In recent years, streaming platforms have seen that Little by little, the popularity of movies, series and documentaries related to true crime, that is, stories based on real crimes, has grown.
This genre has captivated viewers around the world, fueling their fascination with unsolved mysteries, serial killers, and the most disturbing criminals.
This genre offers an in-depth look at famous and obscure cases that have captured public attention over the years. These contents dive into the details of the crimes and the investigations, revealing new perspectives and offering new data on cases that are still unresolved or unknown to society.
Mixing a bit of suspense, excitement, and great storytelling, this content explores the darker aspects of humans, leaving viewers with a mixture of fascination and horror.
It is for all this that in today’s report we will fully immerse ourselves in some of the most famous or disturbing true crimes —some based on events that occurred in Spain— so that you give this type of content a chance.
Trust No One: Hunt for the King of Cryptocurrency (2022)
This documentary unravels the story laid out in a November 2019 Vanity Fair article titled: “Ponzi Schemes, Private Yachts, and a Disappearance of $250 Million in Crypto: The Bizarre Story of Quadriga.”
It’s basically the story of an investigation about whether Gerald Cotten, a strange founder, is, in fact, alive and whether he took the money and ran. Although he falls under the crime category, he deals less with murder (although death is implied) and focuses more on internet cheating.
Despite starting with a bit of sensationalism, with a man wearing 3d printed raccoon head mask, in a distorted voice, he quickly leads you into the story of Cotten and the many people who ended up with empty bank accounts after investing in his Bitcoin cryptocurrency exchange, QuadrigaCX.
This man who saw how bitcoin and consequently his fortune exploded, fell ill and died unexpectedly at the age of 30. The rest, that could not access the keys and passwords of company accounts ran out of money and without the initial investment. The password for $250 million of client funds is taken to the grave. We leave you the link to Netflix.
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The Wanninkhof-Carabantes case (2021)
The Wanninkhof-Carabantes case is an emblematic crime that took place in Spain in 1999. Rocío Wanninkhof, a 19-year-old girl, was brutally murdered, sparking a huge investigation and leaving society in shock. The film tells this true story, exploring the details of the case and the implications it had.
The plot focuses on the search for justice and the fight for the truth in the midst of a series of judicial errors that surrounded the case. Media pressure added even more tension to the investigation, with speculation and accusations that influenced the social perception of the case.
As the story unfolds, challenges and obstacles faced by researchers and affected families are revealed.
It also highlights the emotional consequences that the crime had on those involved. The families of Rocío Wanninkhof and others close to the case were affected by pain and uncertainty, facing a long fight for justice. It is available on Netflix.
The Asunta case (Operation Water Lily) (2017)
As you probably already know, this thriller, based on real events —it happened in 2013— focuses on the mysterious case of Asunta Basterra, a 12-year-old girl who was found dead in strange circumstances in Spain.
As the plot progresses, disturbing details about Asunta’s life and the dark secrets surrounding the family will be revealed. They will take you through a maze of clues and suspicions, while they are explored the darker aspects of the human mind.
The Asunta case shrank the hearts of all of Spain due to the intrigue and complexity that involved it. You can watch it on Prime Video.
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The Sons of Sam: A Descent into Hell (2021)
This documentary delves into the case of David Berkowitz, also known as the .44 Caliber Killer or the Son of Sam. Berkowitz was a serial killer who terrorized New York City in the 1970s.
It will explore the conspiracy theories surrounding the Berkowitz case and raise the possibility that more people were involved in the murders. In addition, the influence of culture and the obsession with Satanism at the time are examined.
you can go see different interviews with people close to the case, investigators and experts, providing different perspectives on crimes and their impact on society. It is available on Netflix.
I was a murderer (2017)
This film tells the story of a man, José Rabadán, who At just 16 years old, he confesses to having committed a murder, specifically killing his parents and his 9-year-old sister with his katana. The plot unfolds as the protagonist recounts the details of his crime and the reasons that led him to commit it.
The film will explore the psychological and emotional aspects of the main character, as well as the repercussions that his confession has on his environment and on the community. Through flashbacks and dialogues, the whole pie will be revealed.
In the first part the crime will be revealed and you will be able to see some testimonies of the entire process and in the second part it will delve into the escape and capture process. It is available on Discovery+.
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Tiger King (2020)
Tiger King is a 2020 documentary series that went quite viral and managed to reach a wide audience, gaining the attention of the entire world. The story centers on Joe Exotic, an eccentric owner of a big cat zoo in the United States. The documentary shows the rivalry between Joe Exotic and Carole Baskin, an animal rights activist.
The series reveals the dark and controversial world of breeding and owning big cats in captivity, as well as the eccentric characters that are part of this world. You can watch it on Netflix.
The Keepers (2017)
In terms of massive social cover-ups, the Catholic Church has been one of the great enemies. Over the years, sexual abuse has slowly come to light despite obvious attempts to keep stories on the down low.
In The Keepers, an investigation is launched into a little-documented element of history and it is what happens to people who try to denounce from within.
It follows the unsolved murder of nun Catherine Cesnik, who she was murdered in 1969 under the belief that she had discovered sexual abuse by one of the priests, A. Joseph Maskell, at a Baltimore school.
The series mixes forensic investigation with interviews that delve into the trauma of survivors, something often tended to be avoided in true crime documentaries. You can watch it on Netflix.