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The best true crime documentaries to watch this autumn

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Best true crime documentaries

From the chilling Ted Bundy Tapes to the mind-boggling story of Abducted In Plain Sight, these unsettling true crime documentaries will keep you glued to the screen.     

As the nights draw in and the weather turns grey, it’s the perfect time to snuggle up and binge-watch some seriously compelling true crime documentaries.

There’s never been a better time to get involved with the true crime phenomenon. Thanks to the launch of Sky’s dedicated true crime channel Sky Crime and brand-new series dropping on the likes of Netflix and Amazon Prime on a monthly basis, there’s enough material to keep the most avid true crime fans entertained through to the end of the year at least.

So, whether you’re in it for the long-run or just want to give true crime a go, this list of Stylist’s picks of the best true crime documentaries currently available will give you a good place to start. Just maybe don’t watch these alone at night…

  • The Case Against Adnan Syed

    Best true crime documentaries: The Case Against Adnan Syed
    Best true crime documentaries: The Case Against Adnan Syed on Sky Crime and NOW TV.

    The Case Against Adnan Syed reexamines the case surrounding the 1999 murder of 18-year-old Baltimore high school student Hae Min Lee, and the conviction of her then 19-year-old boyfriend, Adnan Syed.

    First popularised on the hit podcast Serial, Syed’s case is explored in micro-detail in this series, which features exclusive interviews with Syed and members of his defence team. 

    The Case Against Adnan Syed is available to watch on Sky Crime and Now TV now.

    To read more about The Case Against Adnan Syed from Stylist, click here.

  • I Love You, Now Die: The Commonwealth Vs. Michelle Carter

    Best true crime documentaries: I Love You Now Die on Sky Crime and NOW TV.
    Best true crime documentaries: I Love You Now Die on Sky Crime and NOW TV.

    I Love You, Now Die explores the case of Michelle Carter, who faced trial for a series of texts she sent her boyfriend Conrad Roy urging him to end his life, just before he committed suicide. 

    This two-part documentary explores whether Carter’s actions were indeed criminal, after she was found guilty of involuntary manslaughter in 2017, three years after Roy’s death. 

    I Love You, Now Die is available to watch on Sky Crime and NOW TV now.

    To read more about I Love You, Now Die from Stylist, click here.

  • The Jinx: The Life And Deaths Of Robert Durst

    Best true crime documentaries: The Jinx: The Life And Deaths Of Robert Durst on Sky Crime.
    Best true crime documentaries: The Jinx: The Life And Deaths Of Robert Durst on Sky Crime.

    The Jinx: The Life And Deaths Of Robert Durst examines the complex but reclusive life of the wealthy real estate icon Robert Durst, the key suspect in a series of unsolved crimes.

    If you haven’t heard about what happens at the end of this series, you’re in for one of the biggest plot twists ever.

    You can watch The Jinx: The Life And Deaths Of Robert Durst on Sky Crime and NOW TV now.

  • Abducted In Plain Sight

    Best true crime documentaries: Abducted In Plain Sight on Netflix.
    Best true crime documentaries: Abducted In Plain Sight on Netflix.

    Abducted In Plain Sight follows the story of Jan Broberg and the strange series of events which led up to her abduction at the hands of family friend Robert ‘B’ Berchtold.

    While the story of Jan’s abduction is incredibly shocking, it was Berchtold’s methods of deception – and the lengths he went to to gain the family’s trust – that have captured the attention of audiences around the world.

    Abducted In Plain Sight is available to watch on Netflix now.

    To read more about Abducted In Plain Sight from Stylist, click here.

  • Conversations With A Killer: The Ted Bundy Tapes

    Best true crime documentaries: Confessions With A Killer: The Ted Bundy Tapes on Netflix.
    Best true crime documentaries: Conversations With A Killer: The Ted Bundy Tapes on Netflix.

    Conversations With A Killer: The Ted Bundy Tapes is a chilling insight into the mind of one of the world’s most infamous serial killers. 

    Made up of voicetapes from Bundy’s interviews with Stephen Michaud when he was on death row in the 1980s, the documentary gives a chilling and detailed overview of his incredibly violent crimes.

    Conversations With A Killer: The Ted Bundy Tapes is available to watch on Netflix now.

    To read more about Conversations With A Killer: The Ted Bundy Tapes from Stylist, click here.

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