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With Netflix constantly upping their content game, there is always something floating around to watch on there. Netflix creates original content and each of the documentaries I see on the platform, it leaves me shaken. Usually with a ton of questions too, which involves me doing countless hours of research after I’ve seen the programme to find out what is the latest, what has happened now and will there be a second part? Netflix alongside Channel 4 who I believe produce some of the best documentaries and they also aren’t afraid to break the rules. I was going to write this post on Netflix documentaries until I saw a documentary the other night called Three Identical Strangers which I knew had to share with you guys too. All four of these documentaries are pretty different from each other, as much as I am going to share why these documentaries are good, without giving too much away for those of you who haven’t seen it. If you’re like me and like to know a bit of background before watching something, feel free to stick around.
Three Identical Strangers:
This documentary at the start had all of the potential to be a happy ever after story, but if you’re like me and notice how long something is whilst watching, with this documentary I was awaiting a twist to happen, as it is over an hour and a half long, I knew something big was going to happen. The documentary is based around 3 ‘strangers’ who are actually triplets separated at birth and by a strange coincidence they end up finding each other, at first the two brothers find each other and it is in the papers and then a third comes forward. Honestly, you couldn’t write this stuff it’s just so shocking. As it goes on you follow a rollercoaster of emotions, until towards the end when some dark secrets come out, which to this day aren’t completely open. The reasons these 3 are split up at birth isn’t only disturbing but a complete mess and I understand the term not ‘playing god’ so much more now. It’s currently on 4 on demand if you are looking to catch up on this documentary.
The Ted Bundy Tapes:
A documentary series created by Netflix which had us taking a look into the devastating trail of victims left behind by the infamous Ted Bundy. There is so much still left uncovered in this startling documentary about a serial killer from the ’70s. Who was eventually given the death penalty in 1989. The documentary shares a look into the mind of Ted Bundy with tape recordings of interviews done with him whilst he was alive, as well as current day interviews with women who escaped his attack and also the families of those who weren’t so lucky. The thing that shocked most about Ted Bundy is that he didn’t ‘fit the part’ of a typical murderer. He was charming, had the looks and was able to talk his way into anything. He claimed 30 or more victims during his life. Some of which happened when he escaped from Prison, which he managed on two occasions! The documentary series looks into how he was able to get away with it for so long and the truth about Ted Bundy.
Abducted In Plain Sight:
Parts of this documentary since I watched this have become a meme, one scene in particular and when you watch this, you will understand a bit more as to why. But when I watched this documentary the entire time I was watching it I said wtf at least once every few minutes when you think it can’t get any weirder it somehow manages to. This is centred around Robert Birchall (also known throughout the film as B) a neighbour who had a whole family in his trap and 12 year Jan who he became fascinated with. The story is about how the family allowed this a sociopath to ‘kidnap’ their daughter twice, with him brainwashing the entire family and allowing him to do as he pleased with the 12-year-old, even marrying her in Mexico. Jan who is now 56 along with her family tell the story of how B was able to gain control of the entire situation by dragging her whole family into it. Honestly, this documentary had me yelling at the TV the entire way through, and to this day, I can’t believe this is a real thing that actually happened to Jan.
A documentary created around a festival called ‘Fyre’ which happened (or didn’t in this case) in 2017, around a CEO Billy Mcfarland and rapper Ja Rule who planned an entire luxury festival based on a private island which once belonged to Pablo Escobar. Selling tickets which amounted to millions and making a lot of false promises which ended up in the whole festival is a huge washout, with the locals left in masses of debt and the attendees out of pocket and left stranded on the island due to a storm. Billy wasn’t anywhere to be seen during this time and let his employees deal with it. Literally. The man behind the festival has ended up in jail for 6 years and he and Ja Rule are subject to a 100 million dollar lawsuit for the fraud which took place during the festival.