The world can't get enough true crime—at least when it comes to stories about it. This fascination has spawned a virtual smorgasbord of terrifyingly true content, from podcasts to documentaries, movies, and TV series. There's even an annual true crime convention called Crime Con, where fans and creators gather to share theories and discuss some of the most notorious cases.
Of course, you can probably guess what our favorite way to consume true crime content is. Safely contained between the pages of a book, tales of unstoppable serial killers, unsolved murders, kidnappings, and unexplained disappearances provide a glimpse into the darkness while keeping the light reassuringly within arm's reach.
"All men have crimes, and most of them are hidden." —Maxwell Anderson
Whether you're an amateur sleuth who devours true crime in all its formats or someone who's looking to test their mettle in this chilling corner of Nonfiction, we've got the goods. Check out our experts' favorites below!
True Crime Top Picks
- My Friend Anna: The True Story of a Fake Heiress – The story that inspired Shonda Rhimes' Netflix series Inventing Anna
- Unmasked: My Life Solving America's Cold Cases – By renowned detective Paul Holes, whose career highlights include catching the Golden State Killer
- Madman in the Woods: Life Next Door to the Unabomber
- Trailed: One Woman's Quest to Solve the Shenandoah Murders
- We Carry Their Bones: The Search for Justice at the Dozier School for Boys – An investigation into the horrifying true story that inspired the Pulitzer Prize–winning novel The Nickel Boys by Colson Whitehead
- Aurora: The Psychiatrist Who Treated the Movie Theater Killer Tells Her Story
- Deer Creek Drive: A Reckoning of Memory and Murder in the Mississippi Delta
- Hell's Half-Acre: The Untold Story of the Benders, a Serial Killer Family on the American Frontier
- Bone Deep: Untangling the Twisted True Story of the Tragic Betsy Faria Murder Case
- The Other Dr. Gilmer: Two Men, a Murder, and an Unlikely Fight
- Mindhunter: Inside the FBI's Elite Serial Crime Unit – The real events behind the hit Netflix Original Series
- Serial Killers and Psychopaths: True-Life Cases That Shocked the World
- The World's Most Evil Serial Killers: Crimes That Shocked the World
- The House of Gucci: A True Story of Murder, Madness, Glamour, and Greed – Now a major motion picture from director Ridley Scott, starring Lady Gaga and Adam Driver
- Killers Amidst Killers: Hunting Serial Killers Operating Under the Cloak of America's Opioid Epidemic