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

These true crime documentaries are stranger than fiction

Heaven Gates: The Cult of Cults (HBO Max, 2020)

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Heaven Gates: The Cult of Cults is a four-episode miniseries that examines the infamous UFO cult Heaven Gates and its leader Marshall Applewhite through the eyes of its former members and their loved ones. Directed by Clay Tweel, the documentary starts in 1975 with the disappearance of 20 people from a small town in Oregon and ended in 1997 with the largest suicide on U.S. soil that changed the face of modern new age religion forever.

While the documentary features kooky UFO-centric beliefs, the human aspect of the miniseries remains intact all throughout. And though the first episodes may not be too fascinating to completely immerse the audience, it’s worth sticking out for the finale, which is described by several viewers as sickening as it is oddly poignant.