Sometimes I find myself rambling on about a true crime case to anyone I can get my hands on, at parties (pre-covid) I’d bore people to death with interesting murder cases and such, cases are constantly on my mind. Perhaps you’re the same?
If so, below I’ve noted my 5 top true crime documentaries, YouTubers and podcasts.
Bailey Sarian is known for her Murder, Mystery and Makeup Mondays, and rightly so. Her niche hybrid of makeup and true crime is perfect for those who are in her words ‘interested in true crime’ and ‘like makeup’. Little accents such as her quirky phrases ‘suspish’ and ‘heavy on my noggin’, as well as her theme song, give a more lighthearted feel to her videos, rather than something being very heavy. Bailey has gained a massive following on Youtube, so you can be sure to be engaged with her and the cases she covers.
Honourable mention: Giulia Tofana Killed Over 600 Men With Her Poisonous Makeup https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0IoJBV29zMg&t=2s
Eleanor Neale is a well established True Crime Youtuber, and covering mainly British cases, you might find the cases a little close to home. Boasting an amazing 1.33M subscribers on Youtube, Eleanor has certainly caught the eyes, or ears of the masses. Eleanor’s approach is simple, without fusing true crime with anything else, Eleanor’s videos are easily digestible, straight forward and not too complicated like some documentaries can be.
Honourable mention: The case of Dorothea Puentes https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=P8Kzq3qdUKI
Bad People is a relatively new podcast available on BBC sounds established in July last year that explores all facets of true crime, from women killers to the insanity plea and the psychology of terrorism. The two podcast hosts are from different backgrounds, one Sofie Hagen, a comedian and Dr Julia Shaw, a psychologist, which gives different takes and healthy debate on certain topics, such as trauma and the relation to committing crimes.
Honourable mention: Episode 3: Remembering monsters https://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/p08ndywt
Falling For a Killer
Falling for a killer is a 5 episode documentary series available on Amazon Prime about Ted Bundy, the infamously charming serial killer who was eventually sentenced to death. It is focused around the lived experience of his then Girlfriend, Elizabeth and her daughter, Molly. Many documentaries and films have been made on Ted preceding this series, however, this has perhaps what some would call a feminist narrative, which does not glorify the sociopathic killer, and instead from the perspective of Ted’s victims and the women in his personal life.
American Murder: The Family Next Door
Many people know of the story of Shanann Watts and her daughters, yet Netflix took a deep dive into the case. The documentary, which is easily watched in just under an hour and a half, tells the case accompanied by a series of interviews, video footage from police, archival messages and social media footage. The documentary succeeds in explaining the case, as well as celebrating the life of the family before the murders took place.
The above are just a few of my favourites, but the list is truly endless, with Netflix bringing out more documentaries as well as more Youtubers covering true crime, the coverage of cases has soared in previous years and you’ll be sure to find something that you’ll be interested in.