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Best Documentary-Crime Series: 2021.

Updated: Feb 6, 2022

For our true crime fanatics, here are 18 disturbing documentary-crime tv mini series must watch list of 2021 as we recap the year in full.

1. 'Wilderness of Error' | Netflix

Documentary - Crime

"Examines the evidence in the case against MacDonald, who was convicted in 1979 of murdering his pregnant wife and two daughters. A Green Beret physician, MacDonald claimed that the murders were committed by drug-crazed hippies." #IMDB

2. 'The Sons of Sam' | Netflix

Documentary - Crime - History

"The Son of Sam case grew into a lifelong obsession for journalist Maury Terry, who became convinced that the murders were linked to a satanic cult." #IMDB

3. 'What Happened, Brittany Murphy?' | HBO Max

Documentary - Biography - Crime

"Presents an in-depth, intimate character portrait exploring the life and career and mysterious circumstances surrounding the tragic death of 90's actress and rising star, Brittany Murphy." #IMDB

6. 'Shiny Flakes: The Teenage Drug Lord' | Netflix

Documentary - Biography - Crime

"Max S. reveals how he built a drug empire from his childhood bedroom in this story that inspired the series "How to Sell Drugs Online (Fast)." #IMDB

7. Sophie: A Murder in West Cork | Netflix

Documentary - Crime - History

"The documentary follows the investigation of Sophie Toscan Du Plantier, a French film and TV producer who was killed while at her isolated holiday cottage in West Cork, Ireland, in 1996." #IMDB

8. '137 Shots' | Netflix

Documentary - Crime

"In this documentary, law enforcement faces scrutiny as Americans demand justice after police violence claims multiple Black lives in Cleveland." #IMDB

9. 'The Phantom' | Netflix

The Phantom | Docu-crime series 2021 | MobCity Official


"Carlos DeLuna was arrested in 1983 aged 21 for the murder of Wanda Lopez, and protested his innocence until his execution, declaring that it was another Carlos who committed the crime." #IMDB

10. Memories of a Murderer: The Nilsen Tapes | Netflix

Documentary - Biography - Crime

"Serial killer Dennis Nilsen narrates his life and horrific crimes via a series of chilling audiotapes recorded from his jail cell." #IMDB

11. 'Crime Scene: The Times Square Killer' | Netflix

Documentary - Crime - History

"In 1970s NYC, the "Torso Killer" preys on women to fulfill his grotesque fantasies while eluding police. A docuseries dive into crime's darkest places." #IMDB

12. ' Murder Among the Mormons' | Netflix

Documentary - Crime - History

"High-stakes exploits turn deadly - and shake a global church to its core - in the extraordinary true crime story." #IMDB

14. 'Operation Varsity Blues' | Netflix

Documentary - Crime - Drama

"Reenactments drive this documentary investigating the mastermind behind a scam to sneak the kids of rich and famous families into top US universities." #IMDB