True crime is a genre that has the complete foundation of a rounded storytelling: Intriguing characters, intense suspense, and a pressing that is often (mostly) quenched when the puzzle is in full piece at the end. The genre also has another selling point: catharsis. It has been becoming increasingly popular by the day as it is one of the most mind-boggling genres that keep you on the edge of your seat. Let us look into the huge variety of True Crime shows that HBO Max offers:
McMillions is all about the fraud regarding the corrupted McDonald’s Monopoly game from 1989 to 2001. The con, which totaled $24 million, involved not only the FBI but everything from PR firms to the mob. The true winning ingredient of McMillions is its colorful cast of characters, which sometimes robs the limelight away from the actual victims of this fraud.
Star Cast: : Daniel Peera, Michael C. Pizzuto, Alistair David Herz, Nicholas Adam Clark, William Daubert
Rating: 7.2/10 IMDb, 89% Rotten Tomatoes
Directors: James Lee Hernandez, Brian Lazarte
I Love You, Now Die: The Commonwealth vs. Michelle Carter (2019)
I Love You, Now I’m Dying: Commonwealth vs. Michelle Carter looks at modern technology, and how the criminal justice system is still reaching into the ever-changing and ever-changing world of text messaging and social media where crimes are committed within devices we hold in our hands. Michelle Carter is facing charges of sending her boyfriend aggressive messages urging him to commit suicide before he was found committing suicide in his car.
Star Cast: Jesse Barron, Joseph Cataldo, Dr. Peter Breggin
Rating: 7.5/10IMDb, 97% Rotten Tomatoes
Directors: Erin Lee Carr
I’ll be Gone in the Dark (2020-2021)
An intensive documentary of the case of the Golden State Killer who freaked California in the 1970s and 1980s,by committing 50 sexual assaults and 10 killings, and true crime writer Michelle McNamara’s unique quest to find closure for the sake of his victims.
Star Cast: Michelle McNamara, Patton Oswalt, Amy Ryan, Kris Pedretti
Directors: Liz Garbus
Murder on Middle Beach (2020)
Murder in Middle Beach is a shocking story about a son trying to solve his mother’s murder. Directed by Madison Hamburg, this four-part series focuses on the mysterious and brutal murder of her mother, Barbara Hamburg. To this day, the case is still unresolved, and Madison’s quest for truth is heartbreaking and profound as he plays your part both as a detective and as a troubled son. Growing up in a prosperous, beautiful Connecticut city with a happy family life, darkness enveloped her and led to a horrific divorce between her parents.
Star Cast: Madison Hamburg, Mark E. Safarik
100% Rotten Tomatoes
Directors: Madison Hamburg
Atlanta’s Missing and Murdered: The Lost Children (2020)
An unexplained shock occurred in Atlanta from 1979 to 1981. A series of assassins caused havoc in the city, and at least 30 African-American children and young adults disappeared or were found murdered. Atlanta’s Missing and Urdered: Missing Children is a difficult but necessary observation as it checks who gets the attention of both the media and the police during a murder investigation, and who doesn’t.
Star Cast: Sheila Baltazar, Jim Procopio, Tony Axam, Danny Agan
The Jinx: The Life and Deaths of Robert Durst (2015)
The main six-part documentary directed and produced by Andrew Jarecki and produced and shot by Marc Smerling (Oscar nominees after `Capturing the Friedmans’). The story discusses the bizarre history of housing heir Robert Robertst, who has long been blamed for the unresolved disappearance of his wife in 1982 and the murder of a family friend Susan Berman and neighbor Morris Black. Including extended dialogue, exposing himself and Durst himself, Jarecki built a different relationship with him after the release of ‘All Good Things’,’ Jarecki’s 2010 feature about Durst’s life starring Ryan Gosling and Kirsten Dunst. `Jinx ‘is the result of nearly a decade of research by filmmakers, exposing police files, key witnesses, unprecedented photographs, private prison recordings, and thousands of pages of previously hidden documents.
Star Cast: Andrew Jarecki. Self
Gary Napoli. Robert Durst
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Debra Kay Anderson. Susan Berman
Chelsea Gonzalez. Kathie Durst
Gilberte Najamy. Susan Berman.
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Directors: Andrew Jarecki
Lady and the Dale (2021)
The thrilling story of a talented grifter, Lady and the Dale reveals the horrific crime and evil of Elizabeth “Liz” Carmichael. During the gas crisis in the 1970’s, Carmichael started the Twentieth Century Motor Car Company, which included a three-wheeler, gas-powered Dale, and soon found himself in hot water for both the law and the media. A previous crime-filled revelation, this was not Elizabeth’s first rodeo, and she had probably lived in lam all her life before appearing while advertising Dale. A limited four-part series, Lady and the Dale is an artfully told journey about the rise of the creative and death of one woman, and will make you guessed to the end.
Star Cast: Candi Michael, Gerry McGuinness, Gillian Cameron,
Rating: 6.8/10 IMDb
100% Rotten Tomatoes
Directors: Nick Cammilleri Zackary Drucker
The Case Against Adnan Syed (2019)
Currently, almost everyone has listened to at least one real crime podcast or watched one real crime series. All of this is because of the now-famous case against the convicted murderer, Adnan Syed, a high school student convicted of murdering his 18-year-old ex-girlfriend, Hae Min Lee, in 1999.
A re-examination of the disappearance and murder of 18-year-old Hae Min Lee in Baltimore County in 1999 and the conviction of her ex-boyfriend, Adnan Syed.
Star Cast: Sarah Koenig, Anne yao, Jay Wilds
Rating: 6.6/10 IMDb
82% Rotten Tomatoes
Directors: Amy J. Berg
Allen v. Farrow (2021)
A four-part series on Woody Allen’s sexual assault case involving Dylan, his then seven-year-old daughter and Mia Farrow; their subsequent imprisonment trial, the revelation of Allen’s relationship with Farrow’s daughter, So-Yi; and controversial consequences in later years.
Star Cast: Mia Farrow · Self ; Fletcher Previn · Self – Dylan’s Brother ; Dylan O’Sullivan Farrow · Self ; Casey Pascal · Self – Family Friend ; Priscilla Gilman.
Rating: 6.5/10 IMDb
82% Rotten Tomatoes
Directors: Kirby Dick; Amy Ziering
Grab a snack because these HBO Max True Crime Shows will keep you glued to your television for quite some time.