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The True Crime Boom: What’s Hot in 2023?

The True Crime genre boom continues.

  • What kinds of stories do the streamers prefer?
  • Who gets the greenlights?
  • Does your project fit the market?

With seventeen projects from Hulu, Netflix, Max, Showtime, Peacock and ID, we continue Camran Shealy‘s survey of the genre.

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Gunther’s Millions

 

The Crime

A dog with a trust fund isn’t the strangest part of this story. Gunther’s eccentric handler also lived a luxe life with a cult-like entourage.

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  • Netflix

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Murdaugh Murders: A Southern Scandal

 

The Crime

In South Carolina’s Lowcountry, the Murdaugh family dynasty began to crumble after a series of events over the course of six years caused the deaths of five people — Mallory Beach (a friend of Alex’s youngest son), Stephen Smith (a friend of Alex’s oldest son), Gloria Satterfield (Alex’s housekeeper), Paul Murdaugh (Alex’s youngest son), Maggie Murdaugh (Alex’s wife) — and the alleged attempted murder of Alex himself. And a lot of the evidence points to one man’s suspected involvement in either the deaths or the attempts to cover them up. – Netflix

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  • Netflix

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Mumbai Mafia: Police vs the Underworld

 

The Crime

In 1990s Mumbai, a crime boss and his network wield unchecked power over the city – until the rise of ‘encounter cops’ who brazenly kill their targets. – IMDb

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  • Netflix

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Stolen Youth: Inside the Cult at Sarah Lawrence

 

The Crime

A group of bright Sarah Lawrence College students fall under the dark influence of a friend’s father, Larry Ray. With unprecedented access to the survivors who lived with Ray, the film follows the cult from its origins through its still-unfolding aftermath.

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  • Hulu

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How I Caught My Killer

 

The Crime

The real-life stories behind unique homicide cases with in-depth interviews, authentic archival material and cinematic recreations all packaged together into a fresh spin in the genre.

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  • Hulu

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Murder in Big Horn

 

The Crime

The deaths of a group of Native American women in rural Montana are the focus as Native families, journalists, and local law enforcement reveal a violent crisis set in motion almost 200 years ago.

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  • Showtime

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Killing County

 

The Crime

In a big city with the soul of a small town in the depths of California, after a terrible shooting in a hotel makes the Ramirez family question everything they know about their city: Bakersfield.

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  • ABC News

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Victim/Suspect

 

The Crime

Young women tell the police they’ve been sexually assaulted, but instead of finding justice, they’re charged with the crime of making a false report, arrested, and even imprisoned by the system they believed would protect them.

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  • Netflix

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Take Care of Maya

 

The Crime

As a medical team tries to understand 10-year-old Maya Kowalski’s rare illness, they begin to question her parents. Suddenly, Maya is in state custody – despite a family desperate to bring their daughter home.

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  • Netflix

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Missing: Dead or Alive?

 

The Crime

Follow officers from a South Carolina sheriff’s department as they urgently search for individuals who’ve disappeared under troubling circumstances.

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  • Netflix

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The Playing Card Killer

 

The Crime

A playing card left at a murder scene connects a string of killings by a notorious serial killer who terrorized Spain in 2003.

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  • Netflix

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I Am a Stalker

 

The Crime

Convicted stalkers tell the program, in their own chilling words, how love turned into a deadly obsession in face-first, captivating in-depth interviews.

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  • Netflix

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Who Killed Robert Wone?

 

The Crime

In this riveting Clue-like murder mystery, investigators and true-crime sleuths attempt to unravel the truth behind the chilling, baffling and stranger-than-fiction death of Robert Wone.

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  • Peacock

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MH370: The Plane That Disappeared

 

The Crime

March 8th, 2014, Malaysia Airlines Flight 370 disappeared from radar. When the 239 people on board went missing, a global investigation into the greatest mystery of the modern age ensued. Despite official reports, countless theories, and tireless searches for evidence, one central question remained – What Are We Missing?

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  • Netflix

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Last Call: When a Serial Killer Stalked Queer New York

 

The Crime

As the AIDS crisis intensifies in the early 1990s, homophobia and hate crimes increase, and a serial killer preys on gay men in New York City by infiltrating the queer nightlife to identify his victims.

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  • Max

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How to Create a Sex Scandal

 

The Crime

A peaceful town in Mineola, Texas which is rocked in 2005 when neighborhood kids came forward with alarming information about a pedophile sex ring that operated out of a swingers club.

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  • Max

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The Curious Case of Natalia Grace

 

The Crime

Explores the mystery of a 6-year-old Ukranian orphan with a rare bone growth disorder, who actually turned out to be a full-grown adult.

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  • ID

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Thanks to Documentary Business editorial associates Camran Shealy and Caitlin Cooper.