The mystery of serial killers has been a source of fascination for many years. Though the stories are blood-cuddling and unfortunate, they've been feeding fans of macabre content appetite. And the fact that these contents are rooted in reality makes them all the more chilling.
Ryan Murphy's Monster: The Jeffrey Dahmer Story has been a hot topic since its debut on September 21 2022, receiving mixed reviews from critics but mostly high ratings from fans of serial killer documentaries.
If you're done bingeing on Monster: The Jeffrey Dahmer Story, here's our list of other serial killer documentaries that offer equally terrifying exploits, if not more.
Conversations with a Killer: The Jeffrey Dahmer Tapes (Netflix)
The three-part series focuses on the tape recordings of the notorious serial killer Jeffrey Dahmer, who was found to have murdered and dismembered seventeen boys and men at the time of his arrest in 1991.
The series tries to uncover the reason for Dahmer’s devilish behaviors, which not only involved killing but having sex with his victims' lifeless bodies and preserving some of their body parts for his sadistic pleasures.
Barely a week after its release, the series has already garnered an amazing rating of 95% on Google Reviews. That’s how good it is!
Dr Death (Peacock)
Dr Death is Peacock’s original series that focuses on Christopher Duntsch, a malicious neurosurgeon who maimed his patients and killed two.
Nicknamed Dr D and Dr Death, Duntsch, was suspended for allegedly injuring 33 patients in two years. His medical license was revoked by the Texas Medical Board, and he was convicted to serve a life sentence in 2017.
The series' first season premiered on July 15 2021, containing eight episodes. It was renewed for a second season in July 2022.
Dr Death’s sociopathic rampage will keep you on the edge of your seat.
Dr Death: The Undoctored Story (Peacock)
Peacock produced a companion documentary series, Dr Death for the sake of viewers that would much rather watch facts than a dramatized story.
The Undoctored Story is a four-episode docuseries that showcases the experience of two doctors attempting to stop Dr Christopher Duntsch’s malicious acts. The series chronicles interviews with Dr Death’s surviving victims, courtroom documents and brief impersonations.
Dr Death: The Undoctored Story was released on July 2021 and has an audience likeability of 89%.
The Most Dangerous Animal of All (Hulu)
The Most Dangerous Animal of All is a four-episode documentary series based on The New York Times best seller of the same title. It chronicles Gary L. Stewart's search for his father, who left him when he was a child.
In his quest, he uncovers that his father is the Zodiac Killer, the con artist Earl Van Best Jr., one of the most sought-after serial killers of the 1960s. Earl Van Best Jr. allegedly brutally murdered five victims in Northern California, though he claimed to have murdered 37.
The docuseries premiered on March 6 2020 on FX and is now available on Hulu.
Unseen (Amazon Prime)
Unseen is a documentary film that offers a harrowing look at the murder and possible rape of women by known sex offender Anthony Sowell. In 2009, Cleveland police found eleven decomposing bodies of women on his property.
The surviving victims discuss the issue of marginalization of women and why society didn't take action to address the killing spree.
Released in 2016, Unseen is an astonishing and riveting watch that runs for 75 minutes.
The Murders at Starved Rock (HBO Max)
A three-part documentary series, The Murders at Starved Rock dives into the murder of three women, Lilian Oetting, Frances Murphy and Mildred Lindquist, at Starved Rock State Park, Illinois, in 1960.
Their killer, Chester Weger, still maintains his innocence after six decades in prison, making residents question the truth of the story.
The son of Weger’s prosecutor, David Raccuglia, is heavily involved in the haunting series, which was released on December 14, 2021, on HBO Max.
Indian Predator: The Butcher of Delhi (Netflix)
Indian Predator: The Butcher of Delhi is another three-part serial killer docuseries released by Netflix on July 20 2022.
It retails the disquieting events of Indian serial killer Chandrakant Jha, who came under the radar of the Delhi Police in 2006 when he placed a mutilated body in front of the Tihar jail. This happened after a series of body parts were distributed across the city.
Jha supposedly preyed on the underprivileged in society, and though he was convicted of three murders, he claimed to have killed 44.
The series focuses on the shortcomings of Indian law enforcement, which was then unprepared to rapidly deal with cases of serial killings. It also sheds light on the issue of class division in the country, given that the murders of lower-class people didn't unnerve the society.
The docuseries stays true to facts and doesn’t rely on dramatization to paint the picture.
Conversations with a Killer: The John Wayne Gacy Tapes (Netflix)
All the more reason to fear the IT the film. The fact that a seemingly harmless clown can turn savage is extremely frightening.
Conversations with a Killer: The John Wayne Gacy Tapes is a three-episode serial killer docuseries released on April 20 2022, succeeding Conversations with a Killer: The Ted Bundy Tapes (2019).
It depicts the ghastly murders of John Wayne Gacy, who raped, tortured and killed 33 men and boys between 1972 and 1978 in Chicago, Illinois. The story covers interviews from witnesses and one surviving victim and audio footage documented when Gacy was in jail.
Gacy was a clown by day and a cold-blooded killer by 'night'. He was known as 'Pogo the Clown' or 'Patches the Clown', and later the 'Killer Clown' after his conviction. The serial killer records the highest number of homicides by one person in the United States. He was sentenced to death row in 1980 and executed on May 10 1994.
Find out more about the soulless killer in this documentary.
I’ll Be Gone in The Dark (HBO Max)
This highly-rated documentary series focuses on the investigation of journalist Michelle McNamara on the mysterious Golden State Killer. The documentary covers McNamara's interviews with the survivors of the unidentified killer, as she wrote the best-selling true crime book, I'll Be Gone in the Dark: One Woman's Obsessive Search for the Golden State Killer.
Sadly, the journalist died probably due to opioid overuse before she could uncover the identity of the Golden Killer. Her husband, Patton Oswalt and colleagues put together the last section of her book from her extensive notes.
The Golden State Killer is a serial rapist and murderer who terrorized California residents in the 1970s and 80s. The police were never able to catch the culprit until 2018 when Joseph James DeAngelo was arrested for being the titular character.
The six-part docuseries aired from June 28 2020 to August 2 2020 on HBO and a special episode was released on August 2 2021. It is now available for streaming on HBO Max.
Be sure to be an on-screen part of one of the most elusive cold cases in America’s history.