The year of 2022 brought with it a wealth of content for true crime aficionados to consume, with topics ranging from fraud to theft to murder and more. But HBO Max in particularly had some of the best gems - thorough documentaries, breakdowns, and analyses of crimes that continue to capture our attention.
Check out these fascinating HBO Max documentaries in both film and series format, and vote up the ones that pulled you in most. Or, if you prefer a different streaming platform, head on over to The Scariest Netflix True Crime Docuseries That Made Us Lock Our Doors In 2022 and The Best New True Crime Shows Of 2022 (across all streaming platforms) for more.
And remember to stay safe out there…
- 10 VOTES
Gaming Wall Street covers a twisted series of events that took place just a year prior to its release.
In mid-late January 2021, GameStop, a previously declining brick-and-mortar video game retailer, saw a surge in their stock prices thanks to Redditors from r/WallStreetBets buying shares in the company, creating a short squeeze, and thoroughly trouncing big wig hedge fund investors that had dumped their investment capital into GameStop shorts. The story is an utterly fascinating case of retail investors (i.e. the little guy) banding together against Wall Street investors, and winning.
But the series isn't all fun and games at the expense of the rich, it also dives into wall street's dark underbelly, and just how common it is for people to abuse its systems.
Reporter Kim Wall was between freelance assignments when she decided to interview 46-year-old inventor and entrepreneur Peter Madsen about the amateur spacecraft he was building in Copenhagen, Denmark. On August 10, 2017, she boarded his submarine, the UC3 Nautilus, to do a quick profile she planned on pitching to Wired on the Danish inventor. Instead, Wall went missing sometime between the interview and the next day, and the whole affair turned into a high profile murder case.
After her dismembered body washed ashore on Amager, Denmark, a few weeks later, the investigation of the murder of Kim Wall was in full force, and Madsen was the prime suspect.
Undercurrent goes into detail on the case over two episodes, eventually revealing her killer as it covers their trial.
- 30 VOTES
A frequent criticism of the true crime genre is its consideration or lack thereof for victims, but with Phoenix Rising, the person who was affected is actually the one making the film. Evan Rachel Wood teamed up with seasoned crime documentary director Amy Berg to make this two part documentary, which chronicles her quest to pass the Phoenix Act in California.
The measure would extend the statute of limitations for victims of domestic abuse in California, and was inspired by Wood's own alleged abuse at the hands of Brian Warner (AKA Marilyn Manson). Her experiences were something she spoke out about during the Me Too era, but it wasn't until she begun working on this film that she actually accused Manson by name.
As for the filmmaking itself, anyone familiar with the director's past work - which includes 2014's An Open Secret (about pedophilia in Hollywood) and 2019's The Case Against Adnan Syed - knows they're in good hands with Berg.
On October 27, 2018, 46-year-old Robert Bowers entered the Tree of Life Synagogue in Pittsburgh, PA and opened fire, killing 11 people. All the while he screamed anti-Semitic slurs, and in addition to the 11 fatalities, several others were injured by the hate crime, including four police officers.
Though Bowers was thankfully captured and charged for his actions, the documentary centers not on the fallout from his side of the story, but rather how the Jewish community responded to the acts of violence through a series of interviews with those affected.