Top 5 murder documentaries of 2020: Chris Watts to Aaron Hernandez, these gory stories will give you goosebumps
Real horror stories come alive in our top five pick of crime documentaries of 2020 that shook the United States of America
With the Covid-19 pandemic turning the summers blue, major streaming giants made our stay at home a little easier by releasing multiple films, shows and documentaries to fill our entertainment appetite at home. Today, we will list the top 5 crime documentaries of 2020 that shook the United States of America. Here is our top 5 list:
'American Murder: The Family Next Door' (Netflix)
'American Murder: The Family Next Door' which was released on September 30, 2020, tells the story of the Watts family murders which took place in Frederick, Colorado. On August 13, 2018, Chris Watts killed his pregnant wife Shanann Watts and their two daughters Bella and Celeste, then disposed their bodies in an industrial oil field near their suburban house. Later, it was discovered that Chris was having an affair with one of his young colleagues named Nichol Kessinger and in order to live a happy life with his mistress, Chris committed the horrendous crime.
'Murder to Mercy: The Cyntoia Brown Story' (Netflix)
'Murder to Mercy: The Cyntoia Brown Story' was released on April 29, 2020, on Netflix, reveals the story of Cyntonia Brown who was released from prison last year following the commutation of her life sentence for murdering a man. Brown, who is now 32, served 15 years in a state prison in Tennessee after killing Johnny Allen, a 43-year-old real estate agent from Nashville in 2004 when Brown was a teenager.
Brown who was working as a sex worker at that time killed Allen while they were in bed. She told police that she thought he was pulling out a gun and hence she acted in self-defense. She also said she had been forced into prostitution by a man called "Cut Throat".
'Tiger King: Murder, Mayhem and Madness' (Netflix)
'Tiger King: Murder, Mayhem and Madness' is an eight episodes long mini-docuseries which premiered on Netflix from 20 March 2020 to 12 April 2020. The series reveals the true story of a man's journey from an attention-seeking zoo owner to a convicted criminal. Joseph Maldonado-Passage, better known as "Joe Exotic", was a tiger breeder who described himself as "gay, gun-toting cowboy with a mullet".
He operated his big cat zoo in Oklahoma for several years before he was sentenced to prison earlier this year for plotting to kill Carole Baskin, who runs the Big Cat Rescue in Florida. Joe Exotic was found guilty on 21 counts in 2019, including plotting to murder Baskin and killing multiple tigers.
'Killer Inside: The Mind of Aaron Hernandez' (Netflix)
'Killer Inside: The Mind of Aaron Hernandez' was released on Netflix on January 15, 2020. The crime documentary series follows the true story of convicted murderer and former professional American football player Aaron Hernandez for killing Odin Lloyd, another football player (and his fiance's sister's boyfriend) on June 17, 2013.
In 2015, he was sent to life in prison. He was also acquitted for killing Daniel de Abreu and Safiro Furtado. But just a few days later, Hernandez died by apparent suicide in prison.
'I'll Be Gone in the Dark' (HBO)
'I'll Be Gone in the Dark' is a six-part HBO documentary television series which premiered on June 28, 2020, and concluded on August 2, 2020. The series revolves around crime writer Michelle McNamara, as she writes a book and investigates the 'Golden State Killer' who rocked California in the 70s and 80s with multiple rape and murder cases.