7 shows like “Monster: The Jeffrey Dahmer Story”

It’s spooky season, and you know what that means: killers are all the rage again. True crime has always been a popular genre, but since the release of Ryan Murphy Monster: The Jeffrey Dahmer Story, it seems the fall has been filled with a newfound interest in serial killer stories and murder cases. Especially nuanced stories that show the full extent of the killer and his victims.

Starring Evan Peters as the notorious serial killer, Freak tells the story of Jeffrey Dahmer, focusing on his victims and those around him who suspected he was up to no good. It’s scary – and can be graphic and bloody at times, but does an impressive job of keeping the focus not so much on Dahmer, but on the impact of his actions on the community around him.

If you’ve finished the show, you might be looking for something new. Luckily, at Decider, we’ve got you covered for the next juicy crime drama you might want to watch. While all focus on crime, not all of these shows are true; although they make excellent mysteries. Read on and study our picks below to start your next binge.


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“The Assassination of Gianni Versace: A History of American Crime”

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If you’re looking for more Ryan Murphy true crime, look no further than the show that really started it all. American crime historyhis anthology series that tells the story of various crimes and ensuing court cases, such as Freak, gives you an overview of what happened. But where Season 1 focuses on the conviction and trial of OJ Simpson, Season 2 lets you get to know a fashionable killer, Andrew Cunanan (played by Darren Criss), and the story of how whom he knew and murdered Gianni Versace. Starring Penelope Cruz as Donatella Versace, Édgar Ramírez as Gianni Versace, and Ricky Martin as her lover Antonio D’Amico, this is a great sequel to Freak for its smoldering quality and portrayal of Cunanan.

Where to stream The Assassination of Gianni Versace: American Crime Story


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‘Of the’

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If you liked the investigative elements of Freak, you’ll love this show about Scottish serial killer Dennis Nilsen. In this ITV miniseries, David Tennant plays the serial killer who openly admitted to killing 15 or 16 people in 1983, although his motives are unclear. Working with the police, a biographer attempts to uncover the truth about what happened as authorities attempt to identify the victims.

Where to stream Of the


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‘Conversations with a Killer: The Tapes of John Wayne Gacy’

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While watching Freak, there were quite a few appearances from fellow serial killer John Wayne Gacy (played by Dominic Burgess on the show). They had some similarities in how and when they killed. If you are still confused about him and want to know more, look no further than Conversations with a Killer: The Recordings of John Wayne Gacy, a docuseries about the notorious serial killer. This is filled with real pictures and photographs of Gacy and packed with information about the clown persona he has become known for.

Where to stream Conversations with a Killer: The Recordings of John Wayne Gacy


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‘The snake’

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If you want to know more about international crimes, look no further than The snake, about real gem dealer Charles Sobhraj (Tahar Rahim) and his girlfriend Marie-Andrée Leclerc (Jenna Coleman), who murdered people along Asia’s famous “Hippie Trail”. It is an interesting watch and Freak fans will find themselves immersed in it, searching for clues and wondering about the motives behind the crimes. Still, it’s worth watching the relationship between Sobrahj and Leclerc as they work together like Bonnie and Clyde to commit their crimes.

Where to stream The snake


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‘Black bird’

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If you liked the prison focus of Freak, you will be intrigued by this mini-series, which tells the story of Jimmy Keene (Taron Egerton), who tries to obtain a confession from the alleged killer Larry Hall (Paul Walter Hauser) in prison to free himself. Also featuring the late, great Ray Liotta, this one is filled with twists and turns along the way, as you question the motives of everyone from the police to Keene to Hall himself.

Where to stream Black bird


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‘Hannibal’

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If you want more of a fictional crime drama, look no further than this TV series about the notorious serial killer from the 1991 film. Thesilenceofthelambs. With Hugh Dancy, Mads Mikkelsen and Laurence Fishburne, Hannibal puts you inside the mind of Hannibal Lecter as he works with detective Will Graham to help solve crimes. It’s a cult classic and once you start watching, you won’t be able to stop.

Where to stream Hannibal


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“Under the Banner of Heaven”

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If you enjoyed the slow combustion of Freakyou will fall in love Under the banner of heaven, based on Jon Krakeur’s book about the murder of Brenda Wright Lafferty and her daughter in Utah, and the ensuing investigation. Starring Andrew Garfield, Sam Worthington, and Daisy Edgar-Jones, this series really focuses on religion, specifically how ideology influences action.

Where to stream Under the banner of heaven

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