Netflix’s best true crime documentaries

  • Criminal Justice
  • March 11, 2024
  • 4 min read
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If you love a good true crime show, and we know you do, Netflix has recently upped it game when it comes to excellent true crime documentaries. 

So, if you’re still languishing in lockdown, or just looking for something to fill the space between your favorite true crime podcasts, here are some of the best true crime documentaries currently available on Netflix.

Netflix’s best true crime documentaries

Don’t F**k With Cats: Hunting an Internet Killer

Don’t F**k With Cats stets itself apart from the other documentaries on this list because it explores a thoroughly modern phenomenon, internet amateur sleuths tracking real killers.

The show focuses on Canadian murderer Luka Magnotta and how the lead up to his murder of Chinese student Jun Lin was preceded by him uploading videos of him killing cats to various social media sites.

The documentary explores both Magnotta’s crimes and if the notoriety that he gain online pushed him to eventually murder a person, or if it got him arrested before he could commit more crimes.

The Keepers

The Keepers looks into the disappearance and murder of a nun, Sister Cathy Cesnik, in 1969. The show quickly uncovers evidence that Cesnik may have discovered horrendous sexual abuse going on at the all-girls Archbishop Keough High School where she worked.

Multiple women had come forward with allegations against two priests, most specifically Father Joseph Maskell, and the working theory of the show is that Sister Cesnik set out to expose the priests and was murdered to ensure her silence. 

The Devil Next Door

The Devil Next Door explores the case of John Demjanjuk who was accused late in his life of being Ivan the Terrible, a sadistic Nazi concentration camp guard. This documentary follows the case of Demjanjuk as he is extradited to Isreal to stand trial, but it also follows the equally interesting story of his court-appointed attorney, Yoram Sheftel.

Sheftel, unmistakeably Jewish, is tasked with defending someone who could have played a significant role in the Holocaust, and his commitment to the idea that everyone should have legal representation made him into, in his own words, “the most hated man in Israel”.

Wild Wild Country

Wild Wild Country follows the exploits of Indian guru “Osho”, a.k.a. Bhagwan Shree Rajneesh. Set in, of all place, Oregon in the 1980s the show mostly focuses on Osho’s right-hand woman, Ma Anand Sheela, who would eventually be accused of attempted murder, second-degree assault, illegal wire-tapping, arson, and immigration fraud.

The story charts how Rajneesh and Sheela created their own small state at The Big Muddy Ranch, later renamed Rajneeshpuram, recruiting thousands of homeless people, abusing local zoning laws, and eventually trying to poison non-cult members by intentionally spreading Salmonella.

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Lisa Myers
General Education Department Director

Beginning her career as a Paralegal, Lisa soon advanced to the role of Senior Paralegal for various Family Law, Personal Injury and Corporate law firms in the Las Vegas community. She obtained her Juris Doctor and LL.M, completing her fellowship…Read Full Bio