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From Ted Bundy to The Yorkshire Ripper: Chilling documentaries on serial killers
Shreya Paul
Oct 05, 2021
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The proliferation of crime documentaries on serial killers in popular culture might seem like a recent trend. But in reality, the macabre appeal of this genre has been enthralling audiences for over a century. This article features six spine-chilling documentaries that not only uncover horrific crimes but also examine the psychology of those who perpetrate them. Very few things bring viewers together, like an intriguing crime investigation on a mass murderer. Check out these sensational documentaries and get inside the minds of the world’s most notorious criminals.

1
The Confession Killer
7.7OTTplay Rating
In the early 80s, Henry Lee Lucas had confessed to committing hundreds of cold-blooded murders. He is one of the most prolific serial killers in American history. This Netflix documentary presents new evidence that proves, beyond a shadow of a doubt, that Lucas might not have been the killing machine he had claimed to be. The legitimacy of his confessions is questioned when attorneys and journalists find irregularities in his claims. The documentary also delves into questions like if Henry Lee Lucas had not murdered those people, then who had?
2
Inside the Criminal Mind
5.9OTTplay Rating
This fascinating exploration of the criminal mind exposes the psychological tricks and immoral behaviour that define nefarious criminals. Watch this documentary unfold as leading experts delve into the backgrounds of infamous criminals and enlighten the audience on the devious psychology that plays an integral part in making the most fearsome criminals.
3
The Ripper
7.5OTTplay Rating
The Netflix documentary, consisting four episodes, deals with the sudden series of murders involving 13 women that occurred in the West Yorkshire and Manchester (in UK) between 1975 and 1980. The perpetrator, later exposed as Peter Sutcliffe, received the infamous moniker of The Ripper (based on the notorious 1880s mass murderer Jack The Ripper). Also dubbed the Yorkshire Ripper, Sutcliffe’s crimes are dissected in this documentary through a series of interviews with journalists, investigators, victims’ family members and even some survivors.
4
The Sons of Sam: A Descent Into Darkness
7.4OTTplay Rating
The Sons of Sam: A Descent Into Darkness, directed by Joshua Zeman, follows the story of a crime journalist, Maury Terry. The Son of Sam case grows into a lifelong obsession for Terry, as she spends over 40 years trying to prove that the notorious serial killer David Berkowitz had not acted alone. She is convinced that the murders, in focus, are linked to a satanic cult.
5
Murder Mountain
7.3OTTplay Rating
People come to Humboldt County, California, in search of quick riches in the form of marijuana. A 29-year-old cannabis grower, Garret Rodriguez, is found murdered in the mountain ranges of North California. An investigation reveals several gruesome secrets. Murder Mountain, a crime docu-series based on real-life events, uncovers the shocking stories of murders, disappearances, amidst a thriving local marijuana racket in the region.

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