6 Serial Killer Documentaries to Put on Your Watch List


The old saying that truth is stranger than fiction definitely holds true when it comes to real-life serial killers.  Some of the weirdest and most disturbing stories weren’t created by a screenwriter, they’re 100% real.  Horror fans with an interest in the twisted minds and gruesome acts of real serial killers have lots of documentaries to choose from.  Here are a few that the critics have singled out as among the best. For more awesome crime documentaries check out crimedocumentary.com


The Pig Farm (2011)

Robert Pickton was a wealthy Canadian pig farmer who was charged with the murder of 27 women, and convicted of 6 of them.  “The Pig Farm” tells the story of this notorious serial killer, including how for years he manipulated the people around him into not telling the police.


Carl Panzram:  The Spirit of Hatred and Vengeance (2011)

Carl Panzram was a serial killer and rapist whose brutal victimization as a youth may very well have led to his life of violent crime.  When he was on death row at Leavenworth Prison, he wrote his famously dark autobiography.  The film includes an interview with the guard who encouraged him to tell his story.


The Jeffrey Dahmer Files, aka Jeff (2012)

This documentary traces the story of Dahmer’s arrest for the murder of 17 boys and men in 1991, and combines traditional documentary techniques like interviews with scripted re-enactments featuring an actor playing Dahmer.


Albert Fish:  In Sin He Found Salvation (2007)

Albert Fish was a serial killer, cannibal, and child rapist whose brutal crime spree spanned many years in the early 1900s.  He had just about every sexual fetish there is and enjoyed writing about torturing, killing, and cannibalizing his victims in gory detail.


Tales of the Grim Sleeper (2014)

The “Grim Sleeper” was a man named Lonnie David Franklin, Jr. who killed at least 10 women in South Central Los Angeles over many years.  The filmmaker seeks out people who have encountered Franklin over the years, including women who managed to escape becoming victims themselves.


The Six Degrees of Helter Skelter (2009)

There have been a lot of Charles Manson movies over the years, but this documentary goes into incredible detail…visiting many key locations (like the Tate/Polanski house) and reviewing physical evidence like police and autopsy reports, rare photographs, and Manson Family recordings.



Images:  IMDb.



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