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Aug 11, 2016

19 Documentaries About Serial Killers That’ll Scare You Shitless

*locks the doors and grabs popcorn*

We asked the BuzzFeed Community to tell us their favorite serial killer documentaries. Here are the scary results.

1. The Jeffrey Dahmer Files (2012)

IFC Films

This goes hard and shows Dahmer's life through the eyes of a detective, Dahmer's neighbor, and a pathologist. Get ready for REAL interviews mixed with reenactments to relive the summer of his '91 arrest.

Where you can watch it: Netflix, Hulu, and YouTube


2. Serial Killers: John Wayne Gacy (1999)

So clowns aren't ~really~ scary...except when the clown is a seemingly nice guy who is actually a serial murderer. A&E goes deep into Gacy's life so you can be even more spooked by his story.

Where you can watch it: YouTube

Anna Kopsky

3. This Is the Zodiac Speaking (2007)
Dreamlogic Pictures

Released as a feature on the Zodiac (2007) DVD, this doc shows interviews with original investigators from the iconic case.

Where you can watch it: YouTube

Brett Vergara

4. Ted Bundy: The Mind of a Killer (2000)

He confessed to killing more than 28 women in the 1970s. This movie will pretty much make you feel like you can't trust anyone.

Where you can watch it: YouTube

—Richard Erick, Facebook

5. Killer Legends (2014)

If you love urban legends, this one’s for you: It connects some scary stories that are obviously fake with IRL murderers and criminals. LIKE, WHAT? Terrifying.

Where you can watch it: Hulu and Amazon


6. Tales of the Grim Sleeper (2014)


Lonnie Franklin's DNA matched with over 20 possible murder victims, and Tales of the Grim Sleeper features interviews with people who knew him best — making for creepy insight into one of Los Angeles's worst murder sprees ever.

Where you can watch it: HBO Go

—Jordan Christine, Facebook

7. Albert Fish: In Sin He Found Salvation (2007)

Okay, so this one is highly disturbing — Albert Fish kidnapped, molested, and murdered CHILDREN, which is probably the most sadistic kind of murderer possible. Watch at your own risk.

Where you can watch it: Amazon


8. Cropsey (2009)

Cinema Purgatorio

The boogeyman-like Cropsey was just a myth for the kids of Staten Island in the '80s, until he became a living nightmare and actually started taking children.

Where you can watch it: Netflix


9. Serial Killers: The Real Life Hannibal Lecters (2001)

Trinity Home Entertainment
Orion Pictures

If you saw The Silence of the Lambs and thought, This is fucked up, you'll enjoy this film, mostly because the serial killers discussed in this movie are all equally — if not more — horrifying as the fortunately fictional Hannibal Lecter.

Where you can watch it: YouTube

—Daniel Richards, Facebook

10. Serial Killers: Jack the Ripper (The Whitechapel Murderer) (2008)

This documentary interviews experts who pick apart the details of the case of Jack the Ripper, one of England's most notorious serial killers EVER. There was SO MUCH BLOOD, YOU GUYS.

Where you can watch it: YouTube

—Jenny Mantini, Facebook

11. I Survived BTK (2010)

Dennis Rader was a respected church leader and family man in his hometown who bound, tortured, and killed victims (hence his nickname, "The BTK Killer") — all the while tormenting the police with letters describing the murders.

Where you can watch it: Amazon

—Jessica Baumgardner, Facebook

12. The Pig Farm (2011)

Robert “Willie” Pickton was a millionaire pig farmer — and one of Canada’s most notorious serial killers. This documentary studies the crimes committed by him and his brother, and will make you question whether or not you should ever trust your neighbors or friends.

Where you can watch it: iTunes


13. Ed Gein: The Real Leatherface (2004)

Though not ~technically~ a serial killer by definition, Gein is close enough, and his story is FUCKED UP. His "necrophiliac tendencies" have inspired horrifying characters like Leatherface in The Texas Chainsaw Massacre. Hell nah.

Where you can watch it: YouTube

—Jenny Mantini, Facebook

14. Richard Ramirez: The Night Stalker (2004)

Ramirez brutally raped and murdered over a dozen people during a two-year period, and was supposedly into Satanic worship. This documentary delves deep into his mind — and it's obviously terrifying.

Where you can watch it: YouTube

—Mallory Amanda, Facebook

15. Gary Ridgway: The Green River Killer (2003)

Gary Ridgway was convicted of 48 horrifying murders and confessed to even more — this movie shows interviews with local police and Ridgway's family members, and it will LITERALLY CHILL YOU TO THE BONE.

Where you can watch it: YouTube

—Jessica Coffey, Facebook

16. Confessions of a Serial Killer: Jeffrey Dahmer (1994)


MSNBC sat down with the man who raped, murdered, and ate 17 men from the late ’70s to the early ’90s. The scariest part? His overall calmness when discussing the reasons behind his actions.

Where you can watch it: Top Documentary Films

—Debbie Ann, Facebook

17. H.H. Holmes: America’s First Serial Killer (2004)

During the 1893 World's Fair in Chicago, H.H. Holmes charmed and lured victims to his castle of horrors, where he murdered them and hid their bodies in the walls. SERIOUSLY.

Where you can watch it: Amazon


18. And Aileen: Life and Death of a Serial Killer (2003)

Lafayette Films

Was Aileen Wuornos sane or not? This film discusses the controversial question, and ends with her chilling final statement before death: "I'm sailing with the Rock, and I'll be back. Like Independence Day with Jesus, June 6, like the movie, big mothership and all. I'll be back."

Where you can watch it: Hulu, iTunes, and Amazon


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