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

These true crime documentaries are stranger than fiction

I’ll Be Gone in the Dark (HBO, 2020)

30 of the best true crime documentaries to unleash your inner detective 1

Based on Michelle McNamara’s book of the same name, I’ll Be Gone in the Dark centers on McNamara as she delves into the world of online chat rooms and crime blogs to investigate and catch the Golden State Killer who terrorized California in the 1970s and 1980s.

The six-episode documentary tells several parallel stories that are grippingly interwoven but fascinating on their own. While the miniseries gives the killer and his victims equal time, the entire docuseries basically serves as a touching tribute to McNamara and her inspiring refusal to give up on the forgotten victims.

Four years after McNamara’s death, the Golden State Killer ― who was later identified as Joseph James DeAngelo ― was sentenced to life imprisonment without the possibility of parole after pleading guilty to multiple counts of murder and kidnapping, and admitting to numerous crimes with which he had not been formally charged, including rapes.