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Warranting more than suspicion, get ready to feel goose bumps all over your body with these creepy, scary documentaries that will simply make your blood cold. With true crime at the helm of these films, will you believe the truth or the killer’s version of the story? Here are 20 scary documentaries based on true crime. 

20 True Scary Documentaries To Scare The BeJesus Out Of You! 

1. The Jeffrey Dahmer Files (2013)

A man is notorious for attempted rape, murder, and injury. The documentary focuses on the year 1991 when Dahmer was captured. Confessions, interrogation records and what happened are mind-blowing!

This independent documentary film about serial killer Jeffrey Dahmer includes testimonies from Police Detective Patrick Kennedy, Milwaukee Medical Examiner Jeffrey Jentzen, and the criminal’s neighbor Pamela Bass intertwined with archival footage and everyday scenes from Dahmer’s life. 

The Jeffrey Dahmer Files explores Jeffrey Dahmer in 1991 during the summer of his arrest where he was sentenced to 957 years in prison for murdering 17 men and boys and dismembering their bodies. 

Jeffrey Dahmer’s inner connections worked together to dismantle the facade of an everyday man and ordinary man leading an ordinary life.

2. The Killing of America (1982)

The Killing of America documentary focuses on the events in America after 1970, which can also be called the ‘America’s moral collapse’ era. You will be scared while watching the documentary. The use of real footage and interviews with real serial killers like Edmund Kemper put the directors in a deep, dark, murky depression.

3. Haunters: The Art of the Scare (2017)

Haunted houses where the normal rules don’t apply don’t just scare us to an average degree, they have revealed an underground culture of hunting. Haunters shows through interviews in the documentary industry that their job doesn’t scare them, it hurts them.

4. The Witness (2015)

Kitty Genevose was stabbed in March 1964 while touring New York. According to reports, 38 people watched the incident from their windows and no one intervened. In this documentary, Kitty’s brother uncovers the truth. It is known that this documentary had a great impact on the acceptance of the United States 911 Emergency System.

5. Mommy Dead and Dearest (2017)

The lasting damage of Gypsy Rose Blanchard went unknown till she took revenge on her mother in 2015. She did not know that her illness was triggered by her mother. She tells us the inner world of Mommy Dead and Dearest Gypsy and the torture she suffered by her watcher for 20 years. 

Her watcher of course was the infamous Dee Dee Blanchard who is assumed to have suffered from the mental disorder of the Munchausen syndrome by proxy. Under this condition the mother  managed to artificially stage her only daughter, Gypsy Rose Blanchard (* 1991), as seriously ill with fraud and manipulation of doctors and those around her. Manipulations included keeping her daughter ill with medication and as a result of which she lost her teeth, Dee Dee Blanchard also kept shaving her daughter’s hair to make it appear that Gypsy had leukemia and made her use a wheelchair from when she claimed her daughter was suffering from muscle atrophy. 

By claiming that her daughter was this sick, many financial benefits came but as the daughter grew older, the two began to isolate themselves to keep the lie alive.

The Dee Dee Blanchard murder case took place in June 2015 in Springfield, Missouri following the daughter meeting Nicholas Paul Godejohn (b. 1989) on the internet. He murdered Dee Dee Blanchard by stabbing him with a knife one night between June 9 and June 14, 2015. Gypsy was convicted of involvement in her mother’s murder and HBO produced the 2017 documentary Mommy Dead and Dearest, directed by Erin Lee Carr, about the case.

6. The Galápagos Affair: Satan Came to Eden (2013)

In the 1930s, a group of people who wanted to get away from city life decided to settle in the Galapagos Islands from Germany. Shortly after, two members of the group disappear and people’s excitement for their new life turns into a true killer story. This highly acclaimed documentary is voiced by Cate Blanchett and Diana Kruger.

The Galápagos Affair: Satan Came to Eden (2013) received good reviews among reviewers with an 82% on Rotten Tomatoes. 

The film is very scary as it tries to explain unexplained deaths and disappearances on the island of Floreana and a four-minute silent film The Empress of Floreana from 1934 is part of the film but is divided into two. 

This scary documentary was directed by Daniel Geller and Dayna Goldfine who saw their movie being screened at the Berlin Film Festival, among others, but premiered at the Telluride Film Festival. 

7. The Family I Had (2017)

In 2007, a 13-year-old boy strangled his 4-year-old sister. His mother calls the consequences of her son’s actions murder. Roger Ebert’s audit team gives the event 3 out of 4 stars.

8. Crazy Love (2007)

In the 1950s, lawyers Burt Pugach and Linda Riss began dating, but when their romance faded and Linda became engaged to someone else, Burt Pugach poured solution on Linda’s face and blinded her. Burt didn’t stop sending letters to Linda while she was in prison, and they were married in 1974, oddly enough, after Burt was acquitted. Crazy Love is one of the most disgusting relationships of the 2000s.

9. The Summit (2012)

In 2008, 11 mountain climbers were climbing the China-Pakistan border and it ended up becoming one of the worst accidents in mountaineering history, called the ‘K2 disaster’ where one died in the accident. 

Since the research data was taken from emergency calls and eyewitnesses in the accident, all the details of the people who lost their lives in the accident at that moment are quite chilling.

10. Josef Fritzl: Story of a Monster (2010)

An extremely vile, scary person named Fritzl, locked his daughter in a basement for 24 years and raped her hundreds of times. 

After these rapes, the girl had 7 children born by her father. In this documentary, we learn the frightening behind the scenes and Fritzl’s evil thoughts through interviews with doctors and family members.

11. The Bridge (2006)

The Golden Gate Bridge has a notorious reputation as a popular suicide spot. There are even emergency telephone networks on the walkway to persuade people who want to end their lives. In this scary documentary, the Bridge focuses on the people who ended their lives and their family members. 

12. Just Melvin, Just Evil (2000)

Just Melvin sexually abused 10 people in his family, including his 2-year-old daughter. His step-grandson delves into the grief of his family affected by this event and describes in gruesome detail the aftermath of these devastating events in this scary documentary based on true crimes. 

13. Genie: Secret of the Wild Child (1994)

‘Genie’ is a prisoner who was imprisoned in her room for over 13 years until she was freed by her abusive father. 

‘Genie’ is also the nickname for the little girl who was not properly fed.

Genie: Secret of the Wild Child is another scary documentary based on true crime that questions human development and sheds light on the little girl’s suffering.

14. The Cheshire Murders (2013)

In 2007, two people broke into the Petit family’s home in Connecticut, killing their family members after they took them hostage and robbed them. The documentary explores whether there is a special reason behind the family’s targeting, and the truth emerges that the family can actually be saved.

15. Gladiator Days: Anatomy of a Prison Murder (2002)

Another scary documentary focuses on racist Troy who Kell persuaded a prisoner to kill Lonnie Blackmon, who was in the same ward, because of his skin color. Gladiator Days examines brutal