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

Conversations with a Killer: The John Wayne Gacy Tapes‘ is a Netflix true crime documentary that features previously unheard conversations with serial killer John Wayne Gacy aka the Killer Clown. The show ran for three episodes and discussed the horrible crimes of Gacy.

John Wayne Gacy was a serial killer believed to have murdered at least thirty victims in the Chicago, Illinois area who became known as the “Killer Clown” since he would dress as a clown for neighborhood events. He buried most of his victims on his property while others were thrown in a river. Through recordings heard of conversations with Gacy and his legal team, we get an inside peek into his disturbed mind and why he attacked the innocent young men that had the misfortune of meeting him.

I thoroughly enjoyed this documentary. We get to hear interviews from family members, survivors, law enforcement, and even his legal team. I have seen several documentaries on Gacy and his horrific crimes, but I felt this one was better organized and gave a more coherent timeline of his movements as well as the events leading up to his arrest. I also appreciated that it paid to respect to his victims, something that is often overlooked in true crime documentaries.

There was one thing that I thought was dumb about this documentary. As people talked about Gacy and his bizarre proclivities, they would splice in b-roll of various scenes of people engaged in, sometimes graphic, sexual activities. I found this to be totally unnecessary and it only slowed the documentary down.

Outside of that, I found it very compelling, especially the testimony given by a survivor of Gacy. He barely managed to escape and his story was very harrowing. That was, in my opinion, something that made this a unique documentary series about the whole situation of the Killer Clown.

Check out the trailer below:

PARENTAL CONCERNS: Discussion of child abuse, Disturbing topics, Thematic elements, Strong foul language, Nudity, Sexuality

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