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For Real Scares, Stream These Horrific Documentaries on Netflix This Halloween

You can't make these scares up.
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Spooky season is fast approaching. This year, Halloween falls on a Wednesday, which means All Saints' Day and All Souls' Day are Thursday and Friday respectively. It'll be a long weekend to commemorate the dearly departed with friends and family—and also to catch up over horror movies.

But if horror isn't your thing, consider partaking of a different sort of scare: the kind you can get from true stories. This Halloween, terrify yourself for real, with documentaries and docu-series available on Netflix. These are the kind of frights you can't make up—the ones that resonate in a way that fiction rarely does. Check them out:

Making a Murderer: Part 2 — streams on October 19

In the second part of Netflix's critically-acclaimed true crime docu-series, Emmy Award-winning filmmakers Laura Ricciardi and Moira Demos return to the Midwest where they have exclusive access to convicted murderer Steven Aver, his co-defendant and nephew Brendan Dassey, their families, and the legal teams fighting for justice on their behalf. Over the course of 10 new episodes, Making a Murderer Part 2 provides an in-depth look at the high-stakes post conviction process, exploring the emotional toll the process takes on all involved.

Haunted — streams on October 19

From the executive producers of The Purge franchise and Lore, Haunted gives a chilling glimpse into the first-person accounts from people who have witnessed horrifying, peculiar, extraordinary supernatural events and other unexplained phenomenons that continue to haunt them.

I AM A KILLER — now streaming

In this docu-series, some of history's most notorious killers who have been convicted of capital murder—including one who was sentenced for a triple murder at the height of America's Satanic panic—give a firsthand account of their heinous crimes. Watch the trailer.


The Keepers — now streaming

From director Ryan White comes The Keepers, a riveting seven-part documentary series about the unsolved murder of a Baltimore nun and the horrific secrets and pain that linger nearly five decades after her death.

Inside the Criminal Mind — now streaming

Explore the psychological machinations and immoral behavior that define the most nefarious types of criminals, including Charles Manson and Al Capone. Watch the trailer.

Evil Genius — now streaming

This baffling true crime story starts with the grisly death of a pizza man who robs a bank with a bomb around his neck—and gets weirder from there.

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