The 5 Best Serial Killer Documentaries on Netflix

In recent years, Netflix has produced some extremely popular true crime documentaries. Being one of the pioneering streaming platforms across the globe, it has an extensive library of it, along with all other genres.

For lovers of this genre, the streaming platform also has several police documentaries that revolve around some of the most notorious serial killers of recent times. Netflix recently released another exciting watch based on the Jeffrey Dahmer incident called CConversations with a Killer: The Jeffrey Dahmer Tapes on October 7, 2022.

This article lists similar chilling documentaries that you can stream on Netflix right now.


The Children of Sam: A Descent into Darkness, Conversations with a Killer: The Ted Bundy Tapes, And More: 5 Of The Most Chilling Serial Killer Documentaries To Stream On Netflix

1) The Children of Sam: A Descent into Darkness

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Sons of Sam: A Descent into Darkness (Image via Netflix)

The Children of Sam: A Descent into Darkness is a 2021 docuseries directed by documentary filmmaker Joshua Zeman. The series chronicles the findings of investigative journalist Maury Terry and revolves around one of New York’s most prolific serial killers, David Berkowitz, who was convicted of the 1976 Son of Sam murders.

The docuseries focuses primarily on the possibility that Berkowitz, also known as the Son of Sam, was not the only culprit in the series of murders that took place between July 1976 and August 1977. Investigative journalist Maury Terry devoted more 40 years of his life to gather evidence about himself, based on multiple factors that authorities apparently ignored.

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Berkowitz’s testimony claimed that he was part of a satanic cult and said:

“I didn’t pull the trigger on every one of them”

With Terry’s findings, Zeman took it upon himself to bring the truth to the world. The Children of Sam: A Descent into Darkness is an attempt to portray just that.


two) Night Stalker: The hunt for a serial killer

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Night Stalker: The Hunt for a Serial Killer (Image via Netflix)

Night Stalker: The hunt for a serial killer is a 2021 docuseries revolving around the serial murders that rocked Los Angeles in the mid-1980s. Directed by Tiller Russell, the four-part documentary series focuses on the terrifying incidents and how they affected the entire city. .

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The series focuses on the fear that spread through Los Angeles when the killer was on the loose. Survivors later said that the ordeal was harrowing and that her attacker’s smiling face was the stuff of nightmares.

After a year of police searches, the killer was finally identified as Richard Ramírez and he was arrested on August 31, 1985. The four-part docuseries provides a comprehensive look at the entire case.


3) Memoirs of a Murderer: The Nilsen Tapes

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Memoirs of a murderer (Image via Netflix)

Memoirs of a Murderer: The Nilsen Tapes is a 2021 Netflix original documentary by Michael Harte. The hour-and-a-half long documentary is a first-hand account of Dennis Nilsen, a serial killer who murdered nearly 15-16 men in London. He mainly operated between the years 1978 and 1983 before being caught by the police.

This docuseries is unique in that, firstly, not all the victims have been identified, and secondly, the details of the case are narrated by the killer himself. memories of a murderer uses a series of audio tapes recorded inside Nilsen’s cell while he was incarcerated. With over 250 hours of audio recordings, the film has intricate details of the crimes.

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The film also brings in Detective Inspector Steve McCusker, who worked on the case and questioned Nilsen.


4) Don’t Fuck With Cats: Hunting for an Internet Killer

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Don’t F**k With Cats: Hunting An Internet Killer (Image via Netflix)

Don’t Fuck With Cats: Hunting for an Internet Killer is one of the most talked about true crime documentaries in recent years. The three-part docuseries is directed by Mark Lewis and chronicles an online search for acts of animal cruelty that led to a killer. Don’t fuck with cats quickly rose up the charts to appear in the top five most watched documentaries on Netflix in 2019.

After videos showing a man torturing kittens were uploaded to YouTube in 2010 and 2011, a group of animal lovers came together to punish the man for his actions. Internet detectives created groups on Facebook, conducted a preliminary investigation and identified him as Luka Magnotta. However, it was later discovered that Magnotta’s acts of cruelty did not solely involve animals.

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He was later convicted of murdering Jun Lin, an international student. While animal cruelty cases already had the police breathing down his neck, Jun Lin’s murder earned an Interpol Red Notice. The documentary shows a complete timeline of the incidents and how Magnotta was finally arrested.


5) Conversations with a Killer: The Ted Bundy Tapes

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Conversations with a Killer: The Ted Bundy Tapes (Image via Netflix)

Conversations with a Killer: The Ted Bundy Tapes is another documentary that generated a lot of buzz when it was released on Netflix in 2019. Created by Joe Berlinger, the docuseries has four lengthy episodes that shed light on one of the most infamous serial killers, Ted Bundy, who had over 30 victims.

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Ted Bundy is known for being one of the most charismatic and notorious serial killers America has ever seen. The documentary uses more than 100 hours of interviews with Bundy and archival footage along with interviews from his family, friends, surviving victims and law enforcement officers involved.

Conversations with a Killer: The Ted Bundy Tapes is without a doubt one of the most chilling crime documentaries on Netflix.

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