True Crime Series to Binge Right Now

I am a Killer

With the reboot of Netflix’ Unsolved Mysteries quenching the thirst of true-crime lovers around the world, six episodes (with six more to come) is just not enough.

For most fans, the series was swallowed whole and with the addition of its largely interactive premise (with previously unreleased clips uploaded to a Google Drive), super sleuths were able to assist with some of the most horrific crimes in history.

While the release of the next six episodes is not too far away, you’re probably looking for some other juicy anthologies to sink your teeth into, so, we’ve compiled a list of true-crime series to watch while you wait.

Unsolved Mysteries (The original series)

If you were a huge fan of the Netflix reboot, then you can’t go past the original Unsolved Mysteries.

The series first debuted in the United States in 1987 and documented cold cases and paranormal phenomena.

Starting with a series of seven specials, it became so popular that it became a fully-fledged series in 1988.

The flagship series featured (scary) re-enactments of unsolved crimes, missing person cases, conspiracy theories and unexplained paranormal phenomena including alien abductions, ghosts, UFOs, and “secret history” conspiracy theories.

Where to watch in Australia: Amazon Prime Video


Kim Kardashian West: The Justice Project

With 2.2 million men and women behind bars in the US, Kim Kardashian West is making it her personal mission to address the criminal reform crisis and make an impactful change.

This documentary is an inside look at Kardashian West’s efforts to secure freedom for those who she believes have been wronged by the criminal justice system. The two-hour true-crime documentary is a must-see even if you’re not a Kardashian fan.

Where to watch in Australia: Hayu

The Innocence Files

The Innocence Files tells the story of three different men, Franky Carrillo, Kennedy Brewer and Chester Hollman, all who have been convicted of crimes they did not commit.

Carillo was just 16-years-old when he was arrested (while doing homework) for a drive-by murder in California, while Brewer was sentenced to death for the abduction, assault and murder of his girlfriend’s three-year-old daughter in Mississippi. Holman, was just 21 when he was arrested for driving a rental car, similar to the getaway car used in a nearby murder in Philadelphia.

After being convicted, each man was incarcerated for decades until The Innocence Project, a New York-based non-profit founded by lawyers Barry Scheck and Peter Neufeld, worked to set them free.

Where to watch in Australia: Netflix

The Confession Tapes

The Confession Tapes is a true-crime documentary series that highlights several cases of possible false confessions leading to murder convictions.

The series investigates cases where people convicted of murder claim their confessions were coerced, involuntary or false.

Where to watch in Australia: Netflix

License to Kill

If you’ve seen Botched, then you’re already a fan of Dr Terry Dubrow.

Already in its second season, License to Kill sees Dubrow investigate jaw-dropping cases of murderous doctors and nurses, and includes interviews with family members after the loss of a loved one. Chilling stuff.

Where to watch in Australia: Hayu

Cold Case Files

Cold Case Files is another unsolved mysteries series to get the reboot treatment.

The original ran from 1991–2011 and documented the investigation of many long-unsolved murders through the use of modern forensic science and criminal psychology.

Like Unsolved Mysteries, it has helped re-open cases that were once closed, with fans sending information that hasn’t been seen before.

According to A&E, who developed both series, the show had been widely praised by law enforcement agencies, and its investigative reports are commonly used in the training of detectives.

Where to watch in Australia: Netflix, Amazon Prime Video

I am a Killer

Death row inmates convicted of capital murder give firsthand accounts of their crimes in this documentary series from Netflix.

The true-crime series has been branded “terrifying” and features never-before-seen footage with unprecedented access to prisons across the United States.

Each episode profiles a different prisoner convicted of capital murder and sentenced to death and viewers are challenged by the stories, about how a split-second decision can change the course of one’s life.

Where to watch in Australia: Netflix

In Ice Cold Blood

Grammy Award-winner and Law and Order: SVU actor Ice-T hosts this true-crime series which spotlights a shocking mystery characterised by expert detective work, unforeseen twists and incredible discoveries.

Using his distinct voice to guide viewers through shocking true stories, Ice-T delves into mysteries involving sex, money and obsession with in-depth interviews and archival footage.

Where to watch in Australia: Hayu


“This story has got everything. Revenge, drugs, greed… Ronald McDonald.”

While it’s not about murder, McMillion$, a six-part HBO documentary series from executive producer Mark Wahlberg, chronicles the incredible true story of the $USD 24 million McDonald’s Monopoly game fraud.

What started as a profitable sham among family and friends, soon expanded to include a cast of ex-cons with ties to the mafia and unsuspecting co-conspirators.

McMillion$ features interviews with key players and is a stranger-than-fiction story about the FBI agents who worked tirelessly to uncover criminal mastermind “Uncle Jerry’s” true identity (the man behind the scheme), how McDonald’s executives were duped and the underworld figures who were drawn into the money-making gamble.

Where to watch in Australia: Binge

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