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Done With ‘The Vanishing at Cecil Hotel’? Here Are More True Crime Docs To Make Your Skin Crawl

‘The Vanishing At Cecil’ was full of conspiracies, but these 3 documentaries will make you triple-check that your doors are locked.



After charting in the Top 10 list of several countries – including Malaysia – ‘Crime Scene: The Vanishing at Cecil Hotel’ has left people with more questions than before. And if, afterwards, you were left thinking:


“Oh, I wish it had ended differently,”


“That really could have been summed up in 2 hours.”


Do we have The Solution for you!   Following our list of 5 of the scariest, most disturbing True Crime Documentaries (you shouldn’t watch at night), two of the three documentaries in this list have ties to ‘The Vanishing at Cecil Hotel’. However, different from ‘The Vanishing at Cecil Hotel’, the following list includes spine-chilling, gruesome and more fat-based explorations of true crimes. Where ‘The Vanishing at Cecil Hotel’ was heavy on the sensationalised conspiracy theories, these three will have you wishing all the facts were just conspiracies – they’re that terrifying!


‘Night Stalker: The Hunt for a Serial Killer’ (IMDb: 7.5/10 ; Rotten Tomatoes: 71%)

In the summer of 1985, panic gripped the residents of Greater Los Angeles as a serial killer left a series of murders and sexual assaults in his wake.

This is the story of Richard Ramirez. Dubbed “one of the most terrifying serial killers in American history”, Ramirez was convicted of 13 counts of murder, 5 counts of attempted murder, 11 counts of sexual assault, and 14 counts of burglary – although many believe that these numbers represent a mere fraction of the actual number of crimes he has committed. The documentary is shot from the point of view of the people who were most impacted by his crimes that went on in the West Coast between 1984 and 1985:  victims, reporters, and, most of all, the cops who caught him.


PLUS! Ramirez was rumoured to have stayed at the Cecil Hotel for a few weeks in the ‘80s…..


‘Unsolved Mysteries’

From the creators of the original “Unsolved Mysteries” docuseries and the producers of “Stranger Things.”

Dubbed the ’15th season’ – although technically a reboot – Unsolved Mysteries is back with 12 new episodes to explore and attempt to solve more unexplained disappearances, tragic events, and bizarre occurrences. There is no host or narrator in the latest episodes and each episode will now focus on one case, with a new case for each episode. What happened to the French aristocrat who disappeared after murdering his entire family? Did the sudden loss of lives in Japan’s 2011 tsunami result in supernatural encounters? It’s time to journey through some of the most complicated crimes – with some help from the detectives, journalists, and family members’.



‘Conversations with a Killer: The Ted Bundy Tapes’ (IMDb: 7.8/10 ; Rotten Tomatoes: 56%)

Present-day interviews, archival footage and audio recordings made on death row form a searing portrait of notorious serial killer Ted Bundy.

For years, Ted Bundy’s personality, good looks, and social graces masked the fact that he’s a serial killer, allowing him to hide in plain sight as he sexually assaulted and brutally murdered more than 30 women before being caught in 1978. Thirty years after Bundy’s 1989 execution, the docuseries is an intimate look into the workings of the criminal known as the “Jack Ripper of the United States.”  Directed by Joe Berlinger, who also helmed ‘Crime Scene: The Vanishing at Cecil Hotel’, this documentary brings the infamously twisted mind of a monster who defied serial killer-stereotypes through exclusive, previously unpublished interviews.



*Cover image credits: Netflix

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