7 Major True Crime Adaptations Coming to TV in 2020

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You got your Murderinos. Your internet sleuths. Your Burke-truth we’d. People love true crime. Actually, people are obsessed with them. A quick search for “best true crime shows” will reveal list after list of series that dive into the scariest corners of humanity. There are podcasts (My Favorite Murder, Serial, Casefile, etc.) that are for the kinds of people who know way too much about Ted Bundy.

That kind of stuff will send shivers right down the spine of just about anyone, but there’s plenty of spooky stuff where those podcasts came from. The 2019 true crime mini-series The Confession Killer told the story of Henry Lee Lucas, an American serial killer who admitted to as many as 600 murders. But there’s more to the story that even the most true crime-obsessed don’t know about.This year will be no exception. More Ted Bundy. A deep dive into Aaron Hernandez, too. That’s just the start, you crime-obsessed weirdo.

Maybe this goes along with the theory that the more you know about something that scares you, the less scared of it you are? Maybe not. Anyway, bring on the true crime. If anything, watch these upcoming projects just so you can best your friends at your next true crime trivia night.

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1

Killer Inside: The Mind of Aaron Hernandez

The year kicks off with the very complicated case of Aaron Hernandez, former New England Patriots player and convicted murderer. The Netflix documentary, available now, explores his case (and eventual death). While that should offer some answers, like most crime cases it seems that the answered questions only seem to elicit… more questions.

2

Ted Bundy: Falling for a Killer

On January 30, this documentary comes to Amazon Prime and reframes the infamous serial killer from a woman’s perspective. Elizabeth Kloepfer Kendall, Bundy’s former girlfriend, and her daughter, Molly, share their real-life experiences with the murderer who was executed at Florida State Prison in 1989.

3

For Life

The new ABC series follows the life of Isaac Wright, Jr., a man who was wrongfully convicted of being a drug kingpin. While in prison, he became a proxy-lawyer for his fellow inmates and wrote briefs and motions to overturn convictions for close to 20 people. His conviction was overturned, and he now works as an attorney helping others who were wrongly accused. The show comes from producers Hank Steinberg, Curtis ‘50 Cent’ Jackson, and Doug Robinson.

4

American Crime Story: Impeachment

Ryan Murphy is taking on Bill Clinton’s impeachment story in American Crime Story for FX. Beanie Feldstein is set to play Monica Lewinsky, and Murphy’s frequent star Sarah Paulson is on as Linda Tripp. The show will likely begin production in late March. For now, just relive Clinton’s impeachment speech from back when.

5

The Barking Murders

The BBC One series from Stephen Merchant features the story of British serial rapist and killer Stephen Port, aka “the Grindr Killer.” Merchant plays the notorious killer who raped and murdered four young men he met through dating websites between 2014 and 2015. The series will be told from the perspective of Port’s victims’ families as they try to figure out what happened to their sons and brothers.

6

Dr. Death

This NBC series is about Christopher Duntsch, aka “Dr. Death” or “Dr. D,” a former Dallas area neurosurgeon whose patients ended up either maimed or dead after surgeries. The show, based on the Wondery podcast of the same name stars Alec Baldwin, Jamie Dornan, and Christian Slater.

7

Inventing Anna

Remember that New York Magazine story about Anna Delvey? Now there will be a series from Shonda Rhimes and Netflix depicting the real-life Anna Sorokin, who pretended to be a German heiress and pulled the wool over countless New York socialites’ eyes. Julia Garner stars as Delvey/Sorokin and Anna Chlumsky stars as journalist Jessica Pressler.

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