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Top 10 Serial Killer Documentaries

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This Top 10 List is not based on any ‘scientific’ calculations of IMBD stats, critic polls or ‘website views’ but more of a personal collection of what I feel are some of the best documentaries in the ‘serial killer‘ genre…           Hope you enjoy!..

Previews of all Top 10 Serial Killer Documentaries

For those who would like a sampling or taste of each of the respective serial killer documentaries before you grab your popcorn, beer or other late-night snacks and sit down for a long-night of dark viewing  just click on the video beneath…

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#1 – Aileen: Life and Death of a Serial Killer (2003)

Following up on the brilliant ‘Aileen: Selling of a Serial Killer‘, Nick Broomfield‘s second documentary on Aileen Wuornos, the highway prostitute and serial killer who was executed in 2002 for killing seven men in the state of Florida, is arguably the best documentary ever made in the ‘serial killer’ documentary genre…

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#2 – Cropsey (2009)

The legend of the local ‘boogeyman‘ has fascinated and terrified children throughout the world for centuries on end… Cropsey’ takes that ‘power of the urban legend‘ and creates arguably one of the most intriguing investigative-crime documentaries ever made in the ‘serial killer‘ genre…

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#3 – Fred And Rose: The West Murders (2001)

After the severed corpse of his missing teenage daughter Heather was discovered buried in the garden of his Gloucester home, Fred West began to slowly confess to a series of horrendous murders… police would eventually dig up the bodies of nine young women from the home of builder Fred West and his partner-in-crime prostitute wife Rose….

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#4 – This Is the Zodiac Speaking (2007)

The Zodiac Killer is one of the greatest unsolved serial killer mysteries of all time, only taking second place to the legendary British Victorian slasher ‘Jack the Ripper’… This fascinating documentary examines the crimes of The Zodiac a little bit closer, and tries to make the case as to who he may have been and what may have motivated him to kill …

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#5 – Aileen Wuornos: The Selling of a Serial Killer (1993)

Nick Broomfield’s brilliant documentary chronicles Broomfields’ attempt to interview America’s most notorious female serial killer, Aileen Wuornos and in the process exposes how her life at that moment was being exploited by many factions for varying personal gains…

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#6 – The Confession (2010)

So, how do you get a serial killer to confess to two murders and lead the police to the location of one of the still missing women even before all the evidence is in?… In a stunning follow-up to their previous ‘Above Suspicion‘ documentary on the crimes of Col. Russel WilliamsBob McKeown of the CBC’s ‘The Fifth Estate‘ breaks down the brilliant interrogation methods used by Ottawa Det. Sgt. Jim Smyth to get Williams to confess

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#7 – Robert Ressler: The Man Who Lives With Monsters (2002)

A look at the life and work of one of the world’s foremost authorities on the profiling of violent offenders, and his chilling encounters with such notorious serial killers as Jeffrey Dahmer and John Wayne Gacy…

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#8 – Crimes that Shook the World: The Chessboard Killer (2009)

He is the worst serial killer in Russian history… for years, Alexander Pichuzhkin, a.k.a ‘The Chessboard Killer‘ kept a city in fear… for years he taunted the police… he preyed on the lonely and vulnerable and he kept a unique record of his crimes…

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#9 – Ted Bundy: The Mind of a Killer (1995)

A&E Biography pretty much invented the ‘serial killer documentary‘ genre so any Top 10 serial killer documentary list would be remiss if it didn’t include at least one of these …

One of their earlier episodes and still one of the most popular is this examination into the life of notorious American serial killer Ted Bundy

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#10 – The First 48: A Serial Killer Calls (2005)

An incredible episode of A&E’s ‘The First 48‘ in which the Kansas City, Missouri detectives being featured find themselves on the bloody trail of the  ‘Prospect Avenue‘ serial killer … to complicate things even further and heighten the already palpable drama, the killer begins to call the police taunting them with information of more bodies that have yet to be discovered…

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16 Comments

  1. laura

    May 26, 2013 at 11:09 am

    Thanks this is a great website and it is set out perfectly. Hope you keep updating keep up the good work 🙂

     
    • Bobby

      May 26, 2013 at 10:52 pm

      Thanks Laura.. will definitely try to keep this site as updated as possible 🙂

       
      • Jimbo

        July 18, 2014 at 12:25 am

        2014 and I just found this website by searching “serial killer documentaries” and it was the third result. Very Very convenient site! Nothing to great on netflix so I looked elsewhere

         
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        September 23, 2014 at 10:42 am

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    June 4, 2013 at 6:47 pm

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    • Bobby

      June 4, 2013 at 7:23 pm

      Thanks for the kind words. Glad you’re enjoying it 🙂

       
  3. ryan

    June 14, 2013 at 4:14 pm

    Great Site! A nice referance to help fill anyones collection! I want them all!
    Anyone know a good torrent site for these? Mine have very few of them 🙁

     
  4. Heather Gill

    July 4, 2013 at 9:29 pm

    Hi Bobby,
    Congratulation’s on your site of many very interesting crime videos. I come on most days to watch your shows and rate them always excellent too!

    Ted Bundy Mind Of A Killer is missing due to copyright it says as went to watch this and could not so just letting you know.

    Hope you can find another copy and best wishes to you and keep up the great videos you show on your site.

    Have a good weekend,
    Heather

     
  5. Brad Webb

    July 7, 2013 at 4:41 am

    Excellent Site..

     
  6. frankiedynomite

    July 20, 2013 at 2:32 pm

    Aileen Wournos is not a real serial killer in the classic sense. She was more committed to killing these men for cash and not for reasons of ritual or fetish and desire. She may have an anger inside because of the way she was treated by her family and boys but those feelings were not trapped inside at all. She is what she is and their is no hiding it with Aileen. Unlike other serial killers who live two lives with a wife and sometimes kids, she never tried to blend in and hide what she was, a hooker with a heart of gold.

     
    • BirdyQ

      October 18, 2013 at 7:17 pm

      Many people are impoverished or seeking a quick buck and do not kill for it. Something dark inside her gave her a sense of permission. Over and over again. She was in fact, a heartless, classic, serial killer. Even in her own words during her personal confessions before death, she revealed it was merely to kill.

       
    • TimZayne

      October 25, 2013 at 10:05 am

      What makes a serial killer is them having killed more than three people, not their reason for killing. She is 100% a serial killer in the “Classic sense” i think the term you were looking for is Psychopath or sociopath. characterised partly by anti-social behavior, a diminished capacity for empathy or remorse, and poor behavioral controls.

       
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    July 21, 2013 at 9:30 pm

    I REALLY SEE ALL THE EFFORT YOU HAVE PUT IN2 THIS WEBSITE & AGAIN CONGRATS BROTHA CONGRATS,WELL WORTH IT,THANK YOU AGAIN & IF YOU NEED ANY HELP WITH ANYTHING PLEASE FEEL FREE 2 EMAIL ME”I HAVE MORE THEN A COUPLE GREAT,GREAT IDEAS~=^.^=~ HONESTLY LOVE IT!!! & WILL PROMOTE 2 ALL MY FRIENDS & SO ON,,,ALL THE LOVE MY FELLOWKIND~+^.*=~

     
    • Bobby

      July 24, 2013 at 2:15 am

      Thanks Brandie… much appreciated 🙂

       
  9. Johan Satterup Nissen

    September 27, 2013 at 12:55 pm

    Great website thumps up from Denmark will return 4 sure and tell my friends about this site try and look up peter lundin he is a danish killer who lived in america and murdered his mom… then after he got out of prison he was deported to Denmark and here he murdered his girlfriend and her two sons… he is soon to be released

     

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