More True-Crime Among The Mormons
Murder Among The Mormons is the latest Netflix true crime binge and an absolutely enthralling watch from start to finish. If you’ve finished watching this one and have found yourself itching for more, fret not!
We’ve combed through the archives and saved you the hassle of having to try and find something similar with our top 10 picks for alternate viewing.
To keep things simple for skim-readers we’ve added what similarities these have.
Of course for all the shows we’ve reviewed, we’ve also added a handy link so you can check out our full thoughts on that series and see if it’s something you want to invest your time with.
So without further ado, we present 10 TV shows that should whet the appetite when you’ve finished streaming Murder Among The Mormons.
The Devil Next Door
Similarities – Questionable Characters
The Devil Next Door is a gripping docu-series revolving around a Cleveland grandfather called Demjanjuk, accused of being the infamous German death camp guard, Ivan The Terrible. Extradited from America and shipped off to Israel, this documentary follows his story across five thought provoking and gripping episodes.
Essentially the five episodes focus on Demjanjuk’s court trial, with lots of archival footage and drama in the court room. While a little more straight forward than Murder Among The Mormons, this one is just as gripping.
How to Fix a Drug Scandal
Similarities – Corruption
Back in 1971, President Nixon declared drug abuse as America’s “public enemy number one.” From crack cocaine to heroin right the way through to marijuana and MDMA, the War On Drugs was ultimately a failure – with the Government admitting as much way back in 2011.
Since this time, drug use has soared and with it, the number of drug-related criminal convictions in the United States. What happens then when the chemists in charge of those convictions for supposed drug users start tampering with the evidence and taking drugs themselves? Step forward Netflix’s How To Fix A Drug Scandal.
This four-part true crime series may not be as shocking or wild as some of the other efforts Netflix have put out recently but what it lacks in shocks and twists, it more than makes up for with stylish presentation and interesting narration.
Although the series has a tendency to re-use a lot of the re-enactment scenes, and the transcript sections will almost certainly feel distracting if you opt to put subtitles on, there’s enough in this series to make this 4-hour deep dive into the world of drugs worth the trip.
Similarities – Corruption
Dirty Money’s two seasons collate a series of episodes that could very easily be films in their own right. With their own directorial style and a damning look at the darker side of business, this documentary series exposes the corruption, exploitation and outright crooked nature of some of the world’s most powerful players.
It’s an eye opening and poignant reminder that money talks and no matter the cost, these men and women will always be above the law.
If you’re looing for something with a similar look at corruption and forgery, Dirty Money has some really compelling and shocking episodes well worth checking out.
Wild Wild Country
Similarities – Cults & Con-Men
With 6 episodes a little over an hour each, this fascinating and often shocking series follows the enigmatic Indian Guru Rajneesh (later known as Osho) and his movement that saw hundreds of thousands of people following his teachings and the problems this caused for a small neighboring town in America. Eventually causing issues for the country as a whole.
Featuring interviews with key members of the group, law enforcement, politicians and affected residents in town, Wild Wild Country takes a rare glimpse into the life of a cult before depicting the ugly underbelly of this movement that threatened to change America forever.
Despite the length of each episode, Wild Wild Country never feels like it drags or meanders on unnecessarily. The first episode looks at the beginning of the movement and its eventual relocation to the Oregon desert in the USA where the issues started. As the episodes progress, what initially looks like a positive, fascinating utopia quickly evolves into a dangerous, scandalous movement that almost changed America forever.
Similarities – Hunting A Bomber
Based on true events, Manhunt: Unabomber blurs the line between fact and fiction in this dramatized reconstruction of the Unabomber case in 1995. Although it suffers from unnecessary padding in the middle episodes, Manhunt is a decent show sprinkled with some excellent acting. The show has a solid pacing too, producing an enthralling, binge-worthy show about the notorious postal bomb killer.
Informative and surprisingly realistic in the way it depicts investigative work, Manhunt: Unabomber should be a hit with true crime fans.
Don’t F*** With Cats
Similarities – Hunting A Killer & Plot Twists
Social media is both a blessing and a curse. At its worst, toxic comments and death threats contribute toward some pretty horrific content being shared around. By comparison, positive hashtag trends and activist movements can genuinely bring communities together and create a powerful symbol or image to push meaningful change.
What happens then when both these worlds collide together? Step forward Netflix Documentary Series, Don’t F**k With Cats.
Extraordinary, shocking and visually unique, the three episode run-time perfectly captures this case in all its glory. Don’t F**k With Cats is one of the more unique and unusual cases on this list and a must-watch if you haven’t seen it already.
Ted Bundy: Falling for a Killer
Similarities – Interviews With Victims
Ted Bundy: Falling For A Killer breathes new life into a topic that’s been retold a number of times before. Slanting the viewpoint toward the victims rather than Bundy himself is a much welcome change, with Elizabeth and Molly telling their stories with clarity. There’s a poignant tone hanging over every part of the show too, and all of this ties in reasonably well with the political elements woven throughout.
While on the surface, Falling for a Killer feels in danger of losing itself in the sea of other Bundy documentaries out there, Amazon Prime’s documentary offers up an important and unique viewpoint not often shared. If there’s one documentary series that nails the art of deception – this is it.
Similarities – Crazy Case
Much like the beautiful lush forests of California, there’s something dark and sinister lurking behind Murder Mountain’s façade. An ugly rot at the heart of Humboldt County grows as the missing bodies continue to rise in a community mired in conspiracy, secrets and murder. Welcome to the Californian cannabis trade.
This six-episode documentary is an interesting, surprising and oftentimes unnerving look at the extent of corruption and the danger cannabis farming breeds, with an absorbing murder mystery at its core for good measure. With three distinct subplots woven together, Murder Mountain can feel a little too busy for its own good but it remains an enthralling watch nonetheless.
Similarities – Religion & Mystery
You’d be forgiven for thinking Murder Among The Mormons would go the same route as 2017’s intoxicating true-crime treat, The Keepers. While the former takes a very different approach, The Keepers keeps on tumbling down the rabbit hole, exposing corruption, a big cover-up and an unresolved mystery that causes a lingering pain nearly five decades later.
The nun in question is Sister Catherine Cesnik who had a suspected link to a priest accused of abuse. The first episode essentially looks at the overarching case before diving deep into the background and events surrounding this case – including a damning look at the priest in question.
Engrossing and well written, The Keepers is definitely one of the better options in Netflix’s illustrious true crime library.
Similarities – Shocking Case
Split across four informative parts, Evil Genius: The True Story of America’s Most Diabolical Bank Heist is an in-depth true-crime documentary series exploring the infamous Pizza Bomber Heist in America. For those outside the US this is likely to be a relatively unknown story and the incredulous way this tale unravels raises a lot of questions early on.
Those more familiar with the story will still find interest here too though, as the series combines archival footage, interview segments and mainstream news reporting with never-before-seen footage to help piece together the bizarre mystery that gripped America for years.
The ending is every bit as shocking and satisfying as one may expect, bringing another truly engrossing and absorbing series to Netflix.
So there we have it, our 10 TV show alternatives to watch when you’re finished with Murder Among The Mormons on Netflix.
What do you think of our picks? Do you agree? Are there any notable omissions? Let us know in the comments below!