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

These true crime documentaries are stranger than fiction

The Devil Next Door (Netflix, 2009)

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The Devil Next Door relates the legal battles of John Demjanjuk, a grandfather and retired autoworker in Cleveland, who is brought to trial in Israel after he was accused of being a German-Nazi prison camp guard known as Ivan the Terrible. He was convicted in 1988 and sentenced to death, but his conviction was overturned by reasonable doubt, based in part on documents released after the Cold War that identified a different guard as Ivan the Terrible. Demjanjuk, however, was sentenced to five years in prison in 2011 after he was identified as a Nazi guard at the Sobibor extermination camp and several other camps.

Though the five-episode documentary is a bit challenging to digest because of its very comprehensive content and scope, The Devil Next Door is an empathetic and thought-provoking examination of an important case that has faded from a lot of people’s minds.

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