15 New True Crime Documentaries Generating Buzz

Nicole Pomarico | Nov 13, 2019 Crime
15 New True Crime Documentaries Generating Buzz
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John Demjanjuk in The Devil Next Door (2019)
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Recently, an interest in true crime has seen a major resurgence, especially when it comes to TV series and documentaries that explore some of the most fascinating cases. It's easy to see why -- although these docs usually cover some pretty dark stuff, it's also interesting to see how the investigations come together, especially with all the behind-the-scenes content that these kinds of shows and series lend themselves to. And lately, there have been all kinds of additions to the genre that are definitely worth a watch.

Although the first part of 2019 was all about everything and anything that had to do with Ted Bundy, these documentaries are about so much more than that. Some of them follow disappearances that have never been solved, as well as murders that changed the cultural landscape. And one series even focuses on the killers themselves as they're awaiting the death penalty in prison. There's definitely something for everyone's interest here, and there's a good chance that these documentaries will be brand new to even the most seasoned true crime fans out there.

Here are some upcoming and recently released true crime documentaries that any fan isn't going to want to miss. Whether we've heard of these cases before or are brand new to them as we watch the documentaries for the first time, we're always finding out new details about these crimes that remind us why this is such an interesting genre in the first place. 

But just to be safe -- might wanna watch these with the lights on. Just in case! 

  • 'Ted Bundy: Falling for a Killer'

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    Ted Bundy's image on a television screen
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    For the first time ever, serial killer Ted Bundy's former longtime girlfriend, Elizabeth Kendall, is going to break her silence about Ted and their relationship in a new docuseries. Ted Bundy: Falling for a Killer is slated to hit Amazon Prime in 2020, so we'll have to wait to see how it call comes together.

    (Something tells us it's going to be creepy.)

  • 'I Love You, Now Die'

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    I Love You, Now Die
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    Michelle Carter made headlines when she seemingly encouraged her boyfriend, Conrad Roy, to commit suicide in a text message. Earlier this year, the documentary about the case, I Love You, Now Die, premiered on HBO, and people are still talking about it now. It's available for streaming on HBO Go and HBO Now -- and it may make viewers look at the case in a totally different way. 

  • 'The Devil Next Door'

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    The Devil Next Door
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    After hitting Netflix on November 4, The Devil Next Door is about John Demjanjuk, a man accused of being a Nazi war criminal. Although he died in 2012, Demjanjuk claimed he was actually a prisoner at a labor camp who was forced to work as a guard, and did not take that role by choice. This documentary attempts to settle what his real story was, once and for all. 

  • 'The Disappearance of Susan Cox Powell'

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    Although this documentary originally premiered on Oxygen, it's now coming to Sky Crime, and it's a doozy. The Disappearance of Susan Cox Powell follows the supposed murder of Susan Cox Powell, a woman who disappeared one day under very suspicious circumstances. Her husband's alibi is more than suspicious, and so is the history of his family -- and the whole thing ends in a way that we definitely didn't see coming. 

  • 'Who Killed Garrett Phillips?'

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    Who Killed Garrett Phillips?
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    Also coming to Sky Crime, Who Killed Garrett Phillips? is a two-part documentary focusing on the murder of a 12-year-old in upstate New York in 2011. It tackles both racial bias and the five-year journey to find Garrett's killer. It's definitely an intense one. 

  • 'The Disappearance of the Millbrook Twins'

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    Premiering on November 23 on Oxygen, The Disappearance of The Millbrook Twins is about 15-year-old African American twins named Jeannette and Dannette who vanished seemingly out of nowhere from their home in Georgia. The case has never been solved since it happened almost 30 years ago. Now, detective Page Reynolds want to finally find a way to solve this case.

  • 'Cold Blooded: The Clutter Family Murders'

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    Premiering on November 18 on Sundance, The Clutter Family Murders might seem a little familiar to anyone who's read In Cold Blood by Truman Capote. The two-part documentary "focuses on the brutal murder of the Clutter family in a small Kansas town in 1959, the resulting investigation, convictions and executions of Perry Smith and Richard Hickock" -- the same case from the book.

     Should be fascinating! 

  • 'Murder In the Bayou'

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    Murder in the Bayou premiered on Showtime in September and follows the murders of eight women who were killed in Louisiana over a four-year time span. It was originally thought to be the work of a serial killer, but is that all there is to this case? The five-part documentary explores what else might have happened. 

  • 'Leavenworth'

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    In this Starz docuseries, Leavenworth is about Clint Lorance, a former member of the military who is serving a 19-year sentence for murder. But not everyone's convinced that he's actually guilty, and this series explores why. The circumstances around what happened to Lorance in Afghanistan are so confusing, and fortunately, this should help clear it up.

  • 'The Preppy Murder'

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    In October, the five-part series The Preppy Murder: Death In Central Park premiered on AMC, following the 1986 murder of Jennifer Levin. It examines victim-blaming and sexism that can run rampant in cases like this one -- especially when the New York private school crowd gets involved. Jennifer's story is heartbreaking, but it's important to talk about.

  • 'Behind Closed Doors'

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    lighted candles around a picture of slain classmate Aarushi Talwar during a rally in New Delhi
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    Behind Closed Doors is an HBO documentary about "the double murder of a 13-year-old girl, Aarushi Talwar, and her family’s servant, Hemraj Banjade, in their home in Noida, India." It wasn't clear who was responsible at first, and it actually ended up contributing to class warfare. Will this crime go unsolved, or will the documentary manage to finally piece together the clues years later?

  • 'No One Saw a Thing'

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    The Sundance series No One Saw a Thing is about what happened after the murder of Ken Rex McElroy. Despite the fact that he was shot in front of 60 witnesses, no one was willing to actually confirm that they saw it happen. 

    Definitely interesting! 

  • 'Beyond the Headlines: The College Admissions Scandal'

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    Feeling a little confused by the college admissions scandal going on? Not only does this edition of Beyond The Headlines on Lifetime clear it all up, but it also takes a deep dive into the lawsuit that several celebrities have found themselves involved in this year. Watch out, Aunt Becky.

  • 'Cold Case Files'

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    Love unsolved cases? This docuseries is for you. Streaming on Netflix, Cold Case Files is all about investigating cases and finding answers that no one's been able to find before -- including more recent breakthroughs that have been made.

  • 'Murdered by My Husband: The Hollie Kerrell Story'

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    Coming soon to the Crime + Investigation channel is a new true crime documentary following the chilling details of the death of Hollie Kerrell. Titled Murdered by My Husband: The Hollie Kerrell Story, viewers will get a look into the real-life crime. (Her husband, Chris Kerrell, killed her in their home while their children were there.) The upcoming is set to air on Crime + Investigation on Monday, November 25 at 9 p.m. 

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