Cold Justice - Oxygen
Two veteran investigators attempt to crack unsolved murder cases. It's frightening how many cases are still lingering, but Kelly Siegler and Yolanda McClary and their team have helped solve nearly 35 cases since the series first aired in 2014. Murderers are all around us walking free, and that's the most frightening of all!
Making a Murderer - Netflix
There's plenty of controversy surrounding this show because it focuses on his efforts to overturn his murder conviction. While Steve Avery was found not guilty of sexual assault after spending 18 years in prison, he was accused and arrested soon after his release for the murder of a 25-year-old woman. He was convicted of this crime but recently won the right to have his case reexamined. Avery maintains his innocence and believes that he was convicted on false testimony and planted evidence. The series will make you question the American justice system but will also make you wonder if this guy is just taking advantage of a couple of documentarians who felt his story was worth telling.
Evil Stepmothers - Investigation Discovery
There really are evil stepmothers in the world and this series focuses on some of them who make Cinderella's stepmom look like a saint. The women featured in this series are unhinged and will go to any lengths to make their family's lives a living hell up to and including murder!
The Murder Castle - Investigation Discovery
The world's first serial killer, H.H. Holmes, is the focus of this series. Holmes built a hotel for the 1893 World's Fair in Chicago but it was a structure full of secrets. Hidden rooms, torture chambers, and stairways to nowhere were incorporated into the hotel as a way for Holmes to trap his victims. This was another guy who women thought was good-looking and charming but who had a sinister secret. This series takes you inside Holmes' Murder Castle and gives you a detailed account of how he committed his crimes.
Mindhunter - Netflix
Although technically a crime drama, the series is based on a true crime book by John E. Douglas and Mark Olshaker called Mindhunter: Inside the FBI's Elite Serial Crime Unit. Set in the late 70s, it focuses on the FBI's development of serial killer profiling and how speaking with these murderers and understanding how they think to help them solve current cases. There are some great performances here, most notably Cameron Britton as Ed Kemper. Pretty soon, you'll be using their techniques to try to figure out if the people you know are secret killers. It's the curse of being a true-crime aficionado.
Manhunt: Unabomber - Discovery Channel
This is another true crime drama series that will leave your head spinning. The series focuses on FBI Agent Jim Fitzgerald who attempted to use a new and different method to find and capture Ted Kaczynski, aka The Unabomber. Many in the agency scoffed at Fitzgerald's theories, but if wasn't for him and methods, Kaczynski might never have been caught!