If you’re stuck inside and feeling anxious, true crime dramas can be oddly soothing. For some people, these tales of killers and thieves are a fun, relaxing way to unwind.
Are you a true crime fan looking for your next fix? These are the best TV shows and podcasts to check out now.
HBO’s “The Jinx” follows the weird, twisted tale of Robert Durst. The former actor might have murdered several people, including Susan Berman. His trial was set to begin last month, but it has been postponed. Time to go get caught up!
No murder here, just the fascinating tale of Elizabeth Holmes. Was she a visionary or a conwoman? The woman who founded DNA testing company Theranos–and eventually lost investors billions of dollars–is examined in depth in this podcast.
If “Tiger King” was a little too much for your taste, you might enjoy HBO’s “McMillions” more. It has a similar cast of wacky characters, but without the possibility of animal cruelty. Instead, it follows the ring of thieves who scammed the McDonald’s Monopoly contest for millions of dollars.
This podcast out of Canada focuses on one crime at a time. The first season chronicled the disappearance of five-year-old Adrien McNaughton. Subsequent seasons shift between kidnappings, murders, and disappearances.
If your biggest takeaway from “Tiger King” was that someone needed to help all those big kitties, then this one is for you. “Don’t F**k With Cats: Hunting an Internet Killer” focuses on a group of amateur detectives who band together. Their quarry is Luka Magnotta, a man who shared a video of himself brutally killing two cats. Spoiler alert: Magnotta was later convicted of murdering a person, too.
Produced by Jordan Peele, “Lorena” tells Lorena Bobbitt’s side of the story. Bobbitt’s 1993 nightmare involved an abusive husband whose violence led her to drastic measures. The 4-part series gives the woman who became a national punchline a chance to share what life has been like since… the incident. You can watch “Lorena” on Amazon Prime.
Did you miss this one when it came out? Hulu’s “The Act” dramatizes the story of Dee Dee and Gypsy Blanchard, perhaps the most dysfunctional mother-daughter duo ever.
If you prefer your true crime in strict docu-series format, you can also check out the same story in the 2017 documentary “Mommy Dead and Dearest” on HBO.
The Hollywood cousin to “Serial,” this podcast from iheartradio follows killer Daniel Wozniak. Host Linda Sawyer puts the spotlight on Wozniak’s girlfriend, Rachel Buffett, who quickly becomes one of the most polarizing figures in true crime. Did she help him kill?