Wednesday, January 25, 2012

Crimes That Shook the World: The Vienna Strangler (2006)

Director: Ross Harper

Starring: Jack Unterweger & his victims

More info: IMDb

Plot: Documentary series exploring major crimes of the 20th century. Using archive footage, reconstructions and interviews, the series profiles the most notorious murderers in recent history. This episode recounts the sensational story of Johann Unterweger, the Austrian media figure who was responsible for a string of murders across Europe and America in the early 1990s.

My rating: 7.5/10

Will I watch it again? Probably not as there's another documentary that's a little better.

If you're going to watch just one documentary on this cat, watch JACK UNTERWEGER: POET OF DEATH (2004) as it's a bit better. This guy is unique and very fascinating in the annuls of serial killers. He loved the spotlight but was famous in Europe for being a highly acclaimed writer and former convicted murderer. He did the talk show circuits and was highly regarded in literary and social circles. This British doc is a treat to watch and it's almost as good as the other one. Those Brits don't waste your time with filler like they do over here in the U.S.. The entire episode starts on the YouTube video above.

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