Opinions

The ideas expressed in this column do not necessarily represent those of The New Courier.

By Emma Woods
April 30, 2021

Everyone has their own way they relax at the end of the day. Some people read, some listen to music, others dance or go for a run. There are also a lot of students who curl up on the couch to watch Netflix. Even within the latter category, however, there are many variations – comedy, drama, action & adventure, romance, etc.

Personally, I like to settle down with a true crime documentary. While it may not sound relaxing to some, they are actually quite fascinating. I evaluated them on a scale of 1-5 based on three categories: suspense, creepiness, and quality. So for my fellow true crime enthusiasts, I have sifted through the myriad of documentaries and come up with my top five.

Forensic Files covers police cases that are only solved by forensic evidence, specifically in unique disciplines of forensics. Once I started watching it, it was difficult to stop. It kept my attention well and the quality was excellent. It is middle of the road when it comes to how scary/creepy it is.
Suspense: 4
Creepiness: 3
Quality: 4
Total: 11

Cold Case Files covers murders that turn into cold cases, and how they end up solved years later. In the suspense category I give it four because it certainly kept my attention. It also got a four in creepiness, because the crimes are chilling. Quality is around three – it is nicely presented and easy to follow.
Suspense: 4
Creepiness: 4
Quality: 3
Total: 11

Terrorism Close Calls follows law enforcement both in the USA and across the world as they attempt to foil terrorist threats. This one is a little different than the others. It is very suspenseful and keeps you watching. However, it does not have the horror factor that comes with some other true crime documentaries. Quality wise, it is fairly average. Nothing stellar, but easy to watch.
Suspense: 5
Creepiness: 1
Quality: 3
Total: 9

Unsolved Mysteries goes over the facts of murders that are still unsolved. This is one of my least favorites – it is slow paced and unsuspenseful. It got a slightly higher rating in creepiness because the crimes are still unsolved. The quality is not as good as the others.
Suspense: 2
Creepiness: 3
Quality: 2
Total: 7

The Confession Tapes follows inmates who say that the police coerced their confessions. I gave it a two and a half in suspense, but only one in creepiness – it is slightly different than the others and not really intended to focus on the crimes themselves. The quality is average.
Suspense: 2.5
Creepiness: 1
Quality: 3
Total: 6.5