People seems to enjoy Netflix’s true crime documentaries, and there’s a new one coming up that true crime enthusiasts won’t want to miss. It’s titled American Murder: The Family Next Door and it centers on a mother and her two daughters who went missing in Colorado back in 2018.
This is already a well-known story covered by the media. It was the subject for an episode of 20/20, a special on ID, and a Lifetime movie. Now Netflix is taking it on and like most of their true crime docs, I’m sure it will dig into things that weren’t previously covered.
Here’s the synopsis:
In 2018, 34-year-old Shanann Watts and her two young daughters went missing in Frederick, Colorado. As heartbreaking details emerged, their story made headlines worldwide. Told entirely through archival footage that includes social media posts, law enforcement recordings, text messages and never-before-seen home videos, director Jenny Popplewell pieces together an immersive and truthful examination of a police investigation and a disintegrating marriage. AMERICAN MURDER: THE FAMILY NEXT DOOR is the first film to give a voice to the victims.
The mother, Shanann Watts, was a social media blogger, so there’s a lot of video footage of her and her family life, all of which came into play in the case.
The documentary comes from director Jenny Popplewell and it will arrive on Netflix on September 30.