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True Crime-a-thon

Since we’re going to be having a True Crime discussion program every Friday through October, we wanted to let you get a head-start on some incriminating knowledge of some cases that have hit the big screen.

So we’ll be listing some Netflix, Hulu, HBOmax, and Amazon Prime Video titles so you can binge on that crazy, true-crime drama.

Please note: A rating will be added alongside the titles, descriptions, and reason for the rating (if rating is above TV-14).
[Ratings are based on IMDB’s Parents Guide-unless otherwise mentioned- and are valued on a scale of None/next to None-to-Mild-to-Moderate-to-Severe]

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The Act (Hulu-2019)
Rated TV-MA for (Moderate) Sex and Nudity, (Moderate) Violence and Gore, (Mild) Profanity, (Mild) Alcohol Drugs and Smoking, and (Moderate) Frightening and Intense scenes. – Trigger Warning – Child Abuse

The Act follows Gypsy Blanchard, a girl trying to escape the toxic relationship she has with her overprotective mother. Her quest for independence opens a Pandora’s box of secrets, one that ultimately leads to murder.

American Crime Story series:
The People vs. O.J. Simpson (Netflix-2016)
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Rated TV-MA for (Mild) Sex and Nudity, (Severe) Violence and Gore, (Moderate) Profanity, (Moderate) Alcohol Drugs and Smoking, and (Moderate) Frightening and Intense scenes.

This dramatization traces the twists and turns of O.J. Simpson’s murder trial, examining behind-the-scenes gambits on both sides of the court.
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The Assassination of Gianni Versace (Netflix-2018)
Rated TV-MA for (Moderate) Sex and Nudity, (Severe) Violence and Gore, (Severe) Profanity, (Moderate) Alcohol Drugs and Smoking, and (Severe) Frightening and Intense scenes.

Defining moments in Andrew Cunanan’s life, starting in childhood, lead up to a 1997 murder spree that kills five, including fashion icon Gianni Versace.

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Atlanta’s Missing and Murdered: The Lost Children (HBOmax-2020)
Rated TV-MA for (Mild) Sex and Nudity, (Moderate) Violence and Gore, () Profanity, () Alcohol Drugs and Smoking, and (Moderate) Frightening and Intense scenes.

Between 1979 to 1981, at least 30 African-American children and young adults disappeared or were murdered in Atlanta. Although 23-year-old Wayne Williams was prosecuted for two of the crimes, the rest of the cases were ultimately closed following his conviction in 1982.

Forty years later, with the official re-opening of the case by Atlanta Mayor Keisha Lance Bottoms, this five-part docuseries tells the inside story of the shocking tragedy, shedding new light on the horrific killings through exclusive archival footage, unseen court documents and interviews with those closest to the children and investigation.

Buzzfeed Unsolved: True Crime (Hulu/YouTube-2016)
Rated TV-MA (IMDB) and TV-14 (Hulu) for (Mild) Sex and Nudity, (Moderate) Violence and Gore, (Moderate) Profanity, (Mild) Alcohol Drugs and Smoking, and (Moderate) Frightening and Intense scenes.

Conspiracy theory enthusiast Ryan deep-dives into mysteries surrounding notorious unsolved crimes, in order to convince his dubious friend Shane that, sometimes, the evidence isn’t always as it seems.

Casey Anthony: An American Murder Mystery (Hulu-2017)
Rated TV-14

Lies, betrayal, and murder – what happened to Caylee Anthony? This three-part special looks inside one of the most controversial murder cases in American history. Explore new revelations in the case that outraged the nation.

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Cold Case Files (Hulu/Netflix-2009)
Rated TV-14 (Hulu) and TV-MA (Netflix)

The series examines each piece of forensic evidence, each witness, each possible lead, and each turn in the road that ultimately leads detectives to their killer. Cold Case Files is a pioneer in the nonfiction forensics genre.

The Confession Tapes (Netflix-2017)
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Rated TV-MA for (next to None) Sex and Nudity, (Severe) Violence and Gore, (Moderate) Profanity, (Mild) Alcohol Drugs and Smoking, and (Moderate) Frightening and Intense scenes.

