True crime documentaries

BBC Select delves into the world of past and present true crime, hosting a number of disturbing BBC documentaries. You can watch these studies featuring the likes of Jack the Ripper and Jimmy Saville in the US and Canada today.

The Bambers: Murder At The Farm

Image of the home of the bambers

Three generations of a single family brutally murdered. The man convicted of the crimes has claimed innocence for 35 years. This true crime documentary delves into the UK’s infamous White House Farm massacre. In 1986, Jeremy Bamber was found guilty of shooting his parents, sister, and six-year-old twin nephews at the family’s rural farmhouse. But is his conviction potentially flawed?

Ep 1: A Family Slain

A family are found dead, but police suspicions of a murder-suicide are soon changed. On 7th August 1985, local police entered a secluded farmhouse to find five dead bodies: a young mother Sheila Caffell, her twin sons, and her pa rents. Police initially suspect a murder-suicide has taken place. But then the behavior of the surviving son, Jeremy, starts to raise eyebrows. This compelling true crime documentary looks at the initial investigation at White House Farm.

Ep 2: Unsettling

Evidence Jeremy Bamber’s pleas of innocence are contradicted by a devastating piece of evidence. Always pleading his innocence, Jeremy Bamber is accused of brutally killing his entire family at their remote farmhouse. His mammoth, extensive trial, which grips the nation, divides public opinion. As this true crime documentary reveals, Bamber alleges his sister committed the murders. But the sudden appearance of a crucial piece of evidence dramatically contradicts his story.

Ep 3: A Motive Emerges

Jeremy’s relationship with his parents comes under the microscope. Is there a motive? As the trial continues for the brutal killings at White House Farm, Jeremy Bamber’s relationship with his parents comes under the microscope. Could this reveal a possible motive for the murders and dismiss the suspicions aimed at his sister? As this compelling true crime documentary reveals, the British press soon turns its attention to Jeremy’s missing girlfriend, Julie.

Ep 4: Damning Verdict

Bamber is imprisoned for life but decides to challenge his verdict and clear his name. Jeremy Bamber is convicted of all five brutal murders at White House Farm and is sent to prison for life. Still pleading his innocence, he fights his conviction from his maximum-security prison cell and is determined to clear his name. As this true crime documentary shows, others believe his story and soon a band of campaigners and internet sleuths support him. But will the truth ever be revealed?

A Murder In Washington

A silencer gun pointed at the white house

In 2016 Seth Rich, a young staffer working for the Democrats, was shot in the back in a Washington D.C. street at 4am. The authorities believed he was the victim of a robbery gone wrong. But as this fascinating documentary reveals, his death has spawned a number of conspiracy theories. Was Seth involved in the leaking of sensitive emails? Or is his death being exploited for political gain?

One Bullet In Belize

This compelling true crime documentary tells the true story of the shocking death of a cop and the woman who fired the gun.

In May 2021, the body of police chief Henry Jemmott is pulled from the sea in Belize, killed by a bullet to the back of his head. Socialite Jasmine Hartin is the woman who pulled the trigger , but she says the shooting was an accident. Jemmott’s family are convinced there’s a cover up. Jasmine believes she is pitted against powerful enemies. This exclusive look at the shooting attempts to uncover the truth.

Untold: The Murder of James Bulger

Untold: The Muder of James Bulger

This is the inside story of the murder of toddler James Bulger. In 1993, this case stunned the UK and has seeped into the public consciousness like no other crime in history. With chilling insights from the detectives who investigated the murder, the professionals who worked with the killers, and politicians who dealt with the legacy of the case, this landmark true crime documentary series asks how two young boys could be responsible?

EP 1: The Vanishing

Worry soon turns to horror as a small child suddenly vanishes from a shopping mall. In February 1993, two-year-old James Bulger suddenly vanished while visiting a shopping mall. His terrified mother alerted the police and a nail-biting search began. As this gripping true crime documentary shows, a breakthrough is made within hours when CCTV reveals the child with two young boys. It’s thought he’d soon be found safe. But
hope soon turns to horror when a body is found.

EP 2: Horror Revealed

Police make a shocking breakthrough in the case as two children become the main suspects. The body of two-year-old James Bulger has been found. Police assume that only an adult could have committed a crime so horrific. But, as this intense true crime documentary reveals, two ten-year-old boys are soon the main suspects. Police are shocked at their youth, but interviews quickly identify something odd about the children. Both are manipulative but one of them seems especially sinister.

EP 3: The Aftermath

The hideous details of the murder are revealed in court as two young boys are convicted. The terrible
murder of toddler James Bulger reaches court, where the true horror of the crime is revealed. Two ten-year-old boys are found guilty and imprisoned, the youngest convicted murderers in modern British history. But their conviction is not the end of the story. As this shocking true crime documentary concludes, questions are asked about the reasons behind this terrible crime.

Untold: The Wests

Untold: The Wests

It’s one of Britain’s most notorious crimes: a killer couple, Fred and Rose West, living in a house of horrors. The 12 women killing spree went undiscovered for years. With exclusive witness testimony and rarely seen archival footage, this definitive true crime documentary reveals the true horror of The Wests. Told by those who lived it, this is the story of how an innocuous couple became notorious killers.

EP 1: Murder Unearthed

In March 1994, a grisly discovery is made in an ordinary suburban garden. Bodies are found at the home of Fred and Rose West. The remains include their missing daughter and local residents who mysteriously disappeared without trace. But, as this shocking true crime documentary reveals, this is only the beginning. The question for investigators is how much worse can this nightmare get?

EP 2: The House of Horrors

As the extent of their hideous crimes emerge, the Wests soon turn on each other. The true horror of life at the home of Fred and Rose West begins to emerge. Abuse, rape, violence and uniquely twisted sexual activities come to light. In a shocking twist during the investigation, the Wests turn on each other. After implicating his wife, Fred West commits suicide. Now Rose is the focus of the investigations. But how involved was she in the hideous events that took place in her home?

EP 3: Twisted Nature

As the murder trial approaches, the true twisted nature of Rose West is revealed. The date of the murder trial draws near as investigators peel back the layers of crimes at The Wests’ home. They find a woman with an appetite for extreme violence, cruelty and the darkest of sexual desires. But with little to go on beyond circumstantial evidence, and her husband now dead, can she be successfully convicted?