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True crime documentary master list for crime all you creeps

Originally posted by tugbaheaven

I made a mini list a while ago and thought I’d compile a much bigger list of true crime media for all the crime creeps out there. I haven’t seen everything on here, but being true crime, I guarantee a lot of it is most likely not safe for work nor for the squeamish. Please use discretion. Feel free to add on if something cool was left off.

Documentaries

  • The Jeffrey Dahmer Files (2012): This goes hard and shows Dahmer’s life through the eyes of a detective, Dahmer’s neighbor, and a pathologist. Get ready for REAL interviews mixed with reenactments to relive the summer of his ‘91 arrest. Where you can watch it: Netflix, Hulu, and YouTube
  • Serial Killers: John Wayne Gacy (1999): So clowns aren’t ~really~ scary…except when the clown is a seemingly nice guy who is actually a serial murderer. A&E goes deep into Gacy’s life so you can be even more spooked by his story.Where you can watch it: YouTube
  • Dear Zachary: On Nov. 5, 2001, Dr. Andrew Bagby was murdered in a parking lot in western Pennsylvania; the prime suspect, his ex-girlfriend Dr. Shirley Turner. Where you can watch it: Netflix
  • Just Melvin, Just Evil : A classic documentary about Abuse. Where you can watch it: YouTube
  • The House Of Suh:An exploration of the tragic history of the Suh family and the murder that shocked America. Where you can watch it: Youtube
  • The Cheshire Murders: The circumstances surrounding the small-town murders of Jennifer Hawke-Petit and her two young daughters. Where you can watch it: Youtube
  • Crips and Bloods: Made in America (2008): With a first-person look at the notorious Crips and Bloods, this film examines the conditions that have lead to decades of devastating gang violence among young African Americans growing up in South Los Angeles. Where you can watch it: Netflix
  • This Is the Zodiac Speaking (2007): Released as a feature on the Zodiac (2007) DVD, this doc shows interviews with original investigators from the iconic case.Where you can watch it: YouTube
  • Cropsey: The boogeyman-like Cropsey was just a myth for the kids of Staten Island in the ’80s, until he became a living nightmare and actually started taking children. Where you can watch it: Netflix
  • H.H. Holmes: The first known american serial killer. Where you can watch it: Netflix
  • Killer Legends: a documentary investigating US urban legends. Where you can watch it: Netflix, Hulu, and Amazon
  • NOVA: Mind of a rampage killer. Where you can watch it: Netflix
  • Room 237: Interpretations and perceived meanings of Stanley Kubrick’s film The Shining. Where you can watch it: Netflix
  • The Central Park Five: In 1989, five African-American teenagers are incorrectly identified as suspects in the rape of a white woman in Central Park, quickly creating a media firestorm. Where you can watch it: Netflix
  • Tabloid (2010): he story of British tabloid sensation Joyce McKinney, a former beauty queen accused of kidnapping a Mormon and making him her slave. Where you can watch it: Netflix
  • Aileen Wuornos: a serial killing lesbian from Florida with a really messed up past. There are actually two documentaries about her on Netflix. Take your pick. Where you can watch it: Netflix
  • Ted Bundy: The Mind of a Killer (2000): He confessed to killing more than 28 women in the 1970s. This movie will pretty much make you feel like you can’t trust anyone.Where you can watch it: YouTube
  • Talhotblond: the complex consequences of virtual relationships through one specific Internet love triangle, which ends in murder and incarceration. Where you can watch it: Netflix
  • Tales of the Grim Sleeper (2014): Lonnie Franklin’s DNA matched with over 20 possible murder victims, and Tales of the Grim Sleeper features interviews with people who knew him best — making for creepy insight into one of Los Angeles’s worst murder sprees ever. Where you can watch it: HBO Go
  • Into the Abyss: examines why people kill, and whether capital punishment is ever warranted. In conversations with inmate Michael Perry and those affected by his crime, Herzog delves deep into the state of the the prison system, for an unflinching look at life, death and the value of a humanity, as impacted by a search for justice. Where you can watch it: Netflix 
  • Albert Fish: In Sin He Found Salvation (2007): Okay, so this one is highly disturbing — Albert Fish kidnapped, molested, and murdered CHILDREN, which is probably the most sadistic kind of murderer possible. Watch at your own risk.Where you can watch it: Amazon
  • Serial Killers: The Real Life Hannibal Lecters (2001): If you saw The Silence of the Lambs and thought, This is fucked up, you’ll enjoy this film, mostly because the serial killers discussed in this movie are all equally — if not more — horrifying as the fortunately fictional Hannibal Lecter.Where you can watch it: YouTube
