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The Best True Crime Shows and Documentaries on Netflix Hong Kong

By Sarah Moran 6 March 2019

True crime shows may be the reason you're scared to walk home alone at night, but that sure hasn't stop the genre from growing in popularity. Audiences have grown addicted, obsessing over cold cases and scouring the internet for more information on the crimes. We've put together a list of the best true crime documentaries and films currently on Netflix Hong Kong that are worth rewatching over and over again.

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Dirty John

Based on a podcast of the same name, this harrowing eight-part series delves into the whirlwind romance between successful businesswoman Debra Newell and conman John Meehan – a.k.a. Dirty John. Within two months of dating, John manages to convince Debra to rent a beachfront home for them to live in together, a decision which is soon followed by an impulsive wedding in Las Vegas. Displeased by their fast-tracked relationship, her daughters investigate their mother's new beau and prove that he's a conman. As Deborah gets drawn deeper into John’s web of lies and deceit, things start to get ugly for the entire family. The show was such a hit that a second series with an entirely new cast and story line has already been confirmed, and we can't wait.

Abducted in Plain Sight

Think of the strangest story you’ve ever heard, then multiply it by 100, and maybe you’ll have a sense of how bizarre Netflix's Abducted in Plain Sight is. Unfolding over 90 slow-burning minutes, this stranger-than-fiction documentary follows the Broberg family, whose manipulative but charming neighbour somehow gets away with kidnapping their pre-teen daughter. Twice. Involving adultery, paedophilia, aliens, and parents who are either blind or naive, this show contains enough mind-boggling twists to keep you hooked until the very end.

Wild Wild Country

This under the radar documentary by Netflix has all the prerequisites for a gripping cult drama: a charismatic leader, loyal followers, a belief system that deviates from the norm – all culminating in events that lead to a horrifying ending. Wild Wild Country examines the case of the Rajneeshee movement, whose radical antics shook a small, quiet town in Oregon. Through historical footage and interviews with former members who held prominent roles, this fascinating documentary uncovers the stories behind this religious group who found fame in 1980s America for alleged bio-terror attacks, attempted murder, and more. Trust us, it's as wild as it sounds.

Conversations with a Killer: The Ted Bundy Tapes

Not to be confused with the the forthcoming Zac Efron-led Ted Bundy movie Extremely Wicked, Shockingly Evil and Vile, this four-part series from the same director explores the life and psyche of infamous serial killer Ted Bundy. Combining present-day interviews with surviving victims, archival news footage, and never-before-heard audio clips from interviews made during Bundy's time on death row, The Ted Bundy Tapes form a searing portrait of the notorious serial killer and his heinous crimes against women.


On November 28, 1953, 42-year old scientist and CIA employee Frank Olson plummeted to his death from New York City’s Statler Hotel. The death was originally ruled a suicide, but a 1975 government report later tied his death to a secret government experiment. Was it an accident, or an assassination? Directed by Oscar-winning director Errol Morris, Wormwood, the Netflix mini-series explores Olson’s possible murder, and the secret Cold War program known as MK-Ultra that he was reportedly involved with.

Read More! Check out 5 Romantic Films and Shows To Watch On Netflix Hong Kong, or explore the rest of our Cinema & TV section.

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Born and raised in Hong Kong to expat parents, Sarah grew up as your typical third-culture kid, caught between two worlds. As someone who is nosy (or just curious) and loves the written word, there was never any other career that appealed to her as much as journalism. When she’s not busy on her mission to find the line between not enough coffee and too much coffee, you can find her exploring the city or getting stuck in a good book.