Best Netflix Serial Killer Documentaries
For anyone who loves true crime and spine-chilling documentaries on Netflix, we have a compilation of the best serial killer documentaries you can watch into the night.
Serial killers that are sensational and infamous, from Ted Bundy and Richard Ramirez (Night Stalker) to Jeffery Dahmer, have had people fascinated for a long time with stories up in the news and the entertainment sector.
So it isn’t shocking that most documentaries on serial killers have been produced around their stories and terrible exploits. These stories are frightening because they are rooted in reality. Therefore, they can happen to any of us.
Continue reading for recommendations that would get you strapped to the edge of your seats and keep you thrilled.
Night Stalker: The Hunt For a Serial Killer
This true crime documentary series on Netflix is about Richard Leyva Munoz Ramirez, born in 1960 and named the Night Stalker and Walk-in Killer of LA. He has been the subject of many movies.
He was a notorious murderer, child molester, kidnapper, and burglar who hid under the elegant pretense of sunny California and committed these atrocities during the 1980s. This true crime documentary series is not for the faint-hearted, and it’s most enjoyable to watch during the weekend.
Conversation with a Killer: The Jeffery Dahmer Tapes
You should see this Netflix documentary Conversation with a Killer if you have questions after watching the last episode of Monster: The Jeffery Dahmer Story. The documentary takes us through his notorious crimes in combination with unreleased conversations with his lawyer, Wendy Patrickus.
The Women and The Murderer
This Netflix documentary series about seven terrific murders between 1991 and 1997 in the Bastille neighborhood agitated Parisian society. All the victims of these murders were women who were tortured, raped, and killed. The killer, Guy Georges, was nicknamed “Beast of Bastille” by the french press.
Patricia Tourancheau and Mona Achache directed this thrilling Netflix documentary series which is based on the stories of the crimes and the victims through Anne Gautier’s voice (the mother of one of the victims) and Martine Monteil (the first woman to lead an elite investigation team in France called “Crime Brigade” in 1996).
This documentary on Netflix is outstanding because Tourancheau was present and part of the investigation in the 1990s as an emerging crime reporter. Therefore, the account of how Georges was convicted is more in-person and deeper.
Conversations with a Killer: The Ted Bundy Tapes
This Netflix documentary on Ted Bundy focuses on the notoriously disarming serial killer who targeted unsuspecting young women. The Ted Bundy Tapes tell the story of the murderer with taped interviews and voice recordings from his arrest to his execution.
Conversation with a Killer: The John Wayne Gacy Tapes
First of all, this Netflix documentary on the murders of John Wayne Gacy is not for anyone with Clown phobia or people that can be frightened easily. John Wayne was a serial killer who frequently dressed up as a clown and performed at kids’ hospitals as “Patches the Clown” or Pogo the Clown.”
There is a recording of this power-hungry sex offender saying, “I’m never remorseful for my actions. The clown can do anything and get away with it.”
Son of Sam: A Decent into Darkness
David Berkowitz, the notorious murderer, would send letters to newspapers with the signature “Son of Sam” before the police finally caught and arrested him for several murders.
The Son of Sam: A Decent Into Darkness is based on the theory of Maury Terry that Berkowitz had several other people working with him as Sons of Sam and committing these killings in New York City.
Memories of a Murderer: The Nilsen Tapes
Dennis Nilsen admitted to killing more than 16 boys and men, describing himself as an “inwardly troubled boy.” In this documentary, Nilsen narrates his life and crimes in a recording from his jail cell.
The Confession Killer
This documentary is based on the story of Henry Lee Lucas, a prolific serial killer who confessed to killing hundreds of people. As his confession unravels, the show explores how they found the evidence. The confession might have been a forged hoax that Lucas designed for several unsolved murder cases.
The Raincoat Killer: Chasing a Predator
This may very well be the best serial killer documentary from South Korea. The documentary recounts the story of the notorious killings done by Yoo Young-Chul with such cruelty that even the toughest person would feel.
Yoo Young-Chul terrorized families between September 2003 and July 2004, killing children, women, and the elderly.
The Raincoat Killer: Chasing a Predator shows how the Korean police’s operation made it arrest this serial killer during this time. Yoo confessed to the murder of 26 victims, and the jury later sentenced him to death.
American Murder: The Family Next Door
This documentary is quite unsettling because it’s full of online clips of the victim talking about her husband, Chris Watts. The documentary will unveil him later as her killer. It gives lovers of true crime a close look at the life of Shanann Watts. It also shows Chris Watts’ failed lie detector test, early footage from a police body cam, and more.
Indian Predator: The Butcher of Delhi
An unidentified man in 2006 dared the Delhi Police by positioning his victim’s mutilated body in front of the Tihar Prison. This also followed several murders which left body parts across the city.
Dubbed “CC Killer” by the police, Chandrakant Jha killed those categorized as underprivileged. In addition, investigations by the police were slow, and these murders didn’t exactly unnerve society.
Directed by Ayesha Sood, this documentary shows how the police force, unprepared at that time, handled serial murders quickly. They have evolved and shed light on the class divide that exists even in death.
The police arrested and accused Jha of committing seven murders, but the jury convicted him of three. Interestingly, Jha claims to have murdered 44 people — if proven. This would make him one of the most deadly serial killers in history.
Listening to spooky podcasts and watching scary movies hits differently once it starts getting dark outside. As Halloween spirit is here, you may also search for ideas for your next costume. You can also choose to look at Netflix for inspiration.
However, if you want to look scary, switch to this killer documentary based on true stories for an exceptional evening out, and you could learn a lot from this too.