True crime content just keeps coming out every week, and we don’t love it! Since the insane success of Tiger King and Make a murderer, true crime documentaries have been produced for a sum previously unheard of. It didn’t take long for a once niche genre to become mainstream entertainment.
Now everyone is looking for bloody crimes and terrifying criminals to keep them on the edge of their set. However, it is getting more and more difficult to sift through the pile and find the best quality gems.
That’s why this year we’ve made a list of the best true crime documentaries for your sickly viewing pleasure! These shows and movies range from classic serial killers to cold cases. Here are the best true crime documentaries of 2021 so far:
Night Stalker: The Hunt for a Serial Killer
The four-part series deals with the 1985 murder of Richard Ramirez in Los Angeles. Richard Ramirez’s heinous crimes include rape, kidnapping and murder. The docu-series follows detectives Gil Carrillo and Frank Salerno on the hunt for the elusive Night Stalker.
The show is both graphic and disturbing, but you just can’t take your eyes off the screen. Although each episode lasts almost an hour, we promise you will go through the night finishing this true crime series!
Crime scene: The Vanishing at the Cecil Hotel
Elisa Lam’s disappearance went viral after footage of her latest performance at the Cecil Hotel was discovered. The infamous video of Lam pacing nervously in the hotel elevator remains eerie to this day.
Once a glamorous establishment, the Cecil Hotel is now known for its numerous tales of true crime and terrifying deaths.
We doubt anyone will be booking a room at the Cecil Hotel anytime soon.
Murder of the Mormons
This three-part series describes the true crime of the 1985 Salt Lake City pipe bombings. The three bombings killed two and injured one, Mark Hofmann, who eventually became a suspect in the crime.
The Netflix show explores the dark underbelly of religious organizations and shocks viewers with the motive for these killings in Salt Lake City.
If you haven’t seen this Oscar-nominated documentary yet, 2021 is the year to watch it. This film follows the case of the filmmaker’s murdered brother, William Ford Jr., who was only twenty-four years old.
Ford was a black teacher who was shot and killed by a 19-year-old white mechanic. Ford’s case was immediately viewed as self-defense, and the injustice that follows is a cruel reminder of the country’s racial issues.
Winner of multiple film awards, Strong island is a must in these times of political division.
This is a robbery: the world’s greatest art robbery
This thrilling four-part true crime series delves into the absurd 1990 Boston art heist. The docuseries describes how two men disguised as police officers were able to steal $ 500 million worth of art.
These art thieves and their stolen works have yet to be discovered. However, the series follows their genius master plan and how exactly they carried out one of the greatest art heists in true crime history.
Why did you kill me?
This documentary follows a family’s personal investigation into the murder of their twenty-four-year-old daughter. As you can imagine, this traumatic event and quest for revenge only leads to more despair.
By searching the depths of social media for their daughter’s killer, they discover more than they bargained for.
The sons of Sam
The documentary series follows journalist Maury Terry’s lifelong investigation into the Son of Sam case. Through evidence and witness reports, Terry concludes that the killer David Berkowitz was not acting alone.
One of the most notorious serial killers in American history, the Son of Sam case is still just as gruesome as it was in 1977. The series leaves you terrified that those possible “Sons of Sam” are still free to this day walk around.
Get your bloody fix with the best true crime documentaries of 2021! Have you seen any of these true crime gems? What did you think? Let us know in the comments which 2021 documentaries you think are the best of true crime!
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