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You know that feeling you get when you see the words “based on a true story” at the end of a horror film, right before the credits roll? Well, these true-crime documentaries will have you feeling all those chills and goosebumps the whole way through. Gone are the days when true crime was a genre for lazy Sunday afternoons, because if you try to watch these documentaries in the background, or while you try to take a nap, it’s safe to say you’ll end up at the edge of your seat with your eyes peeled instead.
Each of these true-crime documentaries on Amazon Prime Video covers a different chilling real-life tragedy. Some of their subjects have become well-known parts of the fabric of American history, while others cover lesser-known tragedies, many of which have had significant effects on the justice system in the United States and across the world. Regardless, all of them are layered and morally complex enough to have you theorizing and texting about them for weeks.
If you’re looking for a true-crime documentary that will truly make you think while also keeping you up until morning, ahead are 12 of the best true-crime documentaries currently available to stream on Prime Video.