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My taste when it comes to TV shows is pretty specific. In the last month, I think the only thing I have watched has been crime shows. I mean, name any crime show, and I have probably watched it. If you’re anything like me, you are always looking for new criminal shows or documentaries. Let me walk you through some of my favorites on Netflix.

Night Stalker: The Hunt for a Serial Killer

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This first one I cannot stress enough. If you have not watched this, don’t even bother reading the rest of this. Go watch it now! It is a four-episode series that details the manhunt for the Night Stalker, later discovered to be Richard Ramirez. It is one of those shows that will just blow you away. Many series following just one case or criminal can have periods of time where it is uninteresting. But in this docu-series, there was not a minute where my eyes were off the screen.

The Keepers

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This docu-series is probably not for everyone, but it certainly was for me. The Keepers makes this list because of how hard-hitting and emotional this series is. Not a second went by where I wasn’t in pure shock. This documentary follows the investigation of Sister Catherine Cesnik’s death decades later. The investigation is spearheaded by two former students of the Catholic high school where Sister Catherine was a nun and a teacher before she was killed in 1969. Along the way, the former students end up unearthing more than they ever could have thought, including the sexual assaults that were occurring within the school. It is seven episodes total and a little long but with many plot twists along the way, it is definitely worth it.

I am a Killer

This is by far one of the most unique criminal shows I have watched. Each episode interviews a new inmate who is currently on death row. Some of these inmates claim they are innocent, while others use this chance to own up to what they did, apologize or just tell their side of the story. I like this one because each episode is different, so nothing is dragging on too much. I will have to caution you; the first episode has given me chills like nothing I have ever watched, read or listened to. Once you get through that, some of the most interesting cases I have heard are detailed by the killers themselves.

American Murder: The Family Next Door

This is technically just a documentary instead of a docu-series, but regardless, it is something you have to watch. I am sure many of you remember, but if not, the documentary will quickly jog your memory of the disappearance of Shannan Watts and her two daughters back in 2018. It was one of those cases that turned into national news overnight. This documentary has a unique style using firsthand footage and the use of Shannon’s own messages and social media profiles that can create an eerie effect.

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