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Netflix's latest true crime doc is a must watch for conspiracy fans

Critics are loving Netflix's latest documentary...

Netflix's latest true crime doc is a must watch for conspiracy fans
Marc Chacksfield
03 March 2024

Netflix has made some of the most jaw-dropping true crime documentaries of recent times - and now it has just dropped another must-watch series.

American Conspiracy: The Octopus Murders is laced with the perfect ingredients for a true-crime show. There's conspiracy, murder and apparent links to some of the biggest scandals of recent years.

It also showcases what happens when a journalist gets too deep into a story that they are trying to uncover.

We don't want to give too much away but the official plot is that the doc: "Follows journalist Danny Casolaro's mysterious death while probing an alleged conspiracy called The Octopus linking spy software theft, unsolved murders and major 20th-century scandals."

The show has been created by Duplass Brothers Productions - they were also involved in Wild Wild Country, another Netflix doc masterpiece.

Netflix's latest true crime doc is a must watch for conspiracy fans
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The show was only released 28 February, but it has leapt into the top 10 global charts at number 8, with critics loving the doc. Currently it has an 88% Rotten Tomatoes rating. reckons: “American Conspiracy: The Octopus Murders sometimes feels like its spinning its own wheels, but that becomes an effective way to replicate what undeniably happened to Danny Casolaro."

The Daily Beast notes: "Enticing viewers with the promise of world-shattering secrets and then miring them in a thicket of debatable facts, dubious conjecture, and manic fantasy, it’s an expert case of true-crime form echoing its content."

While Rolling Stone explains: "It’s a significant cut above most true crime fare, aesthetically and especially thematically."