This true crime documentary series investigates cases where people convicted of murder claim their confessions were coerced, involuntary or false.

Conversations with a Killer: The Ted Bundy Tapes (Netflix-2019)
Rated TV-MA for (Moderate) Sex and Nudity, (Moderate) Violence and Gore, (Mild) Profanity, (Mild) Alcohol Drugs and Smoking, and (Severe) Frightening and Intense scenes.

Present-day interviews, archival footage and audio recordings made on death row form a searing portrait of notorious serial killer Ted Bundy.

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Cropsey (Amazon Prime-2009)
Not Rated – (Mild) Sex and Nudity, (Mild) Violence and Gore, (Mild) Profanity, (Mild) Alcohol Drugs and Smoking, and (Moderate) Frightening and Intense scenes.

Realizing the urban legend of their youth has actually come true; two filmmakers delve into the mystery surrounding five missing children and the real-life boogeyman linked to their disappearances.

Deadly Women (Hulu-2013)
Rated TV-14

Deadly Women investigates the motives and M.O.’s of female murderers. Two experts sift forensic fact from fanciful fiction. Former FBI agent Candice DeLong offers insight into the psychology of female killers, while Dr. Janis Amatuzio, a forensic pathologist, provides commentary on the evidence that Deadly Women leave behind.

Dirty John (Netflix-2018)
Rated TV-MA (on Netflix) and TV-14 (USA Network-the original source) for (Mild) Sex and Nudity, (Mild) Violence and Gore, (Mild) Profanity, (Moderate) Alcohol Drugs and Smoking, and (Moderate) Frightening and Intense scenes.

When love becomes twisted, and trust turns into manipulation, anything can happen — including murder — in this true-crime anthology series.

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Don’t F*** With Cats: Hunting An Internet Killer (Netflix-2019)
Rated TV-MA for Animal Cruelty, (Moderate) Sex and Nudity, (Severe) Violence and Gore, (Moderate) Profanity, (Mild) Alcohol Drugs and Smoking, and (Severe) Frightening and Intense scenes.

A twisted criminal’s gruesome videos drive a group of amateur online sleuths to launch a risky manhunt that pulls them into a dark underworld.

Evil Genius: The True Story of the World’s Most Diabolical Bank Heist (Netflix-2018)
Rated TV-MA for (Mild) Sex and Nudity, (Moderate) Violence and Gore, (Moderate) Profanity, (Mild) Alcohol Drugs and Smoking, and (Severe) Frightening and Intense scenes.

This baffling true crime story starts with the grisly death of a pizza man who robs a bank with a bomb around his neck — and gets weirder from there.

I Love You, Now Die: The Commonwealth v. Michelle Carter (HBOmax/Hulu-2019)
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Rated TV-MA for (Mild) Sex and Nudity, (Moderate) Violence and Gore, (Severe) Profanity, (Mild) Alcohol Drugs and Smoking, and (Moderate) Frightening and Intense scenes.

This two-part documentary looks at the case of Michelle Carter, who was charged with coercing her boyfriend into suicide via text.

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The Innocent Man (Netflix-2018)
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Rated TV-MA for (None) Sex and Nudity, (Moderate) Violence and Gore, (Severe) Profanity, (Moderate) Alcohol Drugs and Smoking, and (Severe) Frightening and Intense scenes. Trigger Warning: Rape

This documentary adaptation of John Grisham’s only nonfiction book raises troubling questions about two murder cases in Ada, Oklahoma, in the 1980s.

The Jinx: The Life and Deaths of Robert Durst (HBOmax-2015)
Rated TV-14

Robert Durst, the scion of a New York real estate empire, has long been a suspect in the notorious 1982 disappearance of his wife, Kathie. Further suspicion was raised with the unsolved killing of his confidante, Susan Berman, thought to be a key witness in the investigation into Kathie’s disappearance in 2000, as well as the subsequent killing and dismemberment of a neighbor in Galveston, Texas. Durst has consistently maintained his innocence.

