In case you’re one of the many true crime fans that enjoyed Netflix’s Dahmer, you’re probably wondering what else there is to check out that's similar. Well, here it is — an assortment of other crime-related media to dive into!
Dahmer – One Of The Most Popular True Crime Series
When DAHMER — Monster: The Jeffrey Dahmer Story debuted on Netflix, true crime fans went crazy for the 10-episode series about the real-life serial killer and his terrible wrongdoings. While many creators have come out with different takes on Dahmer’s story over the years, Ryan Murphy had a completely new vision for the true crime miniseries.
Instead of focusing on the killer, the Emmy Award-winning director gave voice to the victims of the tragic killing spree. Murphy collaborated with co-writer Janet Mock and director Carl Franklin to shine a new light on the viral Dahmer story. In fact, the series takes "a critical look at systemic racism, white privilege, homophobia and the institutional failures that allowed Dahmer to murder and dismember 17 boys and men from 1978 to 1991,” Netflix writes.
While it's sad and uncomfortable to watch, viewers' eyes were still glued to the screen. When the final episode wrapped, many were left wanting more. So, here’s more true crime content similar to Dahmer to dig into…
Call Me God: The True Story of the DC Sniper Investigation
We'll start with the ultimate true crime podcast: Call Me God. Seven hours of riveting narration dive into the true crime story behind the DC sniper attacks of October 2002, including the questionable investigation process and the capture of the infamous killer. What’s even more thrilling is that the series follows two brothers as they uncover the mystery of what really happened.
Curious to see another show? Well, consider Mindhunter. But don’t just watch the Netflix original series…listen to the Mindhunter podcast, too! That’s right, Netflix’s other true crime hit, which was inspired by the founding of the Behavioral Science Unit in the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) in the 70s, has a perfectly compelling podcast companion to enjoy. Whereas the show reveals the truth of criminal profiling and psychology, the podcast analyzes every episode and gives further details, allowing listeners to indulge in more true stories. And if that's not enough, true crime super fans can also check out the book Mindhunter is based on: Mindhunter: Inside the FBI's Elite Serial Crime Unit.
The Serial Killer
The Serial Killer, on the other hand, makes sure that listeners take in a plethora of different stories about a variety of serial killers. Led by Thomas Wiborg-Thune, the series explores each gruesome crime, going into depth about what the serial killers did and how they carried out their crimes. The assortment of stories is outstanding and includes criminals from all over the world. However, be warned that The Serial Killer goes into graphic details and isn't for the faint of heart.
If you have 14 hours on your hands, an audiobook is a perfect way to explore a true crime story. Columbine, a book by journalist Dave Cullen, takes a look at the tragic killing spree of Eric Harris and Dylan Klebold and the 1999 Columbine High School massacre. In the book, Harris explains why the schoolboys did what they did and how they ended up becoming so violent while also touching on how complex shooting spree cases are.
Dahmer from Netflix is a powerful start, but this selection of true crime podcasts and audiobooks is a great follow-up after the series.