Category Archives: True Crime Documentary

The True Crime Documentaries You Need To See This Year At Sydney Film Festival

True crime stories are taking over. Seemingly every other week a new one pops up on our streaming services, phones or kindles. And if that weren’t enough, we’re currently living through the sort of true crime story that will be fodder for storytellers for centuries to come (yes, I mean Donald Trump).

But while it’s all very easy to binge six episodes of Wild Wild Country while scrolling through Instagram or rewatch The Staircase from your sunken rut on the couch, there is something to be said about watching the evils, horrors and redemptions of these narratives unfold surrounded by a crowd of onlookers equally as aghast as you.

Luckily, the upcoming Sydney Film Festival has several titles for the morbidly-inclined to choose from. Here are five of the best.


Truman Capote’s 1966 non-fiction novel In Cold Blood is one of the most important books of the 20th century for its detailing of the Clutter family

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‘Evil Genius’ Is a True Crime Show About the Strangest Bank … – GQ

Netflix’s new four-part documentary is a perfect binge for the long weekend.

True crime is everywhere these days. From podcasts like Serial to documentary series like The Jinx and Wild Wild Country to, well, the daily news, criminal cases are one of America’s favorite cultural obsessions. It might be because streaming TV shows and podcasts provide the space to dive deeply into criminal cases, or it might be because social media makes everyone want to join in debates. Maybe it’s because American politics seems to be one big series of criminal conspiracies. Whatever the reason, Netflix has a new documentary series looking to capture the cultural conversation called Evil Genius: The True Story of America’s Most Diabolical Bank Heist. And it investigates one of the most insane bank robberies of all time.

In 2003 in Erie, Pennsylvania, a pizza delivery driver named Brian Wells walked

Read more at: https://www.gq.com/story/evil-genius-netflix

Evil Genius Is a True Crime Show About the Strangest Bank Robbery Ever

Netflix’s new four-part documentary is a perfect binge for the long weekend.

True crime is everywhere these days. From podcasts like Serial to documentary series like The Jinx and Wild Wild Country to, well, the daily news, criminal cases are one of America’s favorite cultural obsessions. It might be because streaming TV shows and podcasts provide the space to dive deeply into criminal cases, or it might be because social media makes everyone want to join in debates. Maybe it’s because American politics seems to be one big series of criminal conspiracies. Whatever the reason, Netflix has a new documentary series looking to capture the cultural conversation called Evil Genius: The True Story of America’s Most Diabolical Bank Heist. And it investigates one of the most insane bank robberies of all time.

In 2003 in Erie, Pennsylvania, a pizza delivery driver named Brian Wells walked

Read more at: https://www.gq.com/story/evil-genius-netflix

‘The Staircase’ on Netflix Could Be Your Next True Crime Binge …

In December 2001 novelist and newspaper columnist Michael Peterson discovered his wife, executive Kathleen Peterson, dead at the bottom of a staircase. Did he push her down the stairs? Was her death the result of some bizarre encounter with an owl trapped in the house?

The mysteries surrounding how Kathleen Peterson died are at the heart of The Staircase, an upcoming Netflix true crime documentary about her death and the subsequent conviction of her husband Michael for her murder.

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Michael Peterson in The Staircase

The true story behind Netflix’s The Staircase – your new crime obsession


The true story behind Netflix's The Staircase - your new crime obsession
Michael Peterson was charged with his wife Kathleen’s murder (Picture: Netflix)

We’ve all just managed to get over Evil Genius, but Netflix is already serving up our next true crime bingewatch.

The trailer for new documentary The Staircase has dropped, and will follow the case of Michael Peterson, whose wife Kathleen died in 2001 after allegedly falling down the stairs.

The Staircase is the sequel to Jean-Xavier de Lestrade’s 2004 French mini-series The Staircase (also known as Soupcons, or Suspicions), which followed Peterson’s story from his arrest for his wife’s murder to the verdict.

