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10 Disturbing True Crime Documentaries You Can Only Watch Once

10.The Keepers (2017)

“The Keepers” is a dark and disturbing investigation into the unsolved murder of a nun named Sister Catherine Cesnik. Netflix launched its marketing campaign for this seven-part documentary series as if “The Keepers” were the typical true and mysterious crime, but not everything was what it seemed. In 1969, Cesnik, 26, was teaching at Archbishop Keough High School for girls in Baltimore when she disappeared. Her beaten body was found a few months later in a garbage dump near her apartment. What is revealed is a story of murder, sexual abuse, clergy abuse and possible cover-ups. This deeply disturbing series sent viewers hurtling down a rabbit hole that left many nauseated long after the credits rolled.
Former students of the school recount the story as they detail the horrific acts of sexual abuse suffered at the hands of the school priest who was ultimately found guilty of these crimes. Vice magazine reported: “He is heartbreaking and disturbing, and he will haunt you for a long time, which is part of what makes it necessary to see him.”

9.Goodnight, Sugar Babe: The Killing of Vera Jo Reigle (2013)

‘Goodnight, Sugar Babe: The Killing of Vera Jo Reigle’ details the tragic life of 24-year-old Vero Jo Reigle, who had the mental capacity of an 8-year-old girl. Vera Jo, unfortunately, met Cheri Brooks, a dominant. mother of nine children, who convinced her to become pregnant with one of her children. After Vera Jo had the baby, she lived with the Brooks family as her personal slave and Cheri cashed the vulnerable new mother’s disability checks. In 2011, Vera Jo was found brutally mutilated and stabbed to death in Findlay, Ohio. Daniel Bixler, a cousin of the Brooks family, and his teenage girlfriend Nicole Peters were charged with the murder although they claimed they were under the influence of the “others”, ie the Brooks family. manipulates and orders those around her. One of Cheri’s sons even compares her mother to Charles Manson. From start to finish, this documentary is truly heartbreaking and you can only watch it once.

8.Abducted In Plain Sight (2017)

“Abducted In Plain Sight” is known as one of the most frustrating and bizarre true crime documentaries of all time. In the small town of Pocatello, Idaho, the Broberg family meets the Berchtold family when they move into the neighborhood. Then in 1974, Broberg’s teenage daughter Jan is kidnapped by the superficially charming patriarch of the Berchtold family … twice. This 90-minute documentary includes so many twisted themes including child abuse, kidnapping, personal care, Stockholm syndrome, and the culture of silencing victims of sexual abuse. After Netflix aired the documentary, the internet went wild with memes and Reddit threads trying to make sense of these crazy events. The Broberg family case is so frustrating that filmmaker Skye Borgman even had to pause the entire filming project for six weeks. Borgman told Vanity Fair: “It’s incredibly challenging to understand why and how these people went through this, but that’s part of the story.” She added: “There were times when family was very frustrating for me.”

7.There’s Something Wrong with Aunt Diane (2011)

In 2009, eight people were killed when 36-year-old Diane Schuler drove her minivan in the wrong direction on Taconic State Parkway before colliding head-on with a pickup truck. The victims were Schuler and her daughter; Schuler’s three young nieces; and also, the three adults in the van. “There is something wrong with Aunt Diane” details all the events in the run-up to the accident. It is suggested through toxicology reports that Schuler was under the influence of alcohol (more than double the legal limit) and marijuana when she got behind the wheel. A bottle of vodka was also found in the minivan after the accident, but Schuler’s family refuse to accept this explanation because they believe that Diane never used drugs or alcohol and that other possible medical complications were the actual cause of her erratic driving. . she told CNN, “I have never seen a case like this. Nobody has seen this drunk woman and we have interviewed more than 50 people: relatives, friends, colleagues and former employees of her company ”. There are many unsettling questions that remain unanswered once you are done looking.

6.Time: The Kalief Browder Story (2017)

Kalief Browder, 16, was on his way home from a party when officers with the New York Police Department suspected he had stolen someone’s backpack. Browder was questioned and later jailed without trial, between 2010 and 2013 on Rikers Island. He spent 1,000 days behind bars, 800 of those days in solitary confinement, before the charges were dropped. In 2015, Browder was restarting his life at Bronx Community College while suffering from depression. He said, “I have a mental scar right now. This is how I feel. (There are) certain things that changed in me and they may not change again.” He took his own life at the age of 22. The six-part documentary is produced by music mogul Jay-Z and ‘Orange Is the New Black’ actor Nick Sandow. Jay-Z said, “(Browder’s) death is here to teach us how to save a generation of children. It’s hard to watch, but it’s important to watch. “Since the documentary’s release, then-President Barack Obama eliminated the solitary confinement of minors.