The Keepers (Netflix-2017
Rated TV-MA for (Moderate) Sex and Nudity, (Moderate) Violence and Gore, (Mild) Profanity, (next to None) Alcohol Drugs and Smoking, and (Moderate) Frightening and Intense scenes. – Trigger Warning: Rape & Child Abuse

This docuseries examines the decades-old murder of Sister Catherine Cesnik and its suspected link to a priest accused of abuse.

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Making A Murderer (Netflix-2015)
Rated TV-14

Filmed over 13 years, this real-life thriller follows the unprecedented story of two men accused of a grisly crime they may not have committed.

McMillions (HBOmax/Amazon Prime-2020)
Rated TV-14

A detailed account of the McDonald’s Monopoly game scam during the 1990s as told by the participants in the case, including the prizewinners and the FBI agents involved.

The Menendez Murders: Erik Tells All (Hulu-2017)
Rated TV-14

For the first time in over a decade, Erik Menendez opens up with his most in-depth interview to date in “The Menendez Murders: Erik Tells All,” a new documentary series that re-examines one of the most fascinating true crime tragedies of the past century through the lens of one of the convicted killers.

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The Most Dangerous Animal of All (Hulu-2020)
Rated TV-14

A man who is searching for the father who abandoned him believes his father is one of the most infamous serial killers in American history.

The Murder of Laci Peterson (Hulu-2017)
Rated TV-14

Laci Peterson, eight months pregnant, goes missing in Modesto, California, prompting a massive search and an intense police focus on her husband Scott.

The Staircase (Netflix-2018)
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Rated TV-MA for (Severe) Sex and Nudity, (Severe) Violence and Gore, (Severe) Profanity, (Moderate) Alcohol Drugs and Smoking, and (Severe) Frightening and Intense scenes.

Accident or murder? After the mysterious death of his wife, author Michael Peterson watches his life go under the microscope.

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Tiger King: Murder, Mayhem, And Madness (Netflix-2020)
Rated TV-MA for Animal Cruelty, (Mild) Sex and Nudity, (Moderate) Violence and Gore, (Severe) Profanity, (Moderate) Alcohol Drugs and Smoking, and (Moderate) Frightening and Intense scenes.

A zoo owner spirals out of control amid a cast of eccentric characters in this true murder-for-hire story from the underworld of big cat breeding.

The Trials of Gabriel Fernandez (Netflix-2020)
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Rated TV-MA for (Mild) Sex and Nudity, (Severe) Violence and Gore, (Severe) Profanity, (Mild) Alcohol Drugs and Smoking, and (Severe) Frightening and Intense scenes. – Trigger Warning: Child Abuse

A boy’s brutal murder and the public trials of his guardians and social workers prompt questions about the system’s protection of vulnerable children.

Unbelievable (Netflix-2019)
Rated TV-MA for (Moderate) Sex and Nudity, (Mild) Violence and Gore, (Moderate) Profanity, (Mild) Alcohol Drugs and Smoking, and (Moderate) Frightening and Intense scenes. Trigger Warning: Rape

After a young woman is accused of lying about a rape, two female detectives investigate a spate of eerily similar attacks. Inspired by true events.

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When They See Us (Netflix-2019)
Rated TV-MA for (Mild) Sex and Nudity, (Moderate) Violence and Gore, (Moderate) Profanity, (Mild) Alcohol Drugs and Smoking, and (Severe) Frightening and Intense scenes.

Five teens from Harlem become trapped in a nightmare when they’re falsely accused of a brutal attack in Central Park.

Wild Wild Country (Netflix-2018)
Rated TV-MA for (Severe) Sex and Nudity, (Moderate) Violence and Gore, (Moderate) Profanity, (Mild) Alcohol Drugs and Smoking, and (Moderate) Frightening and Intense scenes.

When a controversial cult leader builds a utopian city in the Oregon desert, conflict with the locals escalates into a national scandal.

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