13 Chilling True Crime Documentaries To Keep You Up At Night

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4. The Thin Blue Line

The case: This 1988 documentary by Errol Morris argued that Randall Dale Adams, sentenced to life in prison for killing police officer Robert W. Wood, was wrongfully convicted.

5. There’s Something Wrong With Aunt Diane

The case: In 2009, Diane Schuler (widely regarded by friends and family to be a happy, upstanding citizen and a devoted wife and mother), driving her son and daughter and her three nieces home from a camping trip, began driving the wrong way on Taconic State Parkway in upstate New York. Schuler collided head-on with an oncoming SUV, killing everyone but her 5 year-old son. Despite apparent sobriety upon leaving the campground, and insistence from friends and family that she did not drink or use drugs to excess, toxicology reports found a blood alcohol level of 0.19 and high levels of THC.

6. The Central Park Five

The case: In 1989, amidst an atmosphere of heightened racial tensions, five teenagers (four of whom were black and one, Latino) were tried and convicted for the rape of a white female jogger in New York’s Central Park. The men served between 6 and 13 years in prison before Matias Reyes, a convicted serial rapist then serving a life sentence for other crimes, confessed to committing the crime — alone.

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