  • Serial Killers: Jack the Ripper (The Whitechapel Murderer) (2008): This documentary interviews experts who pick apart the details of the case of Jack the Ripper, one of England’s most notorious serial killers EVER. There was SO MUCH BLOOD, YOU GUYS.Where you can watch it: YouTube
  • I Survived BTK (2010): Dennis Rader was a respected church leader and family man in his hometown who bound, tortured, and killed victims (hence his nickname, “The BTK Killer”) — all the while tormenting the police with letters describing the murders.Where you can watch it: Amazon
  • The Pig Farm (2011): Robert “Willie” Pickton was a millionaire pig farmer — and one of Canada’s most notorious serial killers. This documentary studies the crimes committed by him and his brother, and will make you question whether or not you should ever trust your neighbors or friends.Where you can watch it: iTunes
  • Carl Panzram: The Spirit of Hatred and Vengeance (2011): Panzram was a serial killer who died in 1930. This is the story of how he befriended a prison guard who suggested Panzram write about how he came to be a murderer. Shit’s fucked up, man.Where you can watch it: Netflix
  • Ed Gein: The Real Leatherface (2004): Though not ~technically~ a serial killer by definition, Gein is close enough, and his story is FUCKED UP. His “necrophiliac tendencies” have inspired horrifying characters like Leatherface in The Texas Chainsaw Massacre. Hell nah.Where you can watch it: YouTube
  • The Real Texas Chainsaw Massacre (2014): Where you can watch it: Hulu
    The Real Texas Chainsaw Massacre (2003): Where you can watch it: Netflix
  • Interview with a Serial Killer (2008): In this jailhouse interview, Arthur Shawcross, the Genesee River Killer, shares candid details of his crimes and his surprising family bonds. Where you can watch it: Netflix
  • Richard Ramirez: The Night Stalker (2004): Ramirez brutally raped and murdered over a dozen people during a two-year period, and was supposedly into Satanic worship. This documentary delves deep into his mind — and it’s obviously terrifying.Where you can watch it: YouTube
  • Gary Ridgway: The Green River Killer (2003): Gary Ridgway was convicted of 48 horrifying murders and confessed to even more — this movie shows interviews with local police and Ridgway’s family members, and it will LITERALLY CHILL YOU TO THE BONE.Where you can watch it: YouTube
  • Confessions of a Serial Killer: Jeffrey Dahmer (1994): MSNBC sat down with the man who raped, murdered, and ate 17 men from the late ’70s to the early ’90s. The scariest part? His overall calmness when discussing the reasons behind his actions.Where you can watch it: Top Documentary Films
  • 30 for 30: Benji (2012): In 1984, 17-year-old Ben Wilson was a symbol of everything promising about Chicago: a beloved, sweet-natured youngster from the city’s fabled South Side, and America’s most talented basketball prospect. Where you can watch it: Netflix
  • My Amityville Horror: About a guy who lived in the famous haunted house as a kid. Where you can watch it: itunes, amazon, (here), or just google it…
  • The Act of Killing (2013): Retired Indonesian death-squad leaders open up about genocide and their favorite ways to kill people based on what they’ve seen in American cinema: musical numbers being among their favorite to reenact — with a brutal twist. Where you can watch it: itunes, amazon, Netflix
  • ‘Paradise Lost: The Child Murders at Robin Hood’ (1996):Three troubled teenage boys were accused and tried for triple homicide back in the early 1990s. Where you can watch it: itunes, amazon
  • ‘Titicut Follies’ (1967): filmmaker Frederick Wiseman uncovers the torture chamber that was Bridgewater State Hospital, a Massachusetts institution for the criminally insane.Where you can watch it: itunes, amazon
  • Shenandoah: A documentary on the hate crime assault and subsequent death of a Latino man in Shenandoah Pennsylvania, including the alleged cover-up and shocking court verdicts. Where you can watch it: Netflix
  • The Brandon Teena Story (1998): Brandon Teena was an American trans man who was raped and murdered in Humboldt, Nebraska. His life and death were the subject of the Academy Award-winning 1999 film Boys Don’t Cry. Where you can watch it: amazon
  • West Of Memphis: The untold story behind an extraordinary and desperate fight to bring the truth to light; a fight to stop the State of Arkansas from killing an innocent man.Where you can watch it: amazon
  • The Imposter (2012): British-American documentary film about the 1997 case of the French confidence trickster Frédéric Bourdin, who impersonated Nicholas Barclay, a Texas boy who disappeared at the age of 13 in 1994, directed by Bart Layton. The film includes interviews with Bourdin and members of Barclay’s family, as well as archive television news footage and reenacted dramatic sequences. Where you can watch it: Netflix, Youtube

