In these tough times, we all are looking for a sweet escape from today’s pandemic and drama. Although not so sweet, every time I surf Netflix, I find myself fascinated and inclined to watch serial killer Netflix shows. I end up binge watching them for days and this makes me question my sanity and the reason why am I so interested in serial killer series in particular.
For the most part, the reason I watch serial killer shows is because I am very curious & interested in delving into the minds of serial killers and understanding why they did what they did and how did they manage to get away with several murders.
Below I will introduce 5 serial killer Netflix series that will satisfy your curiosity and keep you hooked:
1. The Confession Tapes:
The Confession Tapes is a Netflix TV show from the journalist and documentarian Kelly Loudenberg. The show got distributed by Netflix and became available to all subscribers on September 8, 2017. This show presents a stimulating look into the failures of the American criminal justice system, of forensic science, and of memory where several cases of possible false confessions leading to murder convictions of the people of interest is portrayed. The series presents alternative views of how the crime could have taken place and features experts on criminal law, psychology, and false confessions.
The series features the case of Atif Rafay and Sebastian Burns, who come home to discover Rafay’s parents and sister murdered in their family home after a night of partying. In spite of their alibis, the police decided almost immediately that Burns and Rafay should be the murderers.
Rating: The show was given a 100% on Rotten Tomatoes.
2. The Alienist
The Alienist is a psychological thriller drama on Netflix that was premiered on January 22, 2018. This chilling serial killer show was set in 1896 and focused on a series of gruesome murders of young male prostitutes in New York City. The series joins fictional characters and true historical figures, such as Theodore Roosevelt.
In the series, Teddy Roosevelt calls upon Dr. Laszlo Kreizler, who is a criminal psychologist, Sara Howard, the headstrong secretary to the police commissioner, and John Moore, a newspaper illustrator, to conduct the investigation secretively. The opening of the series is very catchy by itself: “In the 19th century, persons suffering from mental illness were thought to be alienated from their own true natures. Experts who studied them were therefore known as alienists.”
Rating: The series was given a 66% on Rotten Tomatoes but actually deserves a much higher rating.
You is an American psychological thriller television series that was originally released on September 9, 2018 and became available on Netflix in 2019. I, myself, watched it 5 times already. This serial killer Netflix TV show takes place in New York and portrays the life of a regular bookstore manager (Joe Goldberg) who turns out to be a serial killer. Joe falls in love with his customer and quickly develops a toxic and delusional obsession with her. The series hit an astonishing 43 million viewers. Season 2 was aired on Netflix at the end of 2019 and had a major plot twist where Joe leaves New York to Los Angeles to escape his past to start over with a new identity. Later, he meets Love Quinn and then begins falling into his old patterns of obsession and violence.
Rating: The series was given a 90% on Rotten Tomatoes.
4. Conversations With A Killer – The Ted Bundy Tapes
The Ted Bundy tapes is a limited serial killer Netflix show released on January 24, 2019, thirty years after Bundy’s 1989 execution. The Netflix show focuses on the charming Ted Bundy who was one of America’s most notorious serial killers and was dubbed as the “Jack Ripper of the United States.” The series delves into the life and mind of Ted Bundy who was convicted in the deaths of more than 30 women before being caught in 1978.
Rating: The series was given a 56% on Rotten Tomatoes
5. Making a Murderer
Making a murderer is a Netflix TV show premiered on December 18, 2015 which talks about Steven Avery who was falsely convicted of murders he spent nearly two decades in prison for. Steven Avery then filed a suit against Manitowoc County and other individuals involved in his false conviction. However, after his release, Avery got accused of the murder of 25-year-old photographer Teresa Halbach and got back into prison. Teresa was last spotted on Avery’s property, where she was to photograph a vehicle. Avery and his nephew Brendan Dassey were convicted of her murder.
Rating: The series was given an 84% on Rotten Tomatoes
Bonus Serial killer Netflix Series To Watch:
The End of the F***ing World:
This series is one of the only serial killer Netflix series to be a Netflix Original. Season 1 was released on Netflix on 24 October 2017 to be followed by season 2 on 4 November 2019. The serial killer Netflix show follows two 17-year-old teenagers, James and Alyssa, who decide to go on a road trip to find her estranged father, who left home when she was just a child.
James, who claims he is a psychopath, has decided it’s time to spot a human victim (Alyssa) as his next kill, after spending his time killing animals. James and Alyssa get caught up on a trail of violent events and gruesome murders that brings them closer together. The series is a part humor, part serial killer show and is filled with exciting and wild turn of events.
Rating: It was given a rating of 93% on Rotten Tomatoes.