It’s one of the most popular genres on television, and now we’re taking a deeper look into the real life events that have inspired your favourite crime shows. From murders and bank heists to civil unrest, there’s no shortness of action in these six stories you can watch on Telstra TV tonight.

Evil Genius (Netflix)

Evil Genius on Telstra TV

If you loved Making a Murderer, you’ll love playing detective in Netflix’s new investigative doco. EVIL GENIUS takes a deep-dive into the baffling true-crime story where one master-manipulator constructed a detailed bank heist involving a pizza delivery man, a shot-gun disguised as a walking stick, and an explosive collar bomb. As the episodes pan out and more information is revealed, viewers will come to realise the intense planning that led one highly-intelligent woman to piece together the whole thing, leaving a sting of deaths behind her.

American Crime Story: The Assassination of Gianni Versace (Foxtel Now)

True Crime Story: The Assassination of Gianni Versace on Telstra TV

Colourful, dramatic and utterly captivating, this highly anticipated true crime series on Foxtel Now puts a surprisingly glamourous twist on the murder of one of fashion’s biggest icons. AMERICAN CRIME STORY: THE ASSASSINATION OF GIANNI VERSACE delves into the life of spree-killer Andrew Cunanan (Darren Criss), the man who fatally shot Versace outside his South Beach home. With an A-list cast including Édgar Ramírez, Ricky Martin and Penélope Cruz, there’s no shortness of talent as the show examines the cultural homophobia and prejudice that surrounded this infamous case.

Wolf Creek (Stan)

Wolf Creek on Telstra TV

It was one of the scariest Australian films to date, and this thrilling Stan series brings the 2005 classic to the silver screen. With two thrilling seasons, WOLF CREEK welcomes back John Jarratt as he revisits his iconic role as psychotic serial killer Mick Taylor. Based on a series of terrifying real-life murders by Ivan Malat, the show follows a group of American tourist who are attacked, leading the soul-survivor to hunt down the perpetrator and serve her family justice. Prepare yourself for a load of suspense, brilliant acting and an irrational fear of the Aussie outback.

Detroit (BigPond Movies)

Detroit on Telstra TV

DETROIT tells the gripping true story of one of the darkest moments during the civil unrest that rocked the city in 1967. The film closely follows a security guard caught up in the crossfire after a late-night police raid sparked a violent revolt. With Detroit turning into a war zone, viewers will see policeman facing off against civilians on BigPond Movies as they begin forcefully interrogating guests of a nearby hotel they’ve seized. With incredible battle scenes straight out of history, this is one true crime film you can’t miss.

Cartel Land (DocPlay)

Cartel Land on Telstra TV

With unprecedented access into Mexico’s vicious drug cartels, this fearless exposé follows two modern-day vigilante groups and their shared enemies. CARTEL LAND gives viewers never-before-seen footage of the real brutality behind the ongoing drug war, spreading from Michoacán to Arizona, providing front-seat access into an inescapable world of violence and corruption. If you’ve loved shows like Narcos and El Chapo, you’re sure to enjoy this insider glance into the real world of crime in this exciting documentary on DocPlay.

The Disappearance of Maura Murray (hayu)

The Disappearance of Maura Murray on Telstra TV

This well-researched doco-series investigates the mysterious disappearance of a young nursing student in 2004. After crashing her car into a snowbank on a remote US highway, Maura Murray disappeared without one shred of evidence. Now, 14 years on, THE DISAPPEARANCE OF MAURA MURRAY series hopes to shed some light on a case that has perplexed loved ones and investigators alike. You’ll love coming on board the journey as filmmakers share exclusive interviews and theories with hayu to help solve the real reason behind Maura’s disappearance.

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