Watching documentary series about serial killers has always been our interest and most of the time we watch that kind of documentary out of interest just to know why and how a particular serial killer brutally killed his victim thanks to Netflix for bringing out the best documentary series about serial killers.
Do you love to watch crime documentary series and movies? If you do then this particular list is made for you specially. There are tons of crime documentary series but this list has mentioned the best ones for you. Well, crime documentary series are indeed kind of disturbing because they not only show serial killers but they also show how serial killers killed their victims in a very brutal way, and all over that, these documentaries are based on real stories. So if you are in search of some of the best crime documentary series and films then here are the best documentary crime series that you need to watch.
Keep scrolling down and get to know about the most popular and interesting docuseries. The list has not been made according to the ranks or anything like that, it has been made only for you to get an idea about the most popular crime documentary series on Netflix.
15. The Confession Killer
The Confession Killer is an original Netflix docuseries that is based on the serial killer Henry Lee Lucas, his crimes are way out of our imagination and once you start watching this series you may have a very hard to process the whole thing as it involves murders and all in a very brutal way.
This docuseries got released on Netflix on December 6, 2019, consisting of only 1 season and 5 episodes, usually, crime documentary series don’t have that many episodes as well as seasons. The Confession Killer is directed by Robert Kenner and Taki Oldham. The story is actually very interesting because when Henry finally admits that he has murdered 200 victims soon they realize that whatever he has said is just lies but are they really lying? To know the whole thing in a detailed way watch the docuseries on Netflix.
The cast of The Confession Killer includes Nan Cuba as a Journalist, Bob Prince (a retired Texas Ranger), Hugh Aynesworth as a Journalist, Phil Ryan (A retired Texan Ranger), Clemmie Schroeder (Jailhouse Minister), Vic Feazell (Former District Attorney), Mike Cox (Former Texas Rangers Spokesperson), Parker McCullough as the attorney of Lucas, Joyce Lemons as Debbie’s Mother, Ninfa Sheppard Lambert as Rita’s Sister, Linda Erwin (Retired Homicide Detective), Anne Gilmore (Daughter of Joan Gilmore), Larry Hawkins (Retired Detective), Truman Simons (Former Sheriff’s Deputy), Jim Henderson as a Journalist, Liz Flatt as Debbie’s Sister and many more are there.
14. Killer Inside: The Mind of Aaron Hernandez
We have always read about serial killers in the headline of the newspaper but have you ever seen a public figure as a serial killer? Well, I know it is hard to make an image of the whole thing, right? Killer Inside: The Mind of Aaron Hernandez is about a former football player who is actually a murderer.
Many fans of his were in utter shock when they got to know that the person they adore a lot, the person whom they considered an inspiration is actually someone else, in reality, nobody expected that something like this would happen to Aaron, he was immensely popular but his career ended because of his own bad deeds, Aaron Killed Odin Llyod which is why his fans were left in disappointment after hearing this news. This documentary series got released on January 15, 2020, consisting of only 3 episodes. Killer Inside: The Mind of Aaron Hernandez is directed by Geno McDermott and produced by Jennifer Sofio Hall, Kent Kubena, Terry Leonard, and Michael Steiner and the executive producers are Dan Wetzel, Kevin Armstrong, Dan DiStefano, and Angus Wall.
The cast of Killer Inside: The Mind of Aaron Hernandez includes Kevin Armstrong, Dan Wetzel, Stephen Zigas, Patrick Haggan, Thomas Hodgson, Tim Sansoucie, Dennis Sansoucie, Mike Massey, Ryan O’Callaghan, Leigh Bodden, Jamaal Lewis, Maria Cramer, Jermaine Wiggins, William Camara, Susan Candiotti, Kristen St. John, Chris Borland, Dwayne Marion Johnson, Jose Baez, Carol Bailey, Jeffrey Montez De Oca, Shane Hickey, George Leontire, Kelly P. Williams and many more are there.
13. The Women and The Murderer
The Women and The Murderer is one of the most interesting crime documentary series, if you love crime stuff or suspense thriller genres then this one should be on your list, if you want to know the whole synopsis of this documentary then you should not waste your time and watch it on Netflix as soon as possible.
