Netflix Documentaries

by Kate Hickey and Hannah Basali

Ted Bundy Tapes

Recently, I watched the four-episode mini-series, “Conversations with a Killer: The Ted Bundy Tapes.” This documentary takes you from Ted Bundy’s childhood to his death-row execution. Instead of recounting the murders from one lens, the series includes the taped confessions and conversations of Ted Bundy during his time in the Florida State Prison, detailing each event from his narcissistic account. This documentary had me biting my nails the entire time. Although Ted is long gone, I could hardly walk upstairs without taking a hard look around, ensuring that Ted Bundy wasn’t going to peek from behind a door.

           Fyre Festival: The Greatest Party that Never Happened

This documentary was one of the most chaotic things I have ever watched. The entire time I just kept thinking “how is nobody stopping this?” and “how are they allowed to do any of this?” Billy Mcfarland was an extreme con artist, and it worked for a bit, but it all came crashing down with the Fyre Festival. The documentary really shows you just how much of a scam the entire festival was, and how people could see from the beginning that there was no way this could possibly work. I was hooked and shocked from start to finish. It’s a very interesting watch that I highly recommend!

           Making a Murderer

I wish I had never watched this documentary—because it consumed my life for almost two weeks.  I did absolutely nothing productive for half a month because I was so emotionally invested in this documentary series. “Making a Murderer” details the story of Wisconsin native Steven Avery and his journey to injustice. The murder of Theresa Halbach took place at his family’s own scrap yard, and the ways in which they prove Steven guilty are a gross reflection of the justice system gone very wrong. From planted evidence to biased courtroom conditions, this story is the epitome of corruption. This documentary will make you angry, emotional, and inspired to incite change. Highly recommend watching this series!

Heroin(e)

This forty-minute documentary explores the opioid and drug epidemic in the thick of Huntington, West Virginia. This documentary offers the unique perspectives from former drug addicts, the female sheriff of Huntington, a female justice who decides the fate of many drug users, and a female street missionary who works to support women struggling with drug addictions. This mini-documentary captures the chaotic conditions gripping the blue-collar town. Huntington has recently been cited as the city suffering the highest opioid abuse-related deaths. This documentary will leave you wanting a resolution and inspired to take action within your own community.

Flint Town

The water crisis gripped Flint, Michigan at the start of 2014–but that was just icing on a cake. Flint had been a crime-ridden town with insufficient law enforcement. This documentary details the lives of a few Flint police officers and their sheriff making attempts to save the city before it is too late. The story interviews a young couple working in Flint, a police cadet and his mother, and the sheriff. I loved the cinematography of this documentary, and would highly recommend watching!