The Definitive List Of Serial Killer-Themed Books & Movies For True Crime Junkies

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Looking for a good beach read or a relaxing romantic comedy flick? This list is not for you. Because this a collection of must-read, mutch-watch media about serial killers. This ID Addict dream list guarantees sleepless nights and will be sure to make anyone sitting next to you think twice before hogging the armrest.

5 Serial Killer Must-Read Novels 

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Ann Rule’s The Stranger Beside Me Photo: Amazon

1) The Stranger Beside Me

This autobiographical true crime read offers a unique perspective into the life of Ted Bundy. Author Anne Rule actually knew Bundy personally before and after his arrest, allowing her to share unique insight into how killers can live among us without raising suspicions. Any Bundyphile should add this title to their summer reading list.

The Most Dangerous Animal Of All Photo: Amazon

Gary L. Stewart & Susan Mustafa’s The Most Dangerous Animal Of All Photo: Amazon

2) The Most Dangerous Animal Of All

Who is the Zodiac killer? This explosive true crime book contends that the co-author, Gary L. Stewart, is the biological son of the infamous killer. Stewart spent 10 years searching for his father and ultimately believes that the man he was desperately seeking is actually the Zodiac killer. You’ll have to read this emotional story to see if you believe Stewart’s allegations.

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Erik Larson’s The Devil In the White City Photo: Amazon

3) The Devil in the White City: A Saga of Magic and Murder at the Fair that Changed America

This unique true crime story pulls from real characters and events to present a novelistic look at turn of the century Chicago. The story weaves together the lives of Daniel H. Burnham, the architect behind the 1893 World’s Fair, and Dr. H. H. Holmes, the serial killer who murdered innocent victims in his majestic “Murder Castle.” History and crime buffs will be delighted by the book’s attention to detail and compelling plot.

Patricia Cornwell's Portrait Of A Killer Photo: Amazon

Patricia Cornwell’s Portrait Of A Killer Photo: Amazon

4) Portrait of a Killer: Jack the Ripper — Case Closed

New York Times bestselling author Patricia Cornwell applies modern science and forensic techniques to the century-old search for Jack The Ripper. Adding to the technical sophistication, Cornwell presents her characteristic brilliant storytelling and courageous characters to create a griping read.

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Vincent Bugliosi & Curt Gentry’s Helter Skelter: The True Story of The Manson Murders Photo: Amazon

5) Helter Skelter: The True Story of the Manson Murders

It’s no surprise that this true crime gem has sold over 7 million copies. Co-authored by the prosecutor in the 1970 Charles Mason trial, Vincent Bugliosi paints a firsthand account of the cases against the Mason Family. The book delivers detailed insights into the Manson investigation, arrest and trial, making this one a must.

5 Serial Killer Must-See Films 

1) Zodiac

The film follows the manhunt for the notorious killer who called himself “Zodiac.” Strong performances from Jake Gyllenhaal, Mark Ruffalo, and Robert Downey, Jr., along with great writing, earned the film favorable reviews. This unsolved true crime thriller will send a chill down your spine.

2) Henry: Portrait of a Serial Killer

This American psychological horror film follows the random crime spree of a twisted serial killer. The film is loosely based on the real life serial killers Henry Lee Lucas and Ottis Toole. The film earned rave reviews, with viewers commending the shocking and disturbing plot.

3) Badlands

The film is inspired by the real-life murderers Charles Starkweather and his girlfriend, Caril Ann Fugate. The connection to the killing spree was not acknowledged at the time of the film’s release, but this chilling young-love-gone-wrong story is sure entice any true crime fan.

4) 10 Rillington Place

The film captures the real-life case of the British serial killer John Christie, and his relationship with his neighbors, Tim and Beryl Evans. Although Christie’s accent might enchant American viewers – don’t be fooled – this guy is one evil dude!

5) Monster

This movie profiles the life of Aileen Wuornos, a Daytona Beach prostitute turned serial killer. Charlize Theron’s physical transformation and compelling portrayal of the infamous killer earned the film stellar reviews. True crime fans should consider this Oscar-winning film a must-watch.

 

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