Netflix has been screening “Unsolved Mysteries” as a revival of the classic American TV series aired by the same name. It is a serial documentary that focuses on unsolved crime mysteries and spooky paranormal activities. This genre has its separate fan base that always has an insatiable need for more. For the audience who feel they could be a private detective too and love mysteries, there are some shows that you should binge:
- The Three Identical Strangers
The story starts when a fresher enters college and finds out that everybody in the picture recognizes him. Still, with some other name to which he later finds that his identical twin was in the same picture, the story becomes even more exciting when they see another person in the same picture that looks like them and these triplets not only become friends but also start to dress alike, and suddenly when the reporters get to know about them, these triplets become the biggest news of the country. The plot takes a twist when one of the parents found out that they had these triplets, but the hospital, because of some unknown reason, separated them and kept the family unaware of the fact that they had triplets. When the triplets find out about this, they decide to fight against the hospital but find themselves against some compelling and influential individuals.
It does not feel like the story could be accurate, but it is. The documentary is a recollection of the brothers eventually finding each other and discussing nature vs. nurture.
- Killer Inside: The Mind of Aaron Hernandez
The documentary is based on the life of the well-known American Football player for the New Zealand Patriots. The star’s career came to an unexpected halt in 2013 when he was charged with the murder of Odin Lloyd. Hernandez was found dead in his cell during the trial.
- Making a Murderer
It is one of the original Netflix documentaries. And maybe one of its best. In the most real sense, this show is the definition of a viral hit. Steve Avery spends 18 years behind bars for a wrongful murder conviction. The man was released and then re-arrested because he was charged with the murder of Teresa Halbach and his nephew Brendan Dassey. The premiere season makes us a witness to Avery’s initial trial and the second season ropes in defence lawyer Katherine Zellner, who is hell-bent on proving his innocence.
- Abducted in Plain Sight
The story in this show is such that if you narrate it to a stranger, they will refuse to believe you. Abducted in Plain Sight is about Jan Broberg, who was systematically groomed and abused by her neighbor. She was kidnapped by the man twice in the 1970s. But what is more unbelievable in this show is the control Robert Berchtold (the neighbor) had on Jan’s entire family.
- The Staircase
The Staircase logs the famous trial of Micheal Peterson, husband of Kathleen, who was found dead under her staircase. The only question of relevance throughout the show is who the real culprit is. The show keeps trying to answer the immediate question but is at a loss of words. It is one of the longest-running series, beginning in 2000 and tricking well into 2018.
- Cold Case Files
This is another long-running series, much like Unsolved Mysteries. It was continually revived for modern-day viewers. It was initially aired from 1999-2006 but received a reboot in 2017.
- The Keepers
Being just one of several such shows, this show has a distinct ominous and eerie feel to every episode you watch. It can be caused by various reasons- religious connotations or its backdrop of a perfectly ordinary American town. But the still-open case of the murder of Sister Cathy Cesnik is filled with foul play.