And this new documentary will take a look at Peterson after he was freed from jail when it was revealed that the North Carolina State Bureau of Investigation gave misleading information during

Read more at: https://metro.co.uk/2018/05/23/true-story-behind-netflixs-staircase-new-crime-obsession-7571554/

Operation Odessa, Netflix’s latest true crime documentary, is a rollicking, raucously funny ride

“So for these three individuals, one with the Israeli passport, one was, I believe, a Cuban, and a Venezuelan passport… They just walked into the base — and not only walked in the base, were given a tour of the base. This is drug traffickers, criminals getting access to a submarine base to look and see and shop for a boat in the Russian base. That’s just unheard of.” Spoken by Alex Yasievich — an undercover agent investigating the three individuals — these words encapsulate the madness, drama and seeming improbability of the events depicted in Operation Odessa, Netflix’s latest true crime documentary, a rollicking, breathless, stylish and raucuously funny ride that pulls spies, drug runners, arms dealers, gangsters and the weight of history into a story which, had it been fiction, would have been dismissed as outrageous.

The story was always going to be the star of Tiller Russell’s documentary.

Read more at: https://www.firstpost.com/india/operation-odessa-netflixs-latest-true-crime-documentary-is-a-rollicking-raucously-funny-ride-4478401.html

Netflix Continues Your True-Crime Obsession with ‘The Staircase’ Trailer

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This one’s for the true-crime aficionados. You’ve got plenty of ways to spend your free time and Netflix has just as many options to satisfy those desires. If you want to comb over the details of a 17-year-old murder trial that’s already been detailed in a documentary series by filmmaker Jean-Xavier de Lestrade in both 2004 and 2013, but now has a few new wrinkles to explore, The Staircase is just for you.

The death of Kathleen Peterson has apparently been an obsession with true-crime enthusiasts for some years. Murder suspect / author Michael Peterson faced a new round of legal drama in 2017, which the new addition to this docu-series will explore after re-airing the original series and The Staircase II: The Last Chance. The series’ new trailer will get you caught up on all the particulars. Read more at: http://collider.com/the-staircase-trailer-netflix/

The Staircase Will Be Your Next True Crime Obsession

Long before Making a Murderer reignited our collective love of true crime documentaries, the Peabody Award-winning series The Staircase depicted the murder trail of novelist Michael Peterson, who was accused of killing his wife after she was found dead at the bottom of a staircase in their home. French director Jean-Xavier de Lestrade’s series premiered on French television in 2004 and was an international success, with the eight-episode documentary examining the unbelievable twists and turns of the case (which ultimately led to Peterson’s guilty verdict).

The Peterson case didn’t end with The Staircase, however; Peterson was released from prison in 2011 when it was revealed that the North Carolina State Bureau of Investigation gave misleading information during the case.

Since Lestrade followed the case from indictment to verdict, it only makes sense for the Oscar-winning director to see what life after The Staircase is like for its

Read more at: https://www.esquire.com/entertainment/movies/a20845116/the-staircase-netflix-trailer/

Real Story Behind Netflix’s Evil Genius and Pizza Bomber Brian …

On Aug. 28, 2003, a 46-year-old pizza delivery man strutted into a bank in Erie, Pennsylvania, armed with a shotgun modified to look like a walking cane and handed the teller a note demanding $250,000 in cash.

A collar bomb was fastened around the man’s neck — and, the note said, it would go off if he did not get what he wanted.

Carrying a bag stuffed with more $8,000, that man, named Brian Wells, walked back out of the bank as calmly as he’d walked in. He didn’t get far before being surrounded by police.

A strange scene then played out that would make the case the subject of international news coverage in the ensuing days, months and years.

Wells, sitting on the ground, pleaded for help as he described how he’d been forced by three people to rob the bank. He’d gone to the trio to deliver pizzas, he

Read more at: http://people.com/crime/real-life-story-evil-genius-netflix-pizza-bomber/

Why Everyone Is Talking About Netflix’s New Crime Documentary …

Ever since Making A Murderer awakened my obsession with true crime documentaries, I’ve been on a one woman mission to binge-watch my way through every one I can find.

So when the internet started buzzing about Netflix’s latest offering – a four-part true crime docuseries by the name of Evil Genius – I had to see what all the fuss was about.

It’s safe to say that the real life story is one of the weirdest you’ll probably ever come across. It takes a look at the 2003 case surrounding pizza delivery man Brian Wells, who robbed a bank with a bomb locked around his neck.

After telling police that he had been forced into it, the hunt for the real masterminds behind the scheme – which, bizarrely, involved a treasure hunt, some very lengthy instructions and a body in a freezer – really took

Read more at: http://www.look.co.uk/news/netflix-evil-genius-609565