True Crime Series 

  • The Jinx: The Life and Deaths of Robert Durst (2015): is a 2015 HBO documentary miniseries about accused murderer Robert Durst,written by Andrew Jarecki, Marc Smerling, and Zachary Stuart-Pontier. The series was also directed by Jarecki, who had previously directed the feature film All Good Things(2010), which was inspired by Durst’s biography. Where you can watch it: HBOgo
  • Making a Murderer (2015): Filmed over a 10-year period, Making a Murderer is an unprecedented real-life thriller about Steven Avery, a DNA exoneree who, while in the midst of exposing corruption in local law enforcement, finds himself the prime suspect in a grisly new crime. Set in America’s heartland, the series takes viewers inside a high-stakes criminal case where reputation is everything and things are never as they appear. Where you can watch it: Netflix
  • Psychic Investigators (2006): Real-life detective thrillers which combine stylized dramatic reconstructions, unique archive and compelling interviews with key characters. Where you can watch it: Netflix
  • The First 48: The first 48 hours are the most crucial in homicide and kidnapping cases, which is the premise of this series. The show is great for capturing the drama of behind-the-scenes detective work because it shines a light into what detectives need to weed through in order to get on the correct trail – and unlike Hollywood dramatizations like “CSI” and “Law & Order,” real-life police work doesn’t come with a 100-percent confession rate. Where you can watch it: AETV
  • Killer Kids (2012): a terrifying and fascinating journey into the disturbing lives of children who commit acts of murder. Where you can watch it: MyLifetime.com
  • Lockup: This TV documentary series is an interesting portrayal of what life is like inside prisons, as shown from the perspective of both the inmates and the corrections officers. “Lockup” is equal parts addicting, educational and realistic. Where you can watch it: MSNBC
  • Murder Maps: This drama-doc series takes us back in time to the most shocking and surprising murder cases in history. Where you can watch it: Netflix
  • I Survived: survivors explain, in their own words, how they overcame unbelievable circumstances – offering insight into what got them through the experience that changed their lives forever. Where you can watch it: MyLifetime.com

Youtubers

Podcasts

  • Lore: the frightening history behind common folklore
  • Last Podcast on the left: covers all the horrors our world has to offer both imagined and real, from demons and slashers to cults and serial killers
  • Generation Why: Two friends, Aaron & Justin, discuss theories and share their opinions on unsolved murders
  • My Favorite Murder: Karen Kilgariff and Georgia Hardstark, two lifelong fans of true crime stories. Each episode the girls tell each other their favorite tales of murder, and hear hometown crime stories from friends and fans.
  • Seriously Strange: Youtubers Cayleigh Elise and Rob Dyke discuss true crime and strange articles in the news
  • Criminal: Stories of people who’ve done wrong, been wronged, or gotten caught somewhere in the middle.
  • Serial: The podcast everyone’s already heard of. Serial tells one story—a true story—over the course of a season.
  • Anything Ghost: listeners share real life stories about ghosts
  • Someone Knows Something: A series produced by CBC that examines unsolved cases of missing or murdered individuals.
  • Thin Air Podcast: Two English majors investigate cold cases by examining evidence and interviewing people involved with the original investigation.
  • Sword and Scale: Podcast covers the ugly underbelly of true crime. Be prepared to never sleep again…
  • Thinking Sideways: Investigating things we simply don’t have the answer to. Sometimes you have to think a little sideways to come up with a plausible solution to the mystery.

Okay,  I don’t usually wade in on these things, as you guys know, but I keep seeing these statements about how racist and homophobic Southerners are. 

I am a proud Southern woman, born and raised at the foot of the Great Smoky Mountains. Both sides of my family are First Tennesseans; they were there before 1796 when Tennessee became a state. My mom’s family is Scots Irish, as country as you can get. My dad’s family are farmers from way back. Neither of them owned slaves – they weren’t wealthy enough – and both of them lived very simple lives. While my dad’s family pushed education for their children,  my mom’s grandfather sold the family land to the national park commission and blew all the money leaving my mom’s dad and mother to become tenant farmers, working someone else’s land for very little money. 

We covered both sides in the civil war with cousins who fought for the North and others who fought for the South. Ever heard of Cold Mountain, the book and movie? That’s written about one of my Frasier relatives; it’s highly romanticized. In reality, he walked off the battlefield because he didn’t have a dog in that fight (a great Southern saying that means he didn’t care about either side), took a horse, and rode home. None of them went to war to defend slavery; they went because they were forced to or because the war came to their towns and they wanted to protect their families. 

