With Making a Murderer on most people’s lips these days and a second season already in the works, here are five true-crime documentaries that are worth watching:
Dear Zachary: A Letter to a Son About his Father
Filmmaker Kurt Kuenne looks at the life of his friend, 28-year-old Dr. Andrew Bagby, who was murdered in 2001. Bagby’s ex-girlfriend is the focus of much of the film including her motive for committing the crime as well as her ability to abuse the legal system for several years.
Robert Durst, a man involved with multiple murders over the course of three decades but never convicted, is finally interviewed. Director Andrew Jarecki sits down with the former real estate heir for this shocking six-part mini-series.
The Central Park Five
Filmmaker Ken Burns looks at the 1989 case of five teenagers who were convicted of raping a jogger in Central Park, New York. The film is an eye-opening look at the power and ignorance of a police force which has hopes to close a case as soon as possible regardless of the evidence.
Paradise Lost: The Child Murders at Robin Hood Hills
This is possibly the most well-known true-crime documentary. It examines the horrific triple murder of three boys, and earned the accused the nickname The West Memphis Three. Similar to Making a Murderer, the film shows how opinions can be impossible to change regardless of the evidence presented. Be sure to follow it up with Paradise Lost 2: Revelations, Paradise Lost 3: Purgatory, and West of Memphis.
The Staircase (also known as Death on the Staircase)
This eight-part series examines a high-profile murder through interviews and courtroom footage. The style and pace of this series make it the most similar to Making a Murderer . If you’re looking for more, check out The Staircase 2: The Last Chance.