These TV shows, movies and podcasts will eat away at your not-too-distant future
At this point, it's probably safe to assume that everyone has either seen Making A Murderer, or heard so much about it that they've put it on their "to-watch" list.
For those out there who sped-viewed the ten-episode documentary on Netflix and aren't entirely sure what to do with the free-time, we've put together seven more true-crime documentaries that you're likely to love just as much, if not even more than Making A Murderer.
THE JINX: THE LIFE AND DEATHS OF ROBERT DURST
This six-part documentary initially aired only on HBO, but is currently available to buy in its entirety on DVD. It tells the story of Robert Durst, a man who claims he had no hand in the disappearance of his wife back in 1982, but was also implicated in two more grizzly murders in 2000 and 2001. The film-makers interview Durst years after he faked his own death, which leads to some very revealing stories...
The second-season of this podcast has begun to air telling a completely new true-life story, but the entire first season can be downloaded for free from the Serial website. In it, we learn the story of Adnan Syed, who was convicted for the murder of his ex-girlfriend Hae Min Lee in 1999. Since then, several different sources have brought forward huge amounts of new information and evidence that show up the case that was held against Syed, in much the same way that was discovered in the State's case against Steven Avery in Making A Murderer.
Currently available on DVD, we learn about 13-year-old, blonde-haired, blue-eyed Nicholas Barclay who goes missing in Texas. Three-and-a-half years later, he is found thousands of miles away in Spain, and his family welcome him home. However, Nicholas now has dark hair, dark eyes and a strong French accent. Nicholas' family don't question the changes in their son, but the documentary makers do.
WEST OF MEMPHIS
While the Paradise Lost Trilogy tackled the same subject as it was an on-going case, West Of Memphis manages to tackle it in a more concise manner, making it a more digestible (but no easier) watch. Detailing the story of the West Memphis Three who were jailed for the murder three 8-year-old children, this documentary focuses more on some of the alternative suspects in the case.
This eight-part documentary can be sourced online, informing us of the death of Kathleen Peterson, who was reported dead by her husband, novelist Michael Peterson. Police instead believed that Michael had bludgeoned Kathleen to death with a fireplace poker, and the documentary picks up soon after Michael's indictment.
THE FEAR OF 13
This is basically one long talking-head interview with one man; David Sington. He had spent twenty years on Death Row after a series of stupid mistakes run into each other, painting Sington in a supremely negative light. The story of a man so clearly innocent of the crimes he has been committed for will ring a bell for those who fell in love with Making A Murderer.
THE THIN BLUE LINE
This 1988 documentary should ring out some hope for those who want justice served in Steven Avery's case. Randall Dale Adams was convicted to serve life in prison for a murder he did not commit and (SPOILERS) one year after the documentary was released, his case was re-opened and Adams was set free. Proof that documentaries like these can be very, VERY important!