Sundance Channel (2005)
This meticulous eight-part miniseries explores the real-life defense of Michael Peterson, a novelist who was convicted of killing his wife in 2003.
Captivated: The Trials of Pamela Smart
This doc examines the effect the media frenzy surrounding Smart’s murder trial — the first to allow cameras in court — had on her case.
The Good Nurse
by Charles Graeber (2013)
After a decade of reporting, Graeber spins out the true story of Charles Cullen, a nurse who used his position to kill as many as 400 patients.
The Journalist and The Murderer
by Janet Malcolm (1990)
Malcolm analyzes the relationship between an alleged psychopath and the journalist he trusted to write about him.
The Thin Blue Line
Errol Morris’ doc about a cop’s murder made a compelling argument that the wrong man went to jail — so much so that the man was ultimately freed.
The Kurosawa classic tells the story of a samurai’s death (and the resulting trial) from the conflicting, biased viewpoints of multiple characters.
In a less grim narrative, business reporter Alex Blumberg chronicles his struggles to launch his own company in this serialized podcast.