21 True Crime Shows You Shouldn't Watch Alone

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Who needs Law & Order or NCIS when there could be a crazy person lurking right around the corner from you? Maybe your neighbor is the next big serial killer and you don't even know it.

If you don't think that's possible, all you need to do is turn on one of the many true crime shows available on television or streaming services -- and there are a LOT of them.

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There are shows about serial killers, crazy neighbors, murderous wives, hotels with dark histories and on and on. Whatever your true crime interest, there's sure to be a show that covers it.

If you're looking for a show with a true fright factor, we've got you covered.

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Here are 21 true crime shows that are so scary, you'll need to lock your doors before tuning in! Better yet, make sure you don't watch these alone!

Did we miss one? Let us know in the comments.


1. Conversations with a Killer: The Ted Bundy Tapes - Netflix

Conversations with a Killer: The Ted Bundy Tapes - Netflix
How does a serial killer think when he's on death row? This four-part documentary series gives viewers a look inside this madman's mind through a selection of audio snippets from more than 100 hours of interviews with the notorious killer. Bundy was convicted of murdering more than 30 women in the 1970s and was executed in 1989, but his legacy lives on. What's even scarier than hearing him talk is knowing how many women exalted him after his conviction (both then and now) because of his supposed good looks and charm.

2. Horror at the Cecil Hotel - Investigation Discovery

Horror at the Cecil Hotel - Investigation Discovery
This infamous Los Angeles hotel has a history of deaths, suicides, and occurrences, some of which can never truly be explained. The hotel was the basis of American Horror Story: Hotel, the anthology series' fifth season. Perhaps the most frightening occurrence was the mysterious death of Elisa Lam, a 21-year-old student who was found naked and dead in the hotel's water tank. While that's scary in and of itself, it's what happened in the elevator before her disappearance that will send you running to turn on all the lights. Surveillance video captured her acting strangely in the elevator and the only thing I can say is you have to see the video for yourself. It will haunt you long after this documentary ends.

3. The Assassination of Gianni Versace - FX

The Assassination of Gianni Versace - FX
There's a reason why Darren Criss won multiple awards for his portrayal of Andrew Cunanan, the man who murdered the famous designer in 1997. Criss is brilliantly horrifying as Cunanan as it details the events leading up to Versace's shooting and what happened after. This is one series you'll want to binge, and you'll have no choice because you won't be able to take your eyes off the screen.

4. Aileen: The Life and Death of a Serial Killer - Amazon Prime

Aileen: The Life and Death of a Serial Killer - Amazon Prime
If you're thinking about picking up a hooker, you might think again after watching this documentary. Aileen Wuornos is better known as America's first female serial killer who was convicted and eventually executed for killing seven men in Florida in 2002. Although the focus is the family's attempt to get a stay of execution because the court's found her mentally sane when she was obviously insane, it features the last interview with Wuornos and seeing her madness will send chills down your spine.

5. Snapped - Oxygen

Snapped - Oxygen
We've all gone a little crazy sometimes, but the women featured on this series have truly snapped. The series focuses on high profile or bizarre cases of women accused of murder. Most of the women have killed either their husband or a significant other and, yes, jealousy and betrayal are some of the main reasons these women killed. Still, you'll be haunted by these women's stories and will want a friend to be with you as you watch.

6. In Pursuit with John Walsh - Investigation Discovery

In Pursuit with John Walsh - Investigation Discovery
John Walsh has never given up his drive to find justice for murder victims and their families. This is a guy who could have crawled into a hole and disappeared after his son Adam was brutally murdered in 1981. Instead, Walsh brings victim's stories to life in an attempt to bring the perpetrator to justice. Who knows? Maybe you know one of the people being hunted for murder and can help bring closure to desperate families.

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