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

These true crime documentaries are stranger than fiction

Wormwood (Netflix, 2017)

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Directed by Errol Morris, Wormwood focuses on the events leading up to and following the controversial death of Army scientist Frank Olson in 1953. The U.S. government originally claimed that his death was a tragic accident, but over 20 years later, a bombshell report linked his passing to a top-secret experiment. The six-episode docuseries also features Frank’s son, Eric, who discusses his belief that his father may have been murdered due to being perceived as a potential security risk. Interspersed between interviews and archival footage are live-action reenactments of the final days of Frank’s life and the various theories involving his death.

While the mystery surrounding Frank’s death is already intriguing in itself, Morris’ distinct storytelling style keeps viewers engaged throughout the documentary’s entire run.