True Crime Documentaries

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BBC Select delves into the world of true crime with a range of eye-opening documentaries. Learn more about crimes that made the headlines including the Wests and Jimmy Saville, shocking misdemeanors from recent times in Britain and America, as well as unlawful acts from the past including the crimes of Jack the Ripper.

War and Justice: The Case of Marine A

War and Justice: The Case of Marine A

In Afghanistan, 2011, Royal Marine Alexander Blackman shot an unarmed Taliban insurgent in the chest. After an investigation and recovered head-cam footage, he became the first member of the UK armed forces in recent history to be convicted of battlefield murder. This compelling documentary investigates the case. Was Blackman a murderer or a soldier struggling with the pressures of war?

The Apartheid Killer

The Apartheid Killer

South Africa in the 1980s. A serial killer is on the loose, hunting his victims after dark. In three years, he kills at least 39 people. Every single victim is black. In a powerful new documentary, ‘The Apartheid Killer’ explores the legacy of these atrocities, giving voice to the relatives of victims and delving deep into the mind of the murderer, in search of his secrets.

The Missing Cryptoqueen

The Missing Cryptoqueen

Ruja Ignatova is the flamboyant founder of fake cryptocurrency OneCoin. Dubbed the ‘Missing Cryptoqueen’, she’s on the FBI’s Ten Most Wanted Fugitives list after defrauding investors of $4.5 billion and then vanishing. This true crime documentary investigates her close ties to a suspected Bulgarian organized crime boss and allegations that she was brutally murdered. But is there much more to the story?

Dead Calm: Killing in the Med?

Dead Calm: Killing in the Med?

In June 2023, an overloaded trawler flips in front of a Greek coast guard patrol boat. More than 600 men, women and children die in the water. A billionaire’s super yacht takes survivors to shore. The accounts of these survivors suggest that coast guard is at fault–something the Greek authorities deny. This film reveals the dark secret hidden behind the beauty of Greece’s holiday islands.

The Body in the Bag

The Body in the Bag

In 2010, intelligence officer Gareth Williams was found dead inside a locked bag in the bath of his London flat. The case became one of the biggest unsolved mysteries in recent British history. Even now, the public are still asking what happened to this codebreaker, branded a genius since childhood. This true crime documentary investigates whether he acted alone or if other forces were involved.