Best Crime Shows, Stories & Podcasts of 2017

Vacation season can be a sugar overload – consider the case of heiress Sunny von B├╝low, who fell into a coma that she never woke up from after celebrating Christmas 1982. The authorities accused her husband, Klaus, of trying to kill her by injecting her with insulin. Klaus argued that Sunny, like many of us during the holiday festivities, was simply abusing – in her case, a cocktail of egg gogol and barbiturates. One jury found Klaus guilty. Another found him innocent. Sunny died while still in a coma in 2008. A very good film ” Turn of Fate” was made about all this . This movie is so much better than Love Actually , Miracle on 34th Street or any other Christmas movie I can think of, except maybe The Kiss of the Kiss, Explosion Explosion .

The holiday season is approaching, and with it, many soulful holiday entertainment. If the adjective warms your blood, may I suggest that you take advantage of any holiday this year to catch up on one of the best true crimes of 2017?


Mama is dead and dearest

Erin Lee Carr, who also directed the gripping and wildly upsetting Crimes of Mind: The Police Cannibal Case , turns her attention to one of the strangest truthful crime stories ever filmed or in print. Like real life. What happened to Baby Jane? “Mommy Dead and Dearest” rises above the lighter, camp elements of this convoluted mother and daughter story with in-depth interviews and a core of empathy.

The keepers

In this gripping seven-part Netflix documentary series, three women investigate the unsolved murder of their teacher, sister Katie Sesnik, in 1969.

The murder of Lacey Peterson

This documentary series from A&E is a re-examination of the 2002 murder of Latchi Peterson. It is unlikely that you will walk away convinced that Scott Peterson is innocent, but you may want to reconsider your understanding of the story.

American vandal

The American vandal is not really on this list because it is not a real crime in the sense that it is not entirely “true.” However, the show (just picked by Netflix for its second season) does such a terrific job of distorting the conventions of a real crime documentary series – somber music on top of dramatic drone footage intros, meticulous crime scene re-enactment, a sibling and self-righteous plot. The doubting guide is that this is truly a must see. But the real achievement is that American Vandal is becoming more than just a satire. I really wanted to know: WHO RECEIVED DICKKY?


Based on John Douglas’ 1995 book about his career as an FBI crime profiler, this Netflix script plays with the conventions of procedure and softens its metallic visual style with dark wit. Bonus points for creating a protagonist based on Dr. Anne Walbert Burgess, a psychologist who worked closely with the FBI to create the field of profiling and who was largely written from the Douglas report.


“Girls detectives”

At the University of Pittsburgh, the student club of amateur detectives solves real-life problems by challenging popular beliefs about women and the recent boom in real crime.

“Plainville Girl”

An in-depth look at Michelle Carter’s suicide trial from text messages. Is a teenager responsible for her boyfriend Konrad Roy’s suicide? This article raises a lot of case questions that I suspect we will be asking ourselves for years to come.

“The Bizarre True Story of a neighborhood brawl that broke six of his ribs.”

When I saw this headline on Twitter, I clapped my hands happily. This is the story of a senator, retired ophthalmologist, and more intriguing than one gated community in Bowling Green, Kentucky could hold.

“The True, Confusing Amityville Horror Story”

The “True Story” of one of America’s most famous haunted houses and various demons – paranormal and (usually) others – that take possession of everyone involved.

“Bro, I’m Going A Rogue: A Wall Street Informant Who Survives the FBI Twice”

Claiming the title of Best Headline of the Year, Bloomberg Businessweek details the adventures of an obscure whistleblower who lives a high life under the not-so-watchful eye of the FBI.

“How an Influential Rape Charge Driven a College Student to Suicide”

A harrowing account of a young woman who, after being sexually assaulted, took all the necessary steps to report the crime to the authorities. She did everything she had to. So why did she commit suicide?


Last podcast on the left: episodes 285-287 on Norwegian black metal

Mixing comedy and true crime is no easy task, but it works for the guys at Last Podcast on the Left because of their painstaking research, inspired by sincere intellectual curiosity. This final three-part episode about the Norwegian Black Metal scene and its associated church fires in the early nineties is alternately rough, horrible, absurd, hilarious and shrewd.

Dirty John

I listened to the podcast before reading the article (which is great too) and I’m glad I went blind. It has all the trappings of a cleverly crafted real crime podcast, but somehow manages to completely surprise. This sounds like the hardest and most disturbing episode of Real Housewives.


As a native of Rhode Island, I was predisposed to love this podcast, which chronicles the parallel careers of crime boss Raymond Patriarc and Providence Mayor Vincent “Buddy” Chianchi, both criminals who ruled the smallest state in the United States. A bit of nostalgia for the mafia, all in all, this is a fascinating look at a little-known chapter in La Cosa Nostra’s history.

You Must Remember This: Dorothy Stratten (Dead Blondes Episode 13)

The entire Dead Blondes season in You Must Remember This was spectacular in scope and execution, but host Karina Longworth essentially blames the entire concept of the masculine gaze in this episode of Dorothy Stratten and the various men who have treated her short life as a commodity. be bought, sold and disposed of.


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