True crime series are having a moment right now. It's a perfect storm that first started brewing in Fall 2014 with Serial, a podcast that meticulously questioned the legitimacy of the conviction of Adnan Syed, for the murder of his then girlfriend, Hae Min Lee. Serial didn't just capture the nation's attention (the way no other podcast has managed before or since), it also recently resulted in the granting of a new trial for Syed.
A few months after Serial's enormous success, HBO unleashed The Jinx, a chilling documentary series that cataloged the life of real estate heir Robert Durst and the suspicious deaths peppered throughout his life. Durst participated in the making of the series, but a jaw-dropping finale resulted in his arrest on charges of first-degree murder. Durst is currently serving time for weapons offenses, and pre-trial hearings for the murder of Durst's friend, Susan Berman, began earlier this year.
Later in 2015, Netflix blew open the case of Steven Avery and his nephew Brendan Dassey, who were convicted of the murder of photographer Teresa Halbach. As a result of Making a Murderer, Dassey had his conviction overturned. Earlier this month, Avery had his request for a new trial denied, but his lawyer, Kathleen Zellner, has vowed to keep fighting to set him free.
All three of these series captivated America, started national conversations, and made the country wonder if we can trust our justice system to do its job properly.