In order to survive, “McMillion$” relies on nostalgia.
While on the lookout for Boardwalk and Park Place in the Monopoly game, I had numerous fries and sodas fromMcDonalds. From 1989 through 2001, Mark Wahlberg’s six-part series “The Sweep” reveals that the sweepstakes were manipulated, and I’m relieved to know that. Mickey D’s had no idea that winning tickets had been stolen and sold to bogus “winners” for years. This true-crime Happy Meal comes complete with a toy version of the main characters (headed by the funny and animated FBI Special Agent Doug Mathews) as if the scandal itself weren’t already enticing enough.
1. ‘Fear City: New York vs. The Mafia’ (Netflix)
“Fear City: New York vs. The Mafia” has a less dismal tone than other true-crime documentaries.. During the 1970s and 1980s, New York was ruled by five mob families: the Gambino, Gambini, Gambini, Gambini, Gambini, and Gambini. In addition to being a pleasant ride, the explanation of how the mobsters were spied on provides plenty of tension.
2. ‘Jeffrey Epstein: Filthy Rich’ (Netflix)
Four-episode series highlights the devastating stories of his accusers, who say they were victimized by a man who looked untouchable because of his wealth and connections. It’s gratifying, however, to know that his alleged crimes and those of his colleagues have been exposed. “Filthy Rich” author Jeffrey Epstein’s accomplice Ghislaine Maxwell was arrested in July and accused of helping Epstein acquire underage females, some reports describing her as a previous girlfriend. In her defense, she has stated that she is innocent.
Guilty of introducing Prince Andrew to underage lovers, Ghislaine Maxwell denies in deposition transcripts
3. ‘Killer Inside: The Mind of Aaron Hernandez’ (Netflix)
The sins of Aaron Hernandez, a former star of the New England Patriots, were exposed in a three-part docuseries for non-fans who are more interested in the Super Bowl halftime show than the big game. Odin Lloyd, a guy who was sexually engaged with the sister of Hernandez’s fiancée, was killed by Hernandez in 2013. It comprises recordings of Hernandez’s phone calls to and from prison, as well as a look at Hernandez’s dark and at times violent environment.
4. ‘Love Fraud’ (Showtime)
One of the victims of serial con artist Richard Scott Smith, Sabrina Dunlap, wonderfully encapsulates the mood of “Love Fraud” in the four-part docuseries. In her opinion, retribution is the finest way to get over a guy. “Going to a therapist isn’t the answer. Just keep your head up and don’t worry about it too much.” There are many of the women Smith wooed (and occasionally even married) in the project, which is a fascinating manhunt, as well as a glimpse into Smith’s upbringing and the toll he had on those who loved him. A bounty hunter and private investigators assist the women in their hunt for Smith. It’s tough to look away from an interview with the deranged perpetrator.
Con artist Richard Scott Smith has a former fiancee who describes him as “pure evil” ahead of the “Love Fraud” documentary series.
5. ‘Murder to Mercy: The Cyntoia Brown Story’ (Netflix)
While serving a life sentence for the murder of Johnny Allen, Cyntoia Brown was just 16 years old when she was found guilty of the crime.
She was granted mercy after spending 15 years and winning the support of celebrities like Rihanna and Kim Kardashian West for her self-defense allegation of shooting the 43-year-old. Context for the shooting and hardships faced by Brown are provided in “Murder to Mercy,” but it also shows the personal growth he achieved while in prison. The documentary’s hopeful conclusion is provided by the protagonist’s growth and eventual liberation.
To her 16-year-old self, Cyntoia Brown-Long wrote a letter.
6. ‘Outcry’ (Showtime)
I couldn’t stop talking about “Outcry” after binge-watching it. Greg Kelley’s hopes of playing college football were shattered by charges of inappropriate behavior with youngsters after he excelled on his high school squad in Leander, Texas. Kelley and his capacity to remain committed and positive in the face of allegations and punishment are the major lure in the five-episode series.
7. ‘The Pharmacist’ (Netflix)
Dan Schneider, a pharmacist in Louisiana, deserves a round of applause. Schneider becomes a dedicated investigator when his son is murdered while trying to acquire drugs in New Orleans. In the four-episode series, his anguish as a grieving dad is apparent and gut-wrenching. Despite this, his determination in finding a solution to his son’s tragedy is admirable. On top of that, Schneide starts on a trip to help prevent the deaths of other young people he suspects of misusing prescription medicines by looking into a doctor who prescribes a lot of drugs and the pharmaceutical company itself.
8. ‘Ted Bundy: Falling for a Killer’ (Amazon Prime)
Ted Bundy is a serial killer whose name will never fade from the public’s consciousness. Instead than focusing on the murderer, “Falling for a Killer” enlists the cooperation of survivors, victims’ families, his longterm girlfriend Elizabeth Kendall, and Kendall’s daughter, Molly, to investigate his narrative. In the light of Bundy’s horrible deeds, the women’s memories of the good times are captivating – and downright scary. Molly says, “I thought he was fantastic.” “He made me laugh, and he was a part of my upbringing.”
By way of example, Ted Bundy’s ex-wife Elizabeth Kendall describes the devastation she witnessed in the television series “Fallen for a Killer.”
9. ‘Tiger King: Murder, Mayhem and Madness’ (Netflix)
Among the year’s best true-crime stories is the “Tiger King,” a viral sensation that emerged just as the United States began evacuating itself from a strange disease.
During the course of seven chapters, Joseph Schreibvogel, better known as Joe Exotic, a big cat lover, a blonde mullet enthusiast, a gun and explosives enthusiast, and a resident of Oklahoma’s Greater Wynnewood Exotic Animal Park, was depicted in an ever-evolving storyline. An alleged murder-for-hire plot? A polyamorous marriage? A mysterious disappearance? It was made mandatory viewing for 2020 for a reason.