If you're a horror fan like me and are often drawn to the darker things in life, you might want to turn your attention to real life more often. These 10 documentaries explore some of the darkest topics in human history. After all, life is stranger than fiction. Although all of these real life stories are fascinating, none of these documentaries are for the faint of heart.
1. Bayou Blue
This chilling true-crime documentary takes place in poverty-stricken southeastern Louisiana. Serial killer Ronald Dominique was able to rape and kill twenty-three men over a 10 year span. The killer was allowed to go unchecked for so long because law enforcement was greatly underfunded and the police did not care enough about family relations. Then when Hurricane Katrina happened all attention was given to the catastrophe and the killer was left to his own devices once again. Bayou Blue is a startling look at how the decay of a community can destroy so many lives.
2. Dear Zachary: A Letter To A Son About His Father
Be prepared to cry buckets of tears while watching this documentary. This is considered by many to be one of the most heartbreaking documentaries of all time. A man decides to make a documentary about his murdered friend for the friend's unborn son. If you think this is the most heartbreaking part of the documentary, think again! To tell you any more about how this documentary unfolds would be to spoil the entire story — just make sure you have tissues handy.
3. The Woman Who Wasn't There
The Woman Who Wasn't There is an extremely shocking documentary about one of the most infamous 9/11 survivors of all time. It's a psychological probe into the mind of that survivor and you won't believe the jaw-dropping secret she holds.
4. The Bridge
San Francisco's Golden Gate bridge is one of the most popular tourist destinations in the entire world. What you didn't know is that hundreds of people commit suicide by jumping off of this bridge every year. Although at times it teeters on the edge of sensationalism through interviews and actual footage, The Bridge pays tribute to the lost souls who found themselves desperate enough to go over the edge of one of the most famous bridges in the world.
5. Child Of Rage
This documentary will chill even the hardest macabre fan to the bone. This 27 minute documentary features interviews with a girl named Beth who suffers from attachment disorder. She scarily discusses how she sexually abused her brother and tortured animals. Her actions are a result of the sexual abuse she endured since the time she was an infant. To hear such brutality come out of the mouth of a child is something you won't soon forget.
6. My Brother The Serial Killer
This true-crime documentary courtesy of Investigation Discovery chronicles the life of serial killer Glen Rogers from his brothers's perspective. Glen Rogers might be behind over 70 murders, but strangely that's only half of what's interesting about this documentary. The documentary speculates that Glen Rogers is the real killer of Nicole Simpson and Ronald Goldman. Whether there is enough evidence to prove he is really the killer is up for you to decide.
7. Jesus Camp
This critically-acclaimed documentary records the everyday events of an evangelical camp for children. Some pretty chilling things go on in this documentary such as pastors making children confess their love for Jesus to the point of tears and children being forced to pray to a cut-out of George Bush. Although some Evangelicals say it paints their religion in a negative light, cameras don't lie.
8. The Hammer Maniacs
If you want to see a documentary about two young men who chose to brutally murder people with hammers, then be my guest and watch The Hammer Maniacs. These young men also recorded their crimes to be prepared for some of the most disturbing true-crime content ever recorded.
9. Killer Legends
Did you ever wonder where some urban legends started? This documentary takes three of the scariest urban legends of all time and gives you the origin of where they started. The scary part of this documentary is that you will learn that some urban legends, even the scary ones, are rooted in truth.
10. Dr. Death: The Rise And Fall Of Fred A. Leuchter, Jr.
This is the strangest biographical documentary I've ever seen. Fred A. Leuchter, Jr. perfected the electric chair but that's not the strangest thing about him. The strangest thing about Leuchter is the fact that his career ended because he believed he proved the Holocaust didn't exist. As the documentary unfolds it becomes clear that this guy has no idea what he's doing and his legacy of being a brilliant man is rightfully ruined.