This documentary series was released in the year 2021, you will know why the name of this docuseries is “The Women and The Murderer” once you watch the series but before that let me give you a small intro to this series.
The story follows two women who want to catch a killer in Paris, the story is set in the 1990s. The cast of The Women and The Murderer includes Anne Gautier, Helena Frinking, Agnes Nijkamp, Martine Monteil, Princess Diana, Magalie Sirotti, Chantel Sirotti, Patricia Touranchaeu, Oliver Pascal, Estelle Magd, Catherine Rocher, Elsa Benady, Pascale Escarfail, Gilbert Thiel, Guy Georges (the serial Killer), Frederique Pons, Alex Ursulet, Solange Doumic, Liliane Rocher, Francis Bechet, Ghislaine Benady, Jeanne Morin and many more are there, some of them are not actually a part of the star cast of The Women and The Murderer they are actually shown in the series through video footage and all.
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12. Girl In The Picture
Girl In The Picture is one of the most popular crime documentary series, it even made it into the top 10 most popular shows on Netflix when it got released, Girl In The Picture is the most creepiest yet mysterious series that is based on a true story.
The whole synopsis is hard to explain, you should watch this one first. It is directed by Skye Borgman. The cast of Girl In The Picture includes Karen Parsley, Charles Engles, Merle Bean, Ernest Bean, Billy Carter, Joe Fitzpatrick, Jenny Fisher, Sherry Fortson Bailey, Lynn Clemons, Heather Lane, Michelle Cupples, Edward Kumiega, Mark Yancey, Mark Deasaro, Matt Birkbeck, Megan Dufresne, Mary Dufresne, Ashley Rodriguez, Scott Lobb, Nate Furr, Sandra Willet, Cliff Sevakis.
Sharon Marshall, Franklin Delano Floyd, Cheryl Ann Commesso, Michael Anthony Hughes, James Davis, Sean Berube, Mark Chinnery, Natalie De Vincebtiis, Sarah French, Dana Mackin, Chance Wilder Onody, Meg Schomelpfenig, Robert Christopher Smith, Lennox Weathers and many more are there.
11. The Ripper
The Ripper is a 2020 documentary series that got aired on Netflix on 16 December 2020. It is directed by Jesse Vile Ellena Wood and the show has only 4 episodes in total just like other Netflix docuseries. It is about the notorious serial killer Jack, better known as Jack The Ripper.
The cast of The Ripper includes Alan Whitehouse, Keith Hellawell, Andrew Laptew, Christa Ackroyd, Chris Gregg, Richard McCann, Joan Smith, Mo Lea, Mike Green, John Domaille, Neil Jackson, David Harney, Tracy Browne, Elaine Benson, Bruce Jones, Julie Bindel, Angela Gallop, etc.
10. House Of Secrets
House of Secrets is about an Indian Delhi Family that committed suicide, what is more, surprising is that the whole family committed suicide by performing a ritual, it is definitely an interesting Docuseries but it is also very creepy, you should watch the whole series on Netflix to know the whole thing in details.
House of Secrets was released recently, and it has also gained a lot of popularity even though the series is kind of scary as well as shocking. If you want to watch this series, you can watch it on Netflix.
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09. Indian Predator: The Butcher of Delhi
Indian Predator: The Butcher Of Delhi is another Indian Documentary series that got aired on Netflix. It has only 3 episodes and all the episodes got aired recently, on 20 July 2022. This is another interesting documentary series that needs to be on your watchlist. The cast of The Butcher of Delhi includes Altaf Hussain, Manjit Singh, etc.
08. The Sons Of Sam: A Descent Into Darkness
The Sons Of Sam: A Descent Into Darkness is another original Netflix Documentary series that got premiered on Netflix on 5 May 2021. The series is directed by Joshua Zeman. The series has only 4 episodes but you will get to everything about the case of Sam. The cast of this series involves Paul Giamatti, Charlie Ott, Phil Amicone, Michael Zukerman, Mary Murphy, Georgiana Byrne, and many more are there.
07. Catching Killers
Catching Killers is another Documentary Series that got released on Netflix we can say that it is an original Netflix Documentary series that got aired on 4 November 2021 and it has 2 seasons in total.
