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Halloween Crime Time

Z. and I are obsessed with true crime documentaries. Actually, let me clarify. I am obsessed with crime documentaries and Z. watches them with me probably so he can recognize any questionable signs for when nursing school does me in and I go crazy.

Just kidding, of course. Kind of.

Also, I’ll admit it, this was not my finest graphic. Sorry, folks.

Last year for Halloween, I posted this list about my favorite classic horror moviesand maybe this one here too. But this year, I thought I would create something for those of you who are a little more in to real life horror. These, as always, are available on Netflix or Amazon.

Talhotblond. This was a giant WTF the entire time I was watching it. It is the documentary version of Catfish. When you need to indulge in your slightly trashy side, this is the film for you. Available on Netflix.

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Image from here.

Aileen. I don’t love the narrator in this film, but I think the story makes it worthwhile. The story of Aileen Wuornos is just a compelling narrative. Available on Netlix.

Little Hope Was Arson. Not a murder crime, rather it focuses on a series of arson fires that burned down ten churches in east Texas. The strength of this one is that it focuses on how Christians, law enforcement, and their families react to the crimes committed by two young men. Available on Netflix.

American Experience: the Poisoner’s Handbook. A PBS documentary that tells the story of how forensic science developed thru the story of two scientists in NYC. If you are interested in the history of crime, check this one out. Drink it with a bourbon because it is PBS. Have some class.  Available on Netflix.

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Awesome graphic is from here.

Dear Zachary: A Letter to a Son about His Father. This documentary is truly unlike any of the others on the list. Created as a loving tribute by the film-maker to his murdered friend’s young child, it follows the story of Andrew Bagby, who was murdered by his girlfriend, who then subsequently gave birth to Bagby’s child. The strength of this is how much it illuminates the human devastation following the loss of a life. Watch it, but with a glass of wine and a Kleenex. Available on Netflix.

Bonus clip:

Z. and I did NOT like the Cropsey documentary. I don’t think it really tells a good narrative or any narrative at all. But what it did do is introduce us to this short documentary clip about the state of mental health in the USA in the 1970s. True life horror forgotten by history right here. Plus, it features a super young Geraldo Rivera. Check it out here.

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