996, 6-year-old pageant queen JonBenet Ramsey was found murdered at her family home in Boulder, Colorado. She was reported missing by her parents then eight hours later, her body was found in the basement. The case still remains unsolved. This docu-series unites former investigators with new experts to re-examine the unsolved murder. There are so many twists that by the end you won’t know what to believe anymore.