Viewers can’t seem to get enough of true crime shows or documentaries, and Netflix has them by the plenty. Loving the genre can be bittersweet. As bizarre, mind bending, and can’t look away entertaining as the subject matter can be, one must keep in mind that these are real situations that impacted people’s lives and should be viewed with a bit of compassion.

True crime is a topic that isn’t going away anytime soon though. Streaming services have tapped into our love for the genre with an abundance of actual footage and dramatizations to depict these heinous crimes. Here are 7 must watch true crime documentaries on Netflix you can stream right now.

Abducted in Plain Sight (2017)

Synopsis: “The twisting, turning, stranger-than-fiction true story of the Brobergs, a naive, church-going Idaho family that fell under the spell of a sociopathic neighbor with designs on their twelve-year-old daughter.”

American Murder: The Family Next Door (2020)

Synopsis: “In 2018, 34-year-old Shanann Watts and her two young daughters disappear in Colorado. With the heartbreaking details emerging, the family’s story made headlines around the world.”

Girl in the Picture (2022)

Synopsis: “A young mother’s mysterious death and her son’s subsequent kidnapping blow open a decades-long mystery about the woman’s true identity, and the murderous federal fugitive at the center of it all.”

Keep Sweet: Pray and Obey (2022)

Synopsis: “Examines the rise of Warren Jeffs in the Fundamentalist Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints and his shocking criminal case.”

Our Father (2022)

Synopsis: “After a woman’s at-home DNA test reveals multiple half-siblings, she discovers a shocking scheme involving donor sperm and a popular fertility doctor.”

The Keepers (2017)

Synopsis: “A seven-part docuseries about the unsolved murder of a nun and the horrific secrets and pain that linger nearly five decades after her death.”

The Tinder Swindler (2022)

Synopsis: “Posing as a wealthy, jet-setting diamond mogul, he wooed women online, then conned them out of millions of dollars. Now some victims plan for payback.”

Are you a true crime watcher? Which Netflix documentaries are on your list? Let us know in the comments below.


Amber Dover is a multimedia journalist with over a decade writing about pop culture. Cat mom with a deep love of horror, you can follow Amber at @Glambergirlblog on Instagram and Twitter.

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