It’s no secret that we’re completely addicted to real-life crime documentaries, and with shows like The Jinx and Making a Murderer coming out like hotcakes over the last few years there have been plenty to choose from. But now that Investigation Discovery has a nation-wide free preview on (it runs from July 26 to Aug. 23), we feel like a world of new specials and true-crime mysteries has just opened up. And we can barely wait to dig in.
In light of that (and all of the other options out there), here are some must-see specials that will totally give you that true-crime fix.
Adnan Syed: Innocent or Guilty? (ID)
We were all obsessed with the Serial podcast — if we’re being honest, that’s what truly ignited our love for this genre. But ever since it aired we’ve had so, so many follow up questions. This special, which features brand new interviews from some of the key players involved, goes through it all again, while looking into what happened in Syed’s life since Serial came out.
Mommy Dead and Dearest (TMN)
By now, most of us have heard the dark tale of Gypsy Rose Blanchard, and the fact that she only got 10 years for admittedly killing her own mother. But this is a tale that goes a lot deeper than hatred for a parental unit. Some experts will tell you that Gypsy was the victim of a severe form of child abuse — Munchausen By Proxy, a disorder where parents fake their children’s illnesses for attention. According to the 24-year-old girl, killing her mom was her last ditch effort at escaping what had been a terrible life. Get all of the dark and dirty details in this gripping special, which features firsthand accounts from some of those who knew the mother-daughter duo best.
Aphrodite Jones – “Anna Nicole Smith” (ID)
Nobody digs into real life crime like Aphrodite Jones. In this special, the best-selling author and crime expert digs deep into the tragic life and death of Anna Nicole Smith by sitting down with one of her most trusted confidantes. If you thought you knew everything there was to know about this story, you’ll think again after watching this one.
Vanity Fair Confidential – “Bill Cosby Drugged Me” (ID)
Supermodel Beverly Johnson certainly made headlines when she wrote a harrowing firsthand account for Vanity Fair, of the time Bill Cosby drugged her. But that story pales in comparison to this retelling of those events, events that Bill Cosby and his team refused to respond to when the article was first published. Following Cosby’s trial, this one is perhaps even more relevant now.
The Keepers (Netflix)
If you’re in the mood for something a little longer, the latest mini-series that’s got everyone in a tizzy is this look at the decades-old murder of a nun and the priest who may have abused her. It all comes in at seven episodes, and much like Making a Murderer, this one has the general public weighing in from any and all angles on what the heck actually happened.
Fear Thy Neighbor – Tunnel of Hate (ID)
We all know how important it is to try to get along with our neighbours, but sometimes there’s just no seeing eye-to-eye. It certainly sounds like that was the case for the people featured in this special, who each bought adjoining homes in hopes of renovating and fixing them up. But when renovations fell behind, things took a turn for the worse. In fact you could say that they grew quite deadly…
Six Degrees of Murder – “The Body In The Rug” (ID)
Relationships are complicated — that’s why investigating officers usually have to go a little deeper in order to unearth the mysteries behind some of the supposedly ‘simplest’ crimes out there. Those investigations are at the heart of this docu-offering, and we’re specifically obsessed with this episode. “The Body in the Rug” digs into the murder of Gianni Versace, after a dead body is found rolled up in a rug at an architect’s apartment, thus beginning the search for a serial killer.
Investigation Discovery’s free, nation-wide preview runs until Aug. 23.