5.Cropsey (2009)

Imagine if an urban legend you believed in as a child turned out to be true? This is the exact reality of “Cropsey” directors Josh Zeman and Barbara Brancaccio, who grew up on Staten Island. There was an urban legend that a runaway mental patient was fleeing the hospital; It turns out that a former local high school janitor named Andre Rand had escaped from the Willowbrook Mental Institution. Rand kidnapped and killed five young children in the area. Throughout the documentary, both directors launch an investigation and connect the urban legend of ‘Cropsey’ with the sinister crimes of Andre Rand. Speaking about investigating him, Zeman said: (our) chance. They were busy looking for the children, they were focusing on the people of interest, but by being able to interview neighbors, friends, people who even knew the children, families, etc., we were able to put together a complete story of what had happened and I think, for us too, it was clear that Cropsey and that urban legend were very connected to Andre Rand specifically because we had introduced him and it was clear. This documentary is more like a horror movie but the events are hauntingly real.

4.Don’t F**k with Cats (2019)

“Don’t Fuck Yourself With Cats: The Hunt For An Internet Killer” is a three-part documentary series that rocked the internet. This is the twisted true story of Luka Magnotta, who uploaded videos of himself torturing and killing felines on the internet. Later, detectives John Green and Deanna Thompson worked together to help locate Magnotta and put an end to his horrible crimes. In 2012, Magnotta murdered student Jun Lin in Montreal, Canada, before he fled the country. He posted a video of Lin’s murder and dismemberment online and cannibalized Lin’s remains as well. Magnotta was arrested in Berlin after visiting an internet cafe to see how famous he had become and was sentenced to life in prison. Thompson revealed that hunting the cat killer was an emotionally difficult job, as Magnotta would communicate with her online in a twisted game of Cat and Mouse. Thompson revealed: “(Magnotta sent me) a quote from Nietzsche that really puzzled me and was very prolific. The quote was: “Whoever fights monsters must ensure that in the process they do not become a monster.” And if you look at the abyss long enough, the abyss will look back at you. “That is,” Hey, be careful not to get involved so much that you become me. ”

3.Capturing the Friedmans (2003)

Filmmaker Anthony Jarecki initially set out to make a documentary about popular New York artist David Friedman titled “Just A Clown.” However, instead of the fun behind-the-scenes showbiz movie he had in mind, Jarecki captured a more sinister and haunting tale. He discovered that both Friedman’s brother Jesse and Jesse’s father Arnold had pleaded guilty to child sexual abuse. In 1987, the police intercepted a package containing child pornography directed at Arnold Friedman, who worked as a teacher. After a search warrant, they found more disturbing material and began questioning Arnold’s young students. Then came a massive panic among the parents and immense press coverage of the family. Using home video footage of the Friedman family from the days leading up to the trial, Jarecki explores the conflicting stories of the defendants and survivors. Nomination for the Best Documentary Feature Award.

2.The Trials of Gabriel Fernandez (2020)

Few documentaries are as heartbreaking, gruesome, and disturbing as “Trials of Gabriel Fernandez.” Filmmaker Brian Knappenberger began documenting the trial of Pearl Fernández and her boyfriend, Isauro Aguirrem in 2018. Both were accused of neglecting, abusing and torturing Fernández’s eight-year-old son Gabriel. Finally, the abuse ended with the murder of the young man after he suffered a fatal beating. Both were convicted of first degree murder under special circumstances of torture. Many people turned to the Internet to share their horror and frustration with child protective services. None of the convicts contributed to the six-part documentary and many viewers were left with unanswered questions. How could this have happened to Gabriel? Why didn’t social services intervene? Why did everyone look the other way when Gabriel needed to be saved? Knappenberger explained: “Nobody listened to Gabriel when he was alive. Many people failed you and there are many reasons why this happened. But when you get to the end, it’s about: how do you want to treat children? “. Since Gabriel’s death, the California Department of Social Services has hired more than 3,000 new workers who are now workers trained in how to interview children who are being abused and detect physical injuries.

1.Dear Zachary (2008)

In 2001, the body of 28-year-old Dr. Andrew Bagby was found in a Pennsylvania park. Later, it emerged that he was shot and killed by his ex-girlfriend; who then fled to Canada, where he was able to go free on bail. She later revealed that she was also pregnant with Bagby’s child. Her enraged parents campaigned for custody of his grandson and ultimately convicted the murderer of his son. Bagby’s best friend, Kurt Kuenne, set out to make this heartbreaking film that combines home movies and interviews with family members. Kuenne said of his motives: “(When) his ex-girlfriend was charged with the murder, she fled to Canada and later revealed that she was pregnant with Andrew’s child, whom she named Zachary. I realized that my film had a greater meaning than simply being a scrapbook for those who knew it; it would probably be the only way little Zachary could one day see and meet his father. ” This is a truly heartbreaking documentary and a haunting look at the failures within the judicial system.
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