30 of the best true crime documentaries to unleash your inner detective

These true crime documentaries are stranger than fiction

Murder Among the Mormons (Netflix, 2021)

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Directed by Jared Hess and Tyler Measom, Murder Among the Mormons centers on Mark Hofmann, one of the most accomplished forgers in history, who created forgeries related to the Latter Day Saint movement. Hofmann also created explosive devices that resulted in the deaths of two people.

Though Hofmann’s story is disturbing, Murder Among the Mormons has a surprisingly warm tone that makes it stand out from the usual grisly true crime fare. The three-episode docuseries is actually funny in some places, but the emotional impact of Hofmann’s crimes on his victims resonates throughout the series. The documentary’s quick pace of revealing Hofmann’s motivations and methods, as well as the details of his deception makes it more addictive and entertaining to watch.