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In 1988, Chris Bryson was found running down a Kansas City street naked, beaten, and bloody wearing nothing but a dog collar and a leash. He told police about Bob Berdella, a local business... See full summary »

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Cast overview, first billed only:
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Himself, author
Roger Coleman ...
Himself, reverend
Albert Reiderer ...
Himself, former prosecutor
Troy Cole ...
Himself, retired sergeant
Tom Moss ...
Himself, retired officer
Karen Blakeman ...
Herself, reporter, Kansas City Times
Tom Jackman ...
Himself, reporter
Robert Berdella ...
Himself (archive footage)
James McKinley ...
Himself, reporter (as Jim McKinley)
Marilyn Richardson ...
Herself, doctor
Kevin Kelly ...
Himself, florist
Barbara Rues ...
Herself, hairdresser
Rick Flavell ...
Himself
Chris Bryson ...
Himself
Pat Herrington ...
Himself, auto mechanic
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In 1988, Chris Bryson was found running down a Kansas City street naked, beaten, and bloody wearing nothing but a dog collar and a leash. He told police about Bob Berdella, a local business man and how Berdella had caputed him, held him hostage, raped him, tortured him, and photographed him over several days. Police later arrested Berdella and searched his mid-town Kansas City home where they found several hundred polaroid photographs, a detailed torture log, envelopes of human teeth and a human skull. It was soon discovered that Berdella had murdered six young men in his home after drugging them and performing his sick acts of sexual torture. He met a couple of the victims at his business, a small shop called "Bob's Bizaare Bazaar" where he sold artifacts from around the world related to the darker side of human nature for people with jaded tastes.Some lived the horrors for only a few days, one for six weeks. After death, Berdella would cut up the bodies with an electric chain saw ... Written by Benjamin Meade

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A municipal judge in Kansas City used to put transient youth in Berdella's protective custody for drug rehabilitation and referred to him as "Dr. Berdella". See more »

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Ben Meade's "Bazaar Bizarre" The Life of Serial Killer Bob Berdella
2 March 2006 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Movies on serial killers are sometimes so over dramatized that it leaves viewers like me disappointed. They loosely base movies on actual killers using well known actors and then blow the facts out of proportion, changing them or even leaving facts out entirely; raising these killers to an almost "hero cult" status, just to get the dramatic effect they are looking for. This takes away the reality of what they actually did. I found Ben Meade's "Bazaar Bizarre" to be a very innovative, to the point, even funny film about the sick and twisted life of Robert Berdella. The way it was presented, with a combination of James Ellroy's narration, documentary and dramatization style snaps you into the reality that serial killers DO exist. Many lives are lost every year to these kinds of sick cold-blooded killers. This is definitely a must see film for the true crime buff. I loved it!


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