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Crime Documentaries
From unsolved murders and bank heists to corporate scandals and drug cartels, take a deep dive into true crime stories with these titles.
A Good American
Aarushi: Beyond Reasonable Doubt
Ashley Madison: Sex, Lies & Cyber Attacks
Asia's Underworld
Betrayal At Attica
Bloodsworth: An Innocent Man
Brides And Brothels: The Rohingya Trade
Children of the Sex Trade
Conspiracy Rising
Cursed Bloodlines
Deepwater Horizon: Dispatches from the Gulf
Guru: Bhagwan, His Secretary and His Bodyguard
Hooligan Sparrow
Is Love Racist: The Dating Game
iwonderWho - Tony Pua (The Kleptocrats)
iwonderWho - Ursula Macfarlane (Untouchable)
Jakarta School Brawl
Jihad Jane
Kids for Cash
Kim Dotcom: Caught in the Web
Maria Butina
Murder In Malaysia
Murder in Paradise
My Brother the Serial Killer
My Calling: Unexpected Heroine
Nepal: The Great Plunder
Night Guard
North Korea: The Death of Kim Jong-nam
Peace Officer
Playground Murder Plot
Saudi's Crown Prince on Trial
Shooting Of The Pontiff
Spy Merchants
Stroop: Journey into the Rhino Horn War
Tales Of The Grim Sleeper
The Armour of Light
The Art of the Steal
The Guy With the Knife
The Hunt For Transylvanian Gold
The Internet's Own Boy: The Story of Aaron Swartz
The Kleptocrats
The Penalty
The Radical Story of Patty Hearst
The Real Sherlock Holmes
The Soham Murders
The Weekly: Apple’s Gold
The Weekly: Balaraba
The Weekly: Connecting The World
The Weekly: El Chapo’s Son - The Siege Of Culiacán
The Weekly: Fake Believe
The Weekly: Inauguration,Inc
The Weekly: Mr. Mcgahn
The Weekly: The Blueprint
The Weekly: The Education of T.M. Landry
The Weekly: The End of the Line
The Weekly: The Hot List
The Weekly: The Memo
The Weekly: The Myth of the Medallion
The Weekly: The Sicario
The Weekly: V. Johnson & Johnson
The Work
Vigilante: The Incredible True Story of Curtis Sliwa and the Guardian Angels
What Happened In Vegas
Yusuf Hawkins: Storm over Brooklyn
The popularity of true crime documentaries is on the rise
Whenever a major crime or scandal emerges and rocks the world, there’s one thing you can be sure of–there will be documentaries made about it sooner or later. Whether it’s about murder, violence, embezzlement, heists, or other forms of crime, true crime documentaries stand the test of time, with our morbid fascination for them lasting for generations.

Interestingly, one of the largest demographics of true crime fans are young women. Some experts have speculated that the reason for this is tied to human psychology. Michael Mantell, founding chief psychologist for the San Diego Police Department, states that “women fear being crime victims more than men do”, which makes them more interested in learning how to avoid becoming a victim. “For some, it’s a method to ‘feel like’ they have control over a given situation, though they often don’t.”

The true crime documentary experience is more immersive
True crime fans often find themselves deeply vested in the story. They observe investigators as they discover clues at a crime scene and piece information together, they watch prosecutors and criminal lawyers battle it out in sensationalised courtroom scenes, and they form their own theories about what may or may not have happened, regardless of an official verdict.

This journey leads them to discuss and pick apart the crime and its investigation long after the case has closed, debating with themselves and others on whether justice was served and what could have been done differently. True crime fans are a more active audience, often reading more about additional clues or theories after watching a true crime documentary title or series.

Types of true crime documentaries
Depending on the topic, true crime documentaries often focus on different angles. Unsolved mysteries typically focus on the victim, such as The Mystery of JonBenet, the unsettling story of the 6-year-old who was found dead in her own home. Another example is The Teacher’s Wife, which investigates the disappearance of Lyn Dawson and how two coroners concluded that her husband murdered her, but he was not prosecuted at the time. Some other popular documentaries focus on the criminal, such as Aileen Wuornos. The documentary Aileen: Life and Death of a Serial Killer takes viewers through Aileen’s violent childhood and how she evolved into becoming a hitchhiking prostitute turned serial killer.

But not all true crime documentaries are about homicide and disappearance. Some also delve into intense corporate or political scandals, such as The Kleptocrats, which covers the story behind the world’s largest white-collar heist, where billions of dollars are embezzled from Malaysia’s sovereign wealth fund and end up lining the pockets of the Prime Minister and his inner circle, while also flowing into New York and Hollywood, used to court A-list celebrities and fund Leonardo DiCaprio’s “The Wolf of Wall Street.”

Check out the full iwonder true crime collection today
The collection also features a wide range of documentaries covering scandals and conspiracies about lesser-known topics, like Kids for Cash, which uncovers a shocking judicial secret in America where children are sent to for-profit detention centres without counsel or being advised of their rights, Hooligan Sparrow which follows activist Ye Haiyan as she seeks justice for 6 schoolgirls who were sexually abused by their principal, and many more interesting true crime documentary titles.