For decades, the “true crime” genre has walked the line of exploiting public interest in real tragedies and offering journalistic looks at important events. But a new brand of true crime—fueled by on-demand TV and podcasts—is doing more than just exploring violent events: It is exposing injustice, finding flaws in the criminal justice system and showing why sometimes the “perpetrators” can actually be the victims. Here are some of the can’t-miss shows leading the charge:
This miniseries from HBO examines the real case of real estate heir Robert Durst, a man who may have used his wealth to avoid prosecution for the murders of two women. Don’t miss the final episode.
###MAKING A MURDERER
After serving 18 years in prison for a crime he didn’t commit, Steven Avery was exonerated and sued local officials for millions. Weeks later, he was arrested—this time for murder.
The Undisclosed podcast picks up where Serial season one left off, exploring the case against Adnan Syed. Hosted by attorneys, the show dives deeper into the evidence. Who knew that was even possible?
Newspaper investigative reporters use old interviews, public records and any possible evidence in an attempt to solve a 40-year-old murder case and bring a killer to justice.
The hit podcast is investigative journalism at its finest, whether it’s looking at a 15-year-old murder case or the highly publicized story of former POW Bowe Bergdahl. (Season 2 is airing biweekly so you can catch up.)
One of the top 20 podcasts in iTunes, Criminal does more than just give in-depth looks at compelling cases. It examines the social and psychological motivations behind them.