These thriller documentaries on Netflix are sure to give you goosebumps and leave you all wide-eyed!

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Here's a list of some thriller documentaries to watch on Netflix that will make you question humankind and leave you shook!

As much as we try to avoid feeling scared, thriller documentaries do have a way of making their way into our lives. You'll be terrified to the core but still won't be able to stop watching them till the end. What about them makes it so appealing to watch? All of these Netflix true-crime thriller documentaries are sins committed by our fellow citizens of the world, and it's just human nature to be curious about what happened in another person's life. It's a major reality check that our world is not a garden of roses or the little fairyland we were made to believe it was but an eerie society where some really disturbing individuals also reside.

Thriller documentaries show us what a daunting task it can be to get into the psyche of these evil masterminds and find out the root cause behind what really pushed them to become these monsters. Some of them manage to give us an acceptable answer but some keep us awake for nights together almost making it feel like an unreal ghost story. Keeping the gruesome realities aside, thriller documentaries can be a great genre for binge-watching as the story has you on your toes right from the trailer itself. The real-life footage, interviews, editing, and pictures have the ability to make the audience feel like they're a part of that room, watching the whole story unfold right in front of their eyes.

Warning: The fear level in all of the documentaries in this list is quite high and it's not for the faint-hearted. We recommend you watch these along with someone!

Check them out!

Monsters Inside: The 24 faces of Billy Milligan

Monsters Inside: The 24 faces of Billy Milligan is a four-part documentary series about a man who was accused of rape, robberies, and kidnapping in the state of Ohio in 1977. But when it came to serving the consequences of his actions, he claimed that he suffers from a multiple personality disorder. This raised unrest among the psychiatrists and lawyers to prove whether it was really him or one of his personalities committing the crimes.

House of Secrets: The Burari Deaths

On June 30, 2018, the mass suicide of 11 members of the same family left the nation mind-boggled as this never seen before case felt impossible to solve. Everyone had the same question on their minds...What went so wrong in a decent next-door family to come to the conclusion of hanging themselves together, from the oldest grandmother to the youngest child. The horrifying docu-series unwraps the layers of creepy secrets the members were hiding behind the façade of normalcy they were putting on for everyone.

Evil Genius: The true story of America's most diabolical Bank Heist

The bizarre story reveals how a pizza delivery man sets out to rob a bank in the city of Erie, Pennsylvania with a bomb cuffed around his neck. Things go haywire when the bomb actually goes off, decapitating the man. Forcing the officials to solve the mystery behind who the evil geniuses were who actually came up with the plan and manipulated him to carry it out. Also famously known as the "Pizza Bomber" case, is a cruel and somber story that sticks to your mind.

Crime Scene: The Vanishing at the Cecil Hotel

The Cecil Hotel in downtown L.A. had a reputation for guests dying from drug overdose and was known as the refuge for serial killers. But a rather unusual guest that they encountered was Elisa Lam who unexplainably disappeared from the hotel's elevator. The spooky CCTV footage showed her doing some very strange actions, almost as if she was talking to a spirit in the elevator right before she vanished.

Crime Scene: The Times Square killer

People today, from around the world are attracted to Times Square - the heart of New York City but back in the late 70s and 80s, it was the hub for grisly and unspeakable crimes. One such story is about Richard Cunningham aka 'The Times Square Killer' who targeted sex workers of Times Square and murdered them in the most inhuman way possible. The series which is the second installment after The Vanishing at the Cecil Hotel case now focuses on the victims, their families, and the NYPD whose lives were impacted forever due to Cunnigham. It also shows us the dark past of a city where dreams are made of.

The Keepers

In 1969, Sister Cathy Cesnik from Baltimore’s Archbishop Keough High School disappeared out of nowhere. Her body was found months later dumped in the woods but the case was shut without even digging deep into the truth. Almost, 50 years later this seven-part docu-series brought the case back into the spotlight and disclosed how her murder was just a cover for the numerous sexual assaults by the school's chaplain, Father Maskell as more than 40 women spoke out about their grim experiences after keeping it in them for nearly five long decades. The mystery of who killed sister Cathy remains unsolved and the police are finding new developments in the case to date.

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

After a viral video that surfaced online of a man suffocating and killing two kittens, the internet went mad furious and began a worldwide man-hunt of someone who clearly had signs of becoming a serial killer. From zooming into every inch of his room in the video to hearing voices in the background, the online investigators leave no stone unturned.

Trial By Media

The limited series focuses on the unfair verdicts of famous cases from the early 2000s to way back in the 80s and how their outcome would've been different had it not gotten that amount of media coverage to impact the minds of the jury.

American Murder: The Family Next Door

Becoming the most-watched Netflix true-crime documentary to date, the series dives into the cold case of Chriss Watts mercilessly killing his pregnant wife and two daughters aged 3 and 4, expecting to start a new life with his girlfriend.

Turning Point: 9/11 and the War on Terror

The documentary focuses on the victims, firefighters, and the police department trapped in the World Trade Center and the pentagon recalling every specific detail of one of the most sinister terror attacks this world has ever seen. Whilst also digging into the history of Al-Qaeda, how it was formed and how it made its way into America.

Unsolved Mysteries

Throughout two seasons, each episode has a new unsolved mystery be it paranormal activities, sudden disappearances, or ghastly murders which neither the public nor the officials have answers for. The series was revived by Netflix after the iconic crime show ran on American television for over 15 seasons.

Downfall: The case Against Boeing

Investigation begins after the catastrophic crashes of two Boeing 737 within months of each other, killing more than 300 people on board. The Netflix documentary shows the real face of Boeing and how it made an underprepared aircraft risking human lives just for its selfish prioritization of making a profit.

That was all for our list of thriller documentaries to watch, hope it also helps you educate yourself about the real world that's out there! If you have watched any one of these, we would love to hear from you in the comments below!

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