The Rise of America’s Greatest Killers

Infamous killers have been very prominent recently in pop culture.


Kara Galarneau

The several killers that movies are being written about.

For years America has had a deep fascination with homicide. The idea that another human could kill one or multiple people is so foreign that it becomes an interest to many. Producers have acted on this interest and many movies, documentaries and shows have been created recently that reflect this idea.

“I think people are so intrigued with murder,” ILC secretary Kathleen Stewart said, “Mystery is something that attracts people.”

“Conversations With A Killer: The Ted Bundy Tapes”

This Netflix Original is based on the true interview tapes from one of America’s most well known serial killers, Theodore Bundy. Bundy is known for killing more than 30 young women while still maintaining a charming persona. Though he was sentenced to the death penalty in 1989, his twisted story lives on to this day. The tapes follow Bundy’s journey from his early years to just days before he went to the electric chair at Florida State Prison.

“The Act”

Starring Joey King, “The Act,” follows the true story of Gypsy Rose Blanchard. The Hulu Original Series interprets the abusive and toxic relationship that Blanchard had with her mother. This relationship eventually led to her mother, Dee Dee Blanchard’s death and G. Blanchard’s prison sentence of ten years in prison. The show has drawn a lot of attention, as this is a recent event, taking place in 2015, and there are various popular actors featured in the series.

“Once Upon a Time In Hollywood”

This film is set to hit theaters in August of 2019 and features stars like Leonardo DiCaprio as Rick Dalton, Margot Robbie as Sharon Tate and Brad Pitt as Cliff Booth. Set in 1969 Los Angeles, the lead characters Dalton and Booth are struggling to make it in Hollywood until they find their neighbor Tate. Tate was brutally murdered by members of the Manson family on August 9, 1969. The 50 year anniversary of the day is when the film is set to release. Charles Manson, in particular, is well known for being a cult leader who convinced his family to commit a series of nine murders in the summer of 1969.

“Extremely Wicked, Shockingly Evil and Vile”

Zac Efron stars in another Theodore Bundy film. Despite the recent controversy of “romanticizing” the acts Bundy committed, producers and many others involved with the film have said otherwise. Efron was chosen for a reason, Bundy really was good looking and it is difficult to believe he would commit the crimes that he did. Although it may seem too romantic to viewers, it is important to keep in mind that this is an accurate portrayal of the serial killer himself.

With all of the current films being produced, it is exciting for many people who are interested in criminals. Terrible crimes are something that will be seen often this year from the silver screen to TV to phones. Although these killers are locked up or dead, their stories will live on much longer then they and their victims did.