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America's Serial Killers: Portraits in Evil 

Wars have terrorized entire populations for thousands of years. The American West was home to ruthless killers who were idolized in fiction and folklore. Evil evolved to a hideous new form ... See full summary »
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Tom Kimball ...  Narrator 10 episodes, 2009
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Wars have terrorized entire populations for thousands of years. The American West was home to ruthless killers who were idolized in fiction and folklore. Evil evolved to a hideous new form with the genocidal dictators of the 20th Century such as Hitler, Stalin and Mao Tse Tung who ordered the execution of tens of millions. But in the middle of the 20th Century a new and chilling phenomenon emerged in the post-war Western society: The Serial Killer! As if fashioned from our nightmares, they terrified and fascinated us. Lurking behind masks of bland normality, the serial killer often evaded capture for years, decades or eternity. These are America's Serial Killers!

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27 January 2009 (USA) See more »

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Awesome.
2 August 2013 | by kitkatt111@aol.comSee all my reviews

Serial Killers: Portraits in Evil reintroduces us to some of our best loved serial killers, American icons who either warm our hearts or chill our blood: 40 something prostitute loving Jack the Ripper, the dashing and charismatic Ted Bundy, the ever youthful HH Holmes, everyone's favorite mensch David Berkowitz, hot tamale Richard Ramirez, and that sick mofo Albert Fish, whose profile really left a bad taste in my mouth (no pun intended). A rabbi, a criminologist at Northeastern, a guy who looks like Mexicat, and Kirk Gill, a so-called 'true crime writer' who lives in his parent's basement, round out the list of lovable misfits who treat the viewers to their opinions.

The narrator really goes to town when reading the letters penned by the killers—Jack the Ripper sounds whispery and devilish, while David Berkowitz sounds like Woody Allen meeting Jerry Seinfeld in a dark alley. I haven't seen the Richard Ramirez episode yet but I can only imagine he will sound like Cheech Marin.

This documentary is also fond of showing long clips from films—if you are interested in seeing 90% of an old movie about Jack the Ripper or Peter Lorrey's soliloquy from 'M' you are in luck..

Considering I think I bought this set for about $3 at WalMart....it's well worth the price, mostly for being so unintentionally amusing.


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