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

These true crime documentaries are stranger than fiction

The Jinx: The Life and Deaths of Robert Durst (HBO, 2015)

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Directed by Andrew Jarecki, The Jinx examines the complicated life of Robert Durst, the scion of a wealthy New York real-estate family who has been accused of three murders over four decades. The day before the sixth and final episode of the documentary aired, The Jinx gained widespread exposure when Durst was arrested on first-degree murder charges for the death of his friend Susan Berman.

The uniquely chilling premise of the docuseries, paired with Jarecki’s skillful handling of the material, makes The Jinx one of the best true crime documentaries in recent years. The Jinx even takes the true crime format to the next level with its unusually elegant narrative and slick editing, which gave the documentary an Emmy trophy for Outstanding Documentary and another one for Outstanding Picture Editing for Nonfiction Programming in 2015.

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