By now you're probably not only aware of the fervour surrounding Netflix's excellent 10 part series Making A Murderer but have more than likely sat through the entire thing, shouting at the (allegedly) corrupt cops, gasping at the courtroom twists and turns and wondering what exactly happened to Teresa Halbach.
For those craving more real-world murder and mystery, we've compiled the five essential documentaries in the true crime catalogue.
1 | Thin Blue Line
Released in 1988, this murky tale of a hitchhiker, a murder; perjury and questionable police intervention was one of the first examples of true crime TV, but is still a tense and gripping watch to this day. Who is Randall Dale Adams? And did he do it?
Available on Netflix
2 | Into The Abyss
Esteemed director and documentary maker Werner Herzog's Into The Abyss veers away from the 'whodunnit' style, instead focusing on the divisive nature of capital punishment and America's role in playing god.
Split into six chapters, the documentary follows the deathrow trial of two Texas teenagers, whose guilt is unquestioned. But can one be more guilty than the other?
Available on YouTube
3 | The Jinx
Thanks to the success of Making A Murderer, HBO's equally impressive documentary series is finding another wave of viewers drawn to the compelling story of Robert Durst, a propery heir accused of several murders spanning decades and who had previously refused to speak to journalists.
After several years and more than 20 hours alone with Durst, filmmaker Andrew Jarecki weaves together a tense narrative around this immensely complex character.
Available on Amazon Instant Video
4 | Dear Zachary
A blend of crime documentary and tearjerker, 2008's Dear Zachary follows the murder of 28-year-old Andrew Bagby, who was shot by his pregnant ex-girlfriend.
Andrew's parents set out to find justice and gain custody of Andrew's unborn child, Zachary. The documentary is a culmination of his parents' efforts as well as a reflection of Andrew's life, so his son can know the man he was.
Tough to watch at times, but a poignant tribiute to an ordinary life.
Available on YouTube
5 | The Imposter
So improbable that if it wasn't a documentary, you'd scarcely believe the plot: The Imposter centres on Frederic Bourdin, a con artist who seemingly tricked a Texas family into believing he was a relative who disappeared years earlier.
Stacked with revelations, there hasn't been a more gripping crime documentary in recent memory.