Beyond Bizarre True Crime Stories From ‘Crime Scene’ to ‘The Keepers’

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If you’re searching for true crime stories that are outside of the box or straight-up bizarre, there’s plenty of options readily available through streaming. From hotels with dark histories to twisted murders investigated by internet sleuths, there’s something for everyone. We round up a hearty list, below.

Abducted In Plain Sight - Jan Broberg

Abducted in Plain Sight

An Idaho teen is kidnapped by the same neighbor — twice! — in this doc. Netflix

crime scene: the vanishing at the cecil hotel

Crime Scene: The Vanishing at the Cecil Hotel

Season 1 of a Crime Scene series: Conspiracy theories and coincidences swirl around the much-debated death of Canadian tourist Elisa Lam at the L.A. flophouse that inspired American Horror Story: Hotel. Don’t drink the water! Netflix

don't f*** with cats: hunting an internet killer

Don't F**k With Cats: Hunting an Internet Killer

Three episodes that begin with internet sleuths trying to find the creator of some abhorrent online cat videos turn into a search for a failed porn star who offed a Chinese student. And severed his feet and hands. To mail them to elementary schools. Netflix

evil genius the true story of america's most diabolical bank heist

Evil Genius: The True Story of America's Most Diabolical Bank Heist

You may have heard about the Pennsylvania pizza delivery guy who walked into a bank with a “collar bomb” around his neck. These four episodes detail the hoops FBI agents had to jump through to keep up with the masterminds. Netflix

Fall river Epix

Fall River

Not for the faint of heart: These four episodes dissect — you might say literally — satanic practices surrounding three deaths outside Boston in 1979–80. Lizzie Borden also called Fall River home! May 16, 10/9c, Epix

The Keepers Netflix

The Keepers

An investigation into the 1969 murder of Baltimore nun Cathy Cesnik takes a left turn, exposing a decades-long web of corruption, abuse and cover-ups within the Catholic Church in this seven-part mindblower. Netflix

Mommy Dead and Dearest Gypsy Rose

Mommy Dead and Dearest

This documentary begins with Missouri mom Dee Dee Blanchard forcing daughter Gypsy Rose to pop pills and undergo needless surgeries for illnesses she didn’t actually have. Their unnatural, sad relationship ends on a sordid note for both women—and for Gypsy’s deadly accomplice. HBO Max


The Most Dangerous Animal of All

Over four episodes, author Gary L. Stewart connects the dots between the father who gave him up for adoption and the shooting, stabbing Zodiac Killer of Northern California in the ’60s. Hulu