America's Serial Killers: Portraits in Evil


Serial Killers: Portraits in Evil will strip the covers from a world of profiling, forensic science and painful investigation as history's most brutal serial killers are exposed. 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 MaoTseTung who ordered the death of tens of millions. But in the middle of the 20th century a new and chilling phenomenon emerged in post-war Western society: The Serial Killer. As if fashioned from our nightmares, they terrify and fascinate us. Lurking behind masks of bland normality they often evade capture for years, decades or eternity. They are America's serial killers.

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The Monster Within And Among Us

Episode One discusses Jack The Ripper (even though he’s not American), since he is pretty much the first recognized serial killer. Since a lack of real footage is obvious, this episode uses footage from an old black and white movie, loosely based on Jack The Ripper.


Killers Without Conscience

This episode is set in the 1800’s and talks of H. H. Holmes (Doctor Death), and Jane Toppan (The Angel of Death).


The Bogeyman’s Gonna Eat You

Episode Three is dominated by the story of Albert Fish (The Vampire of Brooklyn) mid-to-late-1800’s era. A depraved old man who killed, and ate, a child, mutilated himself with needles in his groin, and other strangeness. The episode shows how the Peter Lorre film, ‘M’, used Fish as it’s basis.


Serial Killing Begins Again

Episode Four moves in to the 1900’s covers The Boston Strangler, Ed Gein, and The Lipstick Killer.


Men Who Like To Kill

Episode Five discusses The Zodiac Killer, The Son Of Sam, Charles Manson, and Ted Bundy.


Homosexual Serial Killers

Episode Six looks at John Wayne Gacy (The Killer Clown), and The Highway Killers.


Buddy Serial Killing

Episode Seven shows The Hillside Stranglers and The Beltway Snipers. The Snipers were really very different in their serial killing, since they killed from a distance, something that hadn’t really been done, or considered, before.


The Many Faces Of Serial Killers

Episode Eight discusses the Gainesville Ripper, the Unabomber and Henry Lee Lucas, showing that serial killers come from all walks of life and from all levels of intellect.


To Catch A Serial Killer

Episode Nine explains how killers such as, The Green River Killer and BTK, were caught. Usually using sheer luck, or small, seemingly insignificant items. Interestingly, it also pokes a finger at the cops saying how they are reluctant to involve the FBI, or even share information between one another.


Why Serial Killers Kill

Episode Ten tries to explain ‘Why Serial Killers Kill‘ using The Night Stalker, and Jeffrey Dahmer as example. Ramirez (The Night Stalker) basically became a rock star with women wanting to marry him, while Dahmer, using cannibalism, wanted to simply keep his victims forever.