If you are like most people who watched Making a Murderer, then it didn’t take you long to get through Netflix’s latest addictive series. For those who have finished the hit documentary and are looking to satisfy their hunger for more true crime, there’s no need to worry just yet. Luckily, there are many shows like Making a Murderer that will help feed even the biggest true crime addiction.
According to E! Online, for those who found Making a Murderer addictive, the next series to tackle is The Staircase. This show, which aired in 2004, centers on the story of Michael Peterson. As many will recall, Peterson was a famous author who was accused of killing his wife in cold blood. The documentary follows the defense lawyers as they try they best to prove Peterson’s innocence.
West Memphis Three is another intriguing story that has been covered in a variety of mediums, including print, documentaries, and films. The story follows a trio of teenagers who police accused of killing three young boys in Arkansas. The murders happened in 1993 and inspired the 2002 novel Devil’s Knot: The True Story of the West Memphis Three.
As far as documentaries on police corruption are concerned, you don’t get much better than The Thin Blue Line. This film centers on the story of a man charged with the murder of a police officer back in 1988. Ever since its debut, this documentary has changed the way people view their relationship with the justice system, much like Making a Murderer.
Meanwhile, in an attempt to capitalize on the popularity of Making a Murderer, the International Business Times is reporting that the Discovery Channel is getting ready to air its own documentary series titled Killing Fields. The series follows a case in Louisiana involving a graduate student at Louisiana State University. Killing Fields is set to air Tuesday night.
Speaking of documentary series, fans of Making a Murderer should watch Homicide Hunter. This series focuses on Joe Kenda’s investigations of homicides in Colorado Springs and includes a number of interesting cases. The series airs Tuesday nights on Investigation Discovery.
If you are looking for another series that dives deep into the state of the justice system, then consider Kids for Cash. According to the Wrap, the show tells the story of a successful judge who accepted money in exchange for sentencing young kids to extended terms in juvenile detention. The money was then used to build a new detention center to house the kids.
In regards to the justice system, The Farm: Angola, USA is a documentary that highlights the inefficiencies of the prison system with the U.S. The documentary focuses on several inmates in the prison, many of whom have evidence that proves their innocence but are not given a chance at a new trial.
If you find yourself tired of all the documentaries, then there are a number of great shows that should satisfy your true crime addiction. For starters, the first season of True Detective is one of the best true crime dramas to date. Don’t let the reviews for the second season scare you — the first season is truly a captivating watch all the way to the finish.
At the same time, David Fincher’s 2007 film Zodiac is a must for anyone trying to get in their true crime fix. The movie follows the real-life story of the Zodiac killer and the failure of detectives to discover the true identity of the killer who terrorized the west coast. Even more, the director’s cut version features an interview with one of the survivors of Zodiac’s attacks.
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