There's just something about true crime. In recent times, the spate of documentaries released has made for the most interesting water-cooler banter since Twin Peaks. We're continually fascinated by the crimes, the did-they-or-didn't-they, the grit and startled at how much can be revealed, sometimes decades after these crimes have been committed. That is the power of the medium of the true crime series. It does more than entertain; it seeks answers, asks questions that many wish to keep hidden.
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This year, already there will be three series that will no doubt be the subject of continued fascination. In short, you won't be able to stop watching. Here's a first glimpse of each:
This Amazon Prime docuseries investigates the headline-grabbing case of the marriage of John Wayne and Lorena Bobbitt in the early nineties. In a case that gripped the US, 24-year-old Lorena Bobbitt, 24, severed her 26-year-old husband John Wayne’s penis with a kitchen knife as he slept and was later arrested for malicious wounding.
The four-part series features a brand-new interview with Bobbitt, who accused Wayne of systemic domestic and emotional abuse, and a large part of her defence drew on the idea that she was suffering from post-traumatic stress disorder. (Wayne denied the allegations). The case highlights how this trial was one of the first in the American legal system to really call into question what constitutes marital abuse.
Lorena will premiere on Amazon Prime on February 10
Mindhunter (Season 2)
Produced by Charlize Theron and directed by David Fincher, the Mindhunter series follows Agent Ford (played by Jonathan Groff) as he and a colleague interview imprisoned psychopaths and let cops in on their findings. This is termed criminal profiling but back then - in the 1970s - the terminology didn't exist. Based on the 1997 crime classic by John Douglas - one of the first FBI profilers in the US whom the Silence of the Lambs' Agent Jack Crawford was based - the series explores beginnings of what became criminal profiling and the lengths those profilers went to understand their subjects.
The show is based on real-life serial killers such as Ed Kemper and Richard Speck and season 2 is set to be based on the Atlanta murders that occurred between 1979 and 1981 as well as the BTK killer. The first series is gripping and has been heavily researched to coincide with real-life events. This one should be even better.
Mindhunter season 2 will premiere on Netflix in 2019 (no release date yet, but it's rumoured to be around June)
Conversations With A Killer: The Ted Bundy Tapes
This four-part series investigating the life of US serial killer Ted Bundy is the latest true-crime series set to land on Netflix. Bundy was a serial killer who terrorised the US during the Seventies. He confessed to 30 murders, though detectives fear the true toll could be higher.
The series will feature previously unheard audio of interviews with Bundy while he was on death row in Florida. The new documentary will be directed by Joe Berlinger, who also directed Extremely Wicked, Shockingly Evil and Vile, a feature film about Bundy starring Zac Efron that will premiere at Sundance Film Festival in 2019.
Ted Bundy is the subject of Netflix’s next documentary series. Director @JoeBerlinger will take you inside the mind of the infamous serial killer in "Conversations With A Killer: The Ted Bundy Tapes," premiering January 24 #NetflixNewsWeek pic.twitter.com/kCGBnhZssA
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Conversations With A Killer: The Ted Bundy Tapes is set to premiere on Netflix in the US on January 24 and is expected to be available to watch here soon after