Must-See True-Crime Documentaries

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The Keepers: This series is about how local governments and the Catholic Church have conspired to hide the truth and keep victims silent for decades. 

Evil Genius: The True Story of America’s Most Diabolical Bank Heist: This Netflix series chronicles the infamous 2003 "pizza bomber," in which a delivery man in Erie, Pennsylvania, robbed a bank with a bomb strapped to his neck. 

Wild Wild Country: This series looks at what happened when a the Rajneeshee community cult purchased land in Oregon in the 1980's to create a utopia. 

The Sentence: The documentary chronicles Cindy Valdez’s time behind bars, her family's efforts to free her and the hardships her three daughters faced growing up without their mother. 

The Jinx: The Life and Deaths of Robert Durst: The 2015 HBO series digs into the case of Robert Durst, the black-sheep son of a real-estate mogul who is suspected of killing three people in a two-decade span.

The Paradise Lost trilogy: HBO's trilogy about the West Memphis Three doesn't take sides but simply acts as the objective voice in a case that didn't have many. 

The Staircase: This documentary provides incredibly intimate access to Michael Peterson, a man accused of killing his wife, Kathleen, in 2001, but who contends she died after falling down the stairs.

The Central Park Five: Legendary documentary filmmaker Ken Burns explores the infamous 1989 Central Park jogger case, as well as the racial bias of both police and the media that led the falsely accused "Five" to become the primary targets of the investigation. 

O.J.: Made in America: This Oscar and Emmy-winning documentary is partly an examination of the murders of Nicole Brown Simpson and Ron Goldman, partly a biography of O.J. Simpson and partly a history of race in 20th-century America. 

Wormwood: Errol Morris investigates the theory that the CIA tested psychotropic drugs on its own employees and then tried to cover it up after experiments went terribly wrong. 

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