Crimes have always been a matter of fascination for us. Not only people who are artists but also ones who consume art are at times fascinated by the mental capacity of their fellow human beings to have it in them to commit crimes that can have grave consequences later. We all enjoy reading about crimes in the daily newspapers, in magazines, and even watch movies or read books on crime. Murder is one of the gravest crimes anyone can commit, and it leads man to serious consequences in his life. It is just mind-boggling to understand what depths of the human psyche can a person stoop to so that he is able to inflict such pain on a fellow human.
But what about the times when murder is committed not for any material gains, but simply because one has to? What about the times when killing to some becomes a compulsion and nothing else? These people who commit murders because they cannot control themselves and end up committing the same crime over and over again are called serial killers. We can know how they came to be classified into a different category of murderers called “serial killers” if we watch the show ‘Mindhunter’ (2017).
There have been several notorious serial killers in history, and the list surely starts with the famous English murderer who was never caught by the Scotland Yard, Jack The Ripper. Then there are people like Ed Gein, Ted Bundy, and Jeffrey Dahmer who have reached the status of pop culture symbols with rampant use of their crimes in film and television. There are many people who are intrigued by the depravity some criminals can go to where the motive of their murders is nothing else but a psychiatric disorder. If you are fascinated by serial killers and want to look more into their psyche, we’ve got some movies compiled for you. Here’s the list of really good serial killer documentary movies on Netflix that are available to stream right now.
9. Murder Maps (2015 – Present)
‘Murder Maps’ is surely one of the most intriguing shows which have been made in recent times and talks of crimes. The show has been made to trace the locations of some of the major crimes that have sent shockwaves across England. Some of them were committed in the Victorian Era. We also get to learn how the field of forensic sciences also started getting developed during those days. Though not all of the episodes are about serial killers, many are, since England has also had its fair share of such criminals.
Season one’s fourth episode, called ‘The Brides in The Bath Killer’ is an account of a man who married many women and proceeded to kill them in his bathtub and went on to claim their inheritance. The second season has an episode on the ‘Blackout Killer’, a sinister Brit who would find his victims as England raged on in the Second World War. Two episodes are also dedicated to the serial killer and necrophile John Christie. For those who want to get a peek into the world of such gruesome serial killers, this show is a must-watch.