Crime Scene Berlin: Nightlife Killer

Crime Scene Berlin: Nightlife Killer

TV-MA

netflix

A true crime limited series with a straightforward, respectful approach

6.5

TV Show

Germany, United States of America
German
Crime, Documentary
2024
CAROLINE SCHAPER, JAN ZABEIL
Debbie Pollack, Katrin Faust, Lucia Lu

TLDR

This felt like discussing true crime in a safe space.

What it's about

A man commits murder at a gay nightclub in Berlin. The police are onto him, but the killings keep happening.

The take

This is a 3-episode true crime docuseries that shows great care to the victims and affected parties of this particular case. Whether they're detectives, autopsy specialists, victims' relatives, witnesses—all seem to share in this safe space, exploring thought processes behind why a certain place or person might be targeted, while at the same time extending support to the queer community directly harmed by this trauma. The production and reenactments are sleek without being overbearing or needing to sensationalize unnecessary details. The only time the atmosphere shifts is when we see the perpetrator's perspective, which is a kind of creepy that draws no sympathy or intrigue to itself. Its pace can drag in the middle of an episode, but it's a true crime mini-series with a straightforward, respectful approach, and these days that's more than enough.

What stands out

That one guy really wants you to think he doesn't know what a dark room is.

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