Look, I know that there are racist people in the South. There are racist people in the North – I lived in the Detroit area for a few years. Trust me, they might not have a Confederate flag on their bumper, but there are people there who are just as likely to believe the same things the Charleston shooter did. 

Not all Southerners are homophobic. In fact, the worst homophobia I’ve run into is here in Pennsylvania where one of my daughter’s friends was kicked out by his parents because he was dating a boy. I’ve heard people say things around here that make my toes curl. Meanwhile, my older sister, upon hearing the news of the court’s decision, started our conversation with “I just don’t understand it. When did everything change? Why do kids today accept it?” We talked about how my girls think our generation are the old farts who don’t understand. 

To make a long story short (Too late!), please don’t tar and feather all Southerners with the same brush. Yes, the Civil War is part of our culture and we know the South lost. 99.9% of glad the South lost. But that doesn’t mean I don’t love my culture of sweet tea, mac & cheese, and cornbread. Having been in Charleston the week after the shooting, I am so proud of the way Southerners responded with love and understanding. I love my country roots and embrace all that goes with it, including the dark parts of our history. I also support gay marriage and equality for women and civil rights. 

It’s not an either/or proposition. I can be Southern and anti-racist at the same time.

ok this might sound a lil creepy lmao
but imma go for it idc
when I was like 11 I noticed that Taylor parted her hair to the left so I started parting my hair to the left and this sounds totally mean girls right now but it is completely true and my hair is now permanently parted to the left 8 years later and if that isn’t a true fan idk what is
also yes I’m aware of the creep factor in this situation but I can’t change the decisions 11 yr old me made

I WAS 11 OK

as a sociology student who spent some time studying queer theory, the prevalent criticism of radical feminism on tumblr is absolutely astonishing. not only is it factually incorrect, but seeing violent trans activists use gendered slurs and threats is downright scary. let me just start by saying that i am undecided about radical feminism and that i believe transgender and genderfluid people belong in intersectional feminism.

1) radical feminism was founded by judith butler and is the belief that ‘gender’ are socially constructed boxes that have very little, if anything, to do with reality. gender gets its legitimacy from the physical sex – if you look at conservative dialogue, they’ll use physical differences of the sexes to explain social differences (gender roles). however, the genders, according to radfems, are fictional. having a vagina has nothing to do with what career you choose, what colors you prefer, your sexual preferences, your eagerness to marry or how good you are at math or driving – it feels ridiculous to even type out that sentence, and yet that’s what patriarchy has had us believe for centuries. 

radical feminism also draws on michel foucault’s method of historical comparisons, which proves just how fluid gender roles are – from the fact that high heels were considered masculine during the renaissance to how stay-at-home moms only began to be normalized during the 1800s during the industrialization (before that, work was equally distributed on family farms). 

so, gender is a social construct, and not just that, it’s a social construct that makes zero sense and serves no purpose in the modern world but to oppress certain parts of the population. employers can take advantage of low-wage workers (women) and men can take advantage of free labour in the home (cleaning, cooking, child-rearing). there are also other consequences, which tumblr will already have educated you about.

furthermore, womanhood in radical feminism is a cumulative experience. it’s the experience of being dressed in pink since infancy, the experience of having people speak to you differently, look at you differently and define you differently than men from an early age. it’s a well-documented phenomenon that people of all ages, but children in particular, rise or fall to the expectations of people around you. this is what ‘socially constructed’ means – gender is not an inner identity that you are born with. it’s not real. gender is not something you are, it’s something you act, and you act according to people’s expectations. 

2) the reason why radfems do not whole-heartedly accept trans women as women (although all radical feminists i know of support transgender people and want them to be safe) is that they do not accept gender as an identity. the gender binary is a patriarchal method of oppression and cannot exist outside of patriarchy. 

when trans men and women define their gender, they do so using sexist expectations for the gender, such as personality traits (strong vs. weak or frail; dominant vs. submissive; cold vs. empathic; etc) and physical traits (manipulating your voice and physique to appear more masculine/feminine, trans women wearing makeup/heals/dresses in order to ‘pass’). this reinforces the oppression that women face, even if transgender people end up facing this oppression as well. 

as i mentioned, gender is also a cumulative experience. trans women’s identities as women can be considered valid while still bringing to question the way that person has been raised and how this might have affected them. if you have been socialized into masculinity or femininity from birth (and even before that), that is something that will stay subconsciously or consciously part of your personality. 

the last reason is that radical feminists seek to abolish gender as a whole because it works to oppress parts of the human population. this is why gender non-conformative orientations are widely accepted in radical feminism. 

all of this doesn’t mean that radfems hate transgender people or seek to exclude them from feminism. it doesn’t mean that radfems want to exclude trans women (or men) from safe spaces. it just means that radical feminists, because they define gender differently, and because their definition requires us to abolish gender as a whole in order to have an equal society, cannot accept transgender without some reservations. 

A confession that has nothing to do with fitblr...

The bratty girl. You know the one. The one that irritates the hell out of the other adults. The one that whines and pouts. The one that is immature and seemingly incapable of taking responsibility for herself, despite the fact that she is, in terms of age, well into adulthood. The bubbly one. The one that curls her hair in tight bouncy ringlets, because it’s cute. The one that sometimes fucks up her makeup by wearing what is clear to everyone else to be too much. The one the other girls roll their eyes at and, at best, shun. The one the other girls hate, because they so easily see her tactics to get attention.

Yes, that girl is frustrating. Most of the time that girl irritates the hell out of me too. However, there is a part of me that understands her. A part that knows why she has that childish affect. Part of me knows what happened to her to cause her to be that way. I may not know the specific details of the trauma she suffered and sometimes I’m not able to assess the severity of it, but I know it’s there. That part of me, the one that understands, wants to take her under my wing. That part wants to offer her the guidance and structure she wants, but won’t ask for. That part of me wants, if she so chooses, to walk her through why she became this way, supported and comforted. That part of me wants to help her become aware, to know that she isn’t broken, just different, and that she can choose little by little and day by day what she wants to be, even if she chooses not to be any different than what she already is.

Sometimes that part of me cries out to her, even though I can’t say a word. Often I meet girls like this in the course of my job, making it inappropriate to engage them on a personal level, even if there is no sex involved. And there is the nagging analytical part of me that cautions me to understand that this is also a potential path to codependance. I’ve been there before and I know first-hand how unhealthy that can be. But there is still that part, the part that wants to take her in, and sometimes it is very hard to ignore.

P.S. This isn’t about any one girl in particular. It’s about many I’ve met over the years.

There’s this kid in my English class, for privacy reasons lets just call him Derrick Collier, and he has to be the least understanding human being I have ever met. Whenever we talk about something heavy or important he tries really hard but almost always is offensive and always misses the point. Let’s just say he’s the type of person who brings in Hitler and the holocaust to try and sound intellectual because he thinks it’s some grand example for the basis of all human attitude and yeah. every time he talks. ugh

Forty Six & Two

I’ve done pretty well to have a positive change in my perception of myself and my life as a whole. I used to be a very angry, very depressed person. Contemplated suicide more than once. For nearly a year now though (and I slowly started changing prior) I’ve had a new lease on life. After spending a year dying I realized I had a lot to live for, to be thankful for.

I’ve got a lot of friends, nearly a dozen of them I’d consider fairly close and can say I love and care about deeply. I’ve got a mom that cares about me and always tries to help me, even if she gets belligerent and unreasonable sometimes. I have my dog Kira whom I may love more than anyone else, as bad as that may sound (Sorry guys). I’m still very young, just turned 20. Live at home still so I live with all my basic needs met for free, rarely needing to worry about that security changing. I’m smart, I look a hell of a lot better than I did 60 pounds ago, I’m funny, and I’m trying to work towards self-improvement via reading, writing, learning guitar, and working out. Now I’ve started dating one of my close friends and I’ve been happier this past year than I’ve probably been in the last 12 years or so.


But it’s hard to keep up happiness all the time, impossible really. Something’s always gonna come along to tweak your thinking in a negative way. Some are uncontrollable, others aren’t.


I live a nice life, a mostly comfortable life. I get high, stay safe, see friends on a near-daily basis, things are pretty swell overall.

But there’s been a nagging voice in my head lately. The years of self-hate are looking more familiar. I’m picking at my insecurities and paranoia. As a result, it’s getting harder to see myself as anything other than a slightly overweight, scared, sad, lazy, apathetic asshole who’s 20 years old without a job or diploma and probably should have let himself die when he had the chance.

The worst part is thinking someone I care about will see me the way I see me, or see the weaker side of me (the side that writes shit like that), and decide they don’t want me in their life anymore.

I hope I’m not the only fanfic writer who will go back to their own fics and just roll around in them for awhile because hey I wrote exactly what I wanted to read so now I'ma go read it. Again. Five years later.

Feels so good.