6 True-Crime Documentaries to Watch During the Holidays

The winter season is very cinematic; Cold temperatures, hazy breathing, and snowy landscapes are often the hallmarks of films set in the middle of winter.

As a movie lover, there is nothing more exciting than a toe-curling true crime documentary. The thrill of a good plot twist, the curiosity that comes with learning what happens to the characters, the absolute wow factor – you won’t get that in any other movie.

Every time you watch a good crime drama, it’s like Christmas, right? All you need is a good internet connection, such as Xtream internet, and you are good to go.

So we put together a list of true crime documentaries you can get started on right now!

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Crime Scene: Texas Killing Fields

Crime Scene: Texas Killing Fields is the third Crime Scene docu-series released by Netflix, and now the show has really hit a steady beat.

With chilling details, an intriguing plot, and some gripping interviews, The Killing Fields of Texas is a breathtaking sight to behold.

This documentary series, divided into 3 episodes, tells the story of a string of mysterious deaths in Texas and, in particular, on the I-45 freeway in Houston. In the mid-1980s, the bodies of three women were found in a Calder Road field. Fast forward to 1991, when another body is found, eventually calling the area the “Texas Killing Fields.”

Our Father

The emergence of home DNA testing exposes the grisly deception of a trusted fertility doctor in Our Father, Netflix’s latest entry in its ever-growing stack of true-crime documentaries.

Dr. Robert Kline assured his patients that the donor sperm he used for insemination was exclusive and selective. In fact, it was his own. Our Father oversees the efforts of a group of half-siblings to expose Kline’s lies and make him pay for them as they come to terms with the crushing reality of their identity.

Thought Crimes: The Case of the Cannibal Cop

In many societies, including this one, it is not considered healthy to fantasize about torturing women to death and then cooking and eating them.

But is it illegal?

Gilberto Valle, a former NYPD officer, was convicted of “conspiracy to commit a kidnapping” in 2013 after describing these fantasies on an extreme fetish site.

He was also found guilty of using a police database to find one of the women he dreamed about. He and his accomplices, one in Pakistan and one in England, did nothing. No real woman was harmed in the performance of this fantasy.

Then what is his fault? Well, you will have to watch it to find out the whole story.

The Girl in the Picture

In one of the strangest crimes of the 1990s, a man named Franklin Floyd entered an Oklahoma elementary school with a gun and forced the principal to save a 6-year-old boy named Michael.

Floyd claimed that Michael was his son by a woman named Tonya, who recently died in an accident. But when the story unfolded more than two decades later, investigators found that the relationship between Floyd, Tonya, and Michael – and in some cases, even their names – was not quite what was intended.

Director Sky Borgman transforms this gripping and terrifying saga into The Girl in the Picture, a refreshingly nonsensical true-crime documentary that wraps the case around and returns to what really matters: who this “Tonya” was and how she got to the man who kidnapped her son after she died?

This is the story of genetic testing, a sisterhood of strippers, and people across the country whose lives have been affected by this mysterious woman, despite the fact that she herself lives in near-constant danger.

Operation Varsity Blues: The College Admissions Scandal

At the heart of Operation Varsity Blues: The College Admissions Scandal is a provocative question: Who cares?

In 2019, the FBI investigation that jailed Lori Loughlin, Felicity Huffman, and dozens of other wealthy parents for bribing top universities to admit their children became a media frenzy.

It also revealed a bizarre phenomenon only found in the wealthiest classes, where the practical path to success is not as attractive as the price of a shortcut.

Much of Operation Varsity Blues unfolds like a minimalist thriller, in which Singer is played psychopathically by Modine as he walks through his palatial Los Angeles home on the phone with countless concerned parents, getting to the root of their fears.

Vatican Girl: The Disappearance of Emanuela Orlandi

The Vatican Girl is the latest investigation into a case that began on June 22, 1983, when Emanuela Orlandi, a 15-year-old girl from the Vatican, disappeared under mysterious circumstances.

The case made headlines around the world. Various theories link the alleged abduction of the girl to intrigues involving the intelligence agencies of different countries, the Italian mafia, and the Vatican, which denies the cover-up allegations.

Vatican Girl presents an interview with the Orlandi family and witnesses to her disappearance.

It begins as a small local story about a young girl who disappears on a hot summer day in the middle of Rome in 1983 and then turns into a story about the KGB and Cold War politics.

We discover factions working in the Vatican to promote certain policies and restore Catholicism in the Eastern Bloc. Then there is the mafia and the Roman criminal side of the story. So it instinctively feels like a political thriller and keeps you hooked.

Wrapping it up

Whether you’re into car chases, security camera cover-ups, or psychosexual odysseys in the depths of the American class system, there’s a thriller for you and your loved ones to enjoy during the holidays this season.