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The best true crime shows to watch right now

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Picture: Pexels

Only for the brave.

According to experts, there are many reasons why people have become completely obsessed with the true crime genre over the past few years. These include the adrenaline rush we get from feeling afraid in a controlled environment, exploring the dark side of humanity and even getting the chance to play armchair detective and solve mysteries.

Whether you’re looking for a Halloween worthy scare or you’re just one of those people who enjoy binging on content documenting the world's most nefarious activities, this list is for you.

Check out our list of the best true crime shows to watch from South Africa, and abroad below.

We Steal Secrets: The Story Of WikiLeaks - Showmax

This is the story behind the controversial Australian hacker Julian Assange, who founded the whistleblowing site Wikileaks in 2006. The documentary reveals how the phenomenon of WikiLeaks came about and follows the devastating consequences it had for whistleblowers and the authorities whose secrets became public knowledge.

Crimes Uncovered SA - DStv

The 13-part docu-drama crime series takes you on a journey through the most shocking crimes that take place in South Africa. The victims and their families share their traumatic experiences and in some cases prosecution of the perpetrators has taken place.

Devilsdorp - Showmax

This South African four-part true crime docu-series takes us through and analyses the 11 killings in Krugersdorp, West Rand by the group Electus per Deus between 2012 to 2016, dubbed the Appointment Murders and the Satanic Murders.

Sons of Sam: A Descent Into Darkness - Netflix

In this docu-series, author Maury Terry becomes convinced that a serial killer, David Berkowitz, did not act alone and tries to prove that the web of darkness behind the Son of Sam murders goes deeper than anyone imagined.

Operation Varsity Blues: The College Admissions Scandal - Netflix

This is a must see. Using real conversations recreated from FBI wiretaps, the filmmaker behind Fyre brings exposes the real-life swindler, Rick Singer, a college recruiting counselor who helped wealthy parents like Lori Loughlin and Felicity Huffman con their kids' way into elite schools.

How to Steal A Country - Showmax

This South African documentary is spine chilling in a different way but worth a watch. The story follows the Gupta family’s spectacular rise from flea market shoe salesmen to establishing a massive black owned business empire in South Africa. It runs as a suspenseful detective story uncovering one huge bribery scandal after another, involving the top echelons of political power and several well-known multinational corporations.

Amanda Knox - Netflix

The complete story of the trial, conviction and acquittal of Amanda Knox for the murder of an exchange student in Italy. Knox spent almost four years in an Italian prison following her conviction for the 2007 murder of Meredith Kercher, a fellow exchange student who shared her apartment in Perugia.

Jeffrey Epstein: Filthy Rich - Netflix

This documentary features stories from survivors and the examination of how convicted sex offender Jeffrey Epstein used his wealth and power to carry out his abuse for years.

I am a killer - Netflix

Featuring never before seen footage with unprecedented access to prisons across America, this crime documentary series gives an in-depth insight into the stories of prisoners who are awaiting their fate on death row. Recounting the events that led up to their crime, the killers reveal their motivations and how they now view their actions, after time spent on death row.

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