Catching Killers is a documentary series about serial killers that get caught by detectives, in simple terms the series shows how police officers try to catch serial killers and how hard it is to catch the most vicious Serial Killers, it has only 8 episodes and every episode is very interesting and your interest will increase a lot just by watching the first episode as it is a True Crime Docuseries.
Catching Killers is produced by Simon Dekker and Diana Sole and the editor of Catching Killers is Richard Granberry Wesley Poole. The second season of Catching Killers got aired recently on February 9, 2022.
The cast of Catching Killers includes Charles Coffey, Jim Mclntyre, John Ingram, Debbie Harris, Josh Mckenzie, Gabrielle Fritz, Dave Reichert, Phil Stanford, Brian Jarvis, Clark Schwartzkopf, Kelly Otis, Fae Brooks, Steve Binegar, Dana Gouge, Kevin Robinson, Mike Joyner, Tom Jensen, Darren Udd, Tim Relph, David Dickinson, Don Sherrard, Patrick Platte, Miguel Fish, Kristian Drew, Hannah Colby, Laura Ndreu, Simon Kingsley, Ashley Hudson, Stuart Brindle, Jonathon Michaels, Simon Strutt, Julie Williamson and many more are there.
Watch this documentary series on Netflix and share your opinions and thoughts about serial killers and what you understand from the perspective of police officers and journalists, as I have mentioned above, this series mainly focuses on the Investigations that are done by police officers and detectives to catch the killers, so you will get to see more interviews and opinions of the detectives in this series.
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06. Memories Of A Murderer: The Nilsen Tapes
This Netflix series is about the Scottish serial killer, Dennis Andrew Nilsen who was born in Fraserburgh, Scotland on 23, November 1945 and died in the year 2018 on 12 May. He is also known as The Muswell Kill Murderer.
During the span of his crimes he killed numerous men and boys, the way he killed the victims is still very creepy for the people who have read factual information about him, and those who have seen this docuseries know how he committed crimes and why he killed the victims, it is also quite shocking to know that after killing the victims he used to perform some rituals, even though he had committed many crimes he did not get the name “Muswell Hill Murderer”, you must be wondering why he is known as Muswell Hill Murderer well he got this name because he had killed many victims on the Muswell Hill.
The docuseries is mainly focused on him and his life, it shows how he started to kill people and then how his life ended as Muswell Hill Murderer. You can watch this docuseries on Netflix but it is more like a Documentary Film as it doesn’t have any episodes, the duration of this documentary film is only 1 hour 25 minutes. You can easily stream it on Netflix and get to know about the Scottish serial Killer Dennis Andrew Nilsen.
05. World’s Most Wanted
When we watch a documentary series based on a serial killer’s life we always find it interesting as well as creepy because of their crimes but what is more frightening is that the most heinous killers that were once used to kill a lot of people have not to get caught yet and we don’t know about their whereabouts, World’s Most Wanted is a Netflix Docuseries which tells us about that kind of killers that have not yet been caught.
This series was released in the year 2020 consisting of only 5 episodes in total. The title of the first episode is “Ismael ” El Mayo” Zambada Garcia: The Head Of The Sinaloa Cartel”, the second episode holds the title “Félicien Kabuga: The Financer of the Genocide in Rwanda”, the title of the third episode is “Samantha Lewthwaite: The White Widow”, the title of the fourth episode is “Semion Mogilevich: The Russian Mafia Boss” and the title of the last episode is “Matteo Messina Denaro: Cosa Nostra’s Last Godfather”, all the episodes got released on the same date, August 5, 2020.
If you want to know about the five most unwanted criminals and what crimes they have done then this one is for you, this docuseries will help you to know everything about them. The cast of World’s Most Wanted includes Jennifer Julian, David Lorino, Pierre-Richard Prosper, Thomas Fuentes, Jamie Pyatt, Calogero Germaná, Jack Riley, Lirio Abbate, Craig Unger, Jean Pierre Ruzindana, Gina Vale, Leonid Roitman, Jusús Esquivel, David Videcette, Giuseppe Fontana, Jasques Pitteloud, Santino Di Matteo, Louis De Gonzague Munyazogeye and many more are there.
04. Conversations With a Killer: The John Wayne Gacy Tapes
This Documentary is also a 2022 crime documentary series that is about the serial Killer, John Wayne Gacy. The show is about his serial killings and the motive behind his crimes and murders, if you have seen the new crime documentary series of 2022 then this one should be on your list too. You can watch it on Netflix.
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03. Night Stalker: The Hunt For a Serial Killer
This crime documentary series needs to be on this list, Netflix did a great job by showing us the story of Richard Ramirez. Night Stalker: The Hunt For a Serial Killer is one of the most popular crime docuseries that focuses on the vicious killer, Richard Ramirez, even though his crimes were so popular in the 90s but this series has brought back the story of Richard to light.
This documentary series got launched on 13 January 2021 on Netflix and only consists of 4 episodes. Richard Ramirez was always considered one of the most vicious serial killers and during the span of his crimes the people of Los Angeles were very scared, after he started killing people, the fear of getting killed was spread all over Los Angeles, and everyone was living in fear.
Richard is not just a serial killer, he even rapped his victims whether they were old women or small kids, he did not show Mercy to anyone. The series is about his crimes and the police officers that were in charge of his case are also part of this series, they narrate how they try to catch Richard even the tapes and videos of his trial are also shown in this series.
Night Stalker: The Hunt For a Serial Killer has 4 episodes, as I have mentioned above. All the episodes are interesting because you will get to know how he started his crime and how he get caught by the police officers. What is more interesting and frightening about his crime is that he did not have any pattern, he killed different kinds of people, and sometimes he did not kill his victims after sexually assaulting them.
This vicious killer is also known as Night Stalker, Walk In Killer, and Valley Intruder. The whole docuseries is very interesting as well as terrifying because it is definitely hard to digest that someone could do such terrifying things in real life that too with kids and old women. If you want to watch this series then you can watch it on Netflix.
02. The Raincoat Killer: Chasing a Predator in Korea
South Korean suspense drama series are always on another level whether it is Tunnel or Singal, all these dramas are just so good that fans can’t move on from these dramas but do you know from where these series get inspiration?
Well, during the time of 80s and 90s there were some serial killers that made the whole of south Korea sink into fear. Yoo Young Chul is a serial killer who is also known as the Raincoat Killer, there are many films and movies that are inspired by his story such as the recent drama “Through The Darkness” starring the popular actor Kim Nam Gil that got aired on January 14, 2022, and ended on March 12, 2022, the series is loosely based on the story of Yoo Young Chul.
It is said that he killed many women, especially rich old women and those who are involved in prostitutes because he has hatred towards them and that is also his motive why he killed so many women, he is also a cannibal, and it is believed that he ate the livers of some victims after killing them, this gruesome killer is now behind the bars but people want to know his story why he took this step and killed so many people.
If you want to know about him then you should watch the docuseries “The Raincoat Killer: Chasing a Predator in Korea” which is based on the life of Yoo Young Chul you will get to know everything about his crimes in this documentary series, and you can also watch the drama Through The Darkness, it is a very interesting drama and it is also inspired by the life of the serial killer Yoo Young Chul.
01. Conversations With a Killer: The Ted Bundy Tapes
Ted Bundy, well who doesn’t know this name? Most people especially those from the 90s and 80s still get scared after hearing this name, this notorious killer created fear among the people and that fear is still alive.
Ted Bundy is the most popular serial killer and after he get caught many killers were inspired by him and they also started to follow his pattern and way to commit crimes. These docuseries help us get to look into the life of this notorious killer and why did he kill so many people. This was released on 24 January 2019 consisting of only 4 episodes.
Each episode of this docuseries is very traumatizing as you will get to see a lot of murder cases and all, you will also get to see the videos of Ted Bundy and the victims of his crimes.
Ted Bundy killed 30 young girls and women but it is also believed that he had killed more than 30 young girls, during his span of crime people were living in full fear, and when he got caught finally people get to sleep peacefully.
If you want to know about the most popular and vicious serial killer then watch Conversation With A Killer: The Ted Bundy Tapes on Netflix.