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From bone-chilling podcasts to mind-boggling documentaries, our true-crime obsession is at an all-time high. So, if you’ve already watched every single episode of The Staircase and can’t find anything that compares to its binge-worthiness, keep reading for a complete list of hidden true-crime gems on Netflix.

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‘The 43’

In 2014, 43 students from Ayotzinapa Rural Teachers’ College planning a political protest in Iguala, Mexico, went missing. This docuseries disputes—to chilling effect—the Mexican government’s account of how and why they vanished.

‘The Investigator: A British Crime Story’

Renowned criminologist Mark Williams-Thomas uses his 11 years of police training to re-examine a string of mysterious murders. (You had us at British accent.)

‘Abducted in Plain Sight’

This doc can be summed up in two easy words: bad parenting. When a friendly neighbor manipulates the parents of a young girl into letting him kidnap their daughter, you’d bet a million dollars that the parents wouldn’t fall for it again…until they do.

‘Long Shot’

The 40-minute documentary introduces viewers to Juan Catalan, a man who enlists the Los Angeles Dodgers in an attempt to prove he’s innocent of murder.

‘ReMastered: The Two Killings of Sam Cooke’

You probably think of Sam Cooke for his huge soul hits, including “A Change Is Gonna Come” and “Chain Gang.” But this documentary explores how the crooner’s outspoken views on civil rights might’ve led to his untimely death at age 33. This reexamination of one of the 20th century’s most iconic talent’s life and death is undoubtedly a must-watch.

‘Strong Island’

Rewind to April 1992, when a 24-year-old African-American teacher named William Ford Jr. was murdered by a white male. Although Ford was unarmed, he immediately became a suspect in his own murder. Strong Island tells his story, along with how racism shaped the upsetting outcome of the case.


If you’ve ever been curious about MKUltra—the CIA mind-control program—this is a must-watch. Directed by Errol Morris (American Dharma), the docudrama is as genre-bending as it is mind-bending, using Oscar-worthy reenactments like you’ve never seen before to explore the mysterious death of a U.S. scientist entangled in the secret Cold War initiative. 

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