For all but the most obsessive fans, true crime documentaries have gotten a little stale in recent years. There's only so many times you can see drone shots of trees and false cliffhangers stretching the story out beyond its limits to keep viewers binging.
But American Murder: The Family Next Door takes a different style to tell its story that gripped the nation for weeks. Exclusively using archival footage, director Jenny Popplewell sifted through Facebook posts, body cam footage, and home videos to make this documentary. What began as a desperate search for Shannan Watts and her two daughters became a grisly murder investigation that pointed back to Shannan's husband Chris.
While the story has already been recounted in the usual spots – 20/20, HLN, and even a Lifetime movie – Netflix claims this is the first version to "give a voice to the victims." Check out the trailer below.
American Murder: The Family Next Door is currently streaming globally on Netflix.