Now I don’t know about you, but I love a crime documentary. Like, really LOVE a crime documentary. Which is why it probably won’t surprise you that I was a big fan of Making a Murderer when it was realised. I watched the whole 10 episodes over two days. And become one of those really annoying people who just wanted to talk about Steven Avery and the injustice he suffered to anyone who would listen. So if like me, you loved the show, then here are my recommendations for what to watch if you loved Making a Murderer:
Now, this might be one of the most twisted documentaries I’ve ever seen – and I’ve seen a few! This one tells the story pizza delivery man, Brian Wells, who literally blew up while in police custody for bank robbery. He had had a bomb locked around his neck and was tasked with going on a criminal scavenger hunt in search of the key. Sounds odd right? Well, it is!
This was a bit of an odd one for me. Yes, I was hooked from episode one, but I also can’t quite get my head around how the documentary was shot and how it ended. If you’ve not seen it yet, it centres around the trial of Michael Peterson. He is accused of killing his wife by pushing her down the stairs of their home. According to Michael, she simply fell while he was outside. Obviously, the Police don’t believe him and think he’s guilty of murdering her. Especially when his past and behaviour within the marriage comes out. It’s definitely one of those documentaries that keep you guessing the whole way through as to whether he’s guilty or not.
This one is about Sister Cathy Cesnick, who was a 26-year-old nun from Baltimore. Although she was murdered back in the 1960’s, the case still remains unsolved today. This one is definitely a little tough to watch in places. The documentary suggests she may have been about to expose a paedophile ring involving the Catholic Church before she died.
I AM A KILLER
Now unlike the other documentaries that leave you guessing whether someone is truly guilty of the crimes they’re accused of. I am a killer, focuses on those prisoners who have admitted their crimes. And are currently sat on death row awaiting execution. Not only is it gripping TV as you get to catch a glimpse into the personalities of these men. But it’s also startling just how much they all have in common. They all had less than perfect childhoods that involved everything from domestic violence to sexual abuse. Which just really makes you think whether these men stood much of a chance of a ‘normal’ life when their lives started the way they did.
Let me know in the comments if you’re a fan of crime documentaries. And what to watch if you loved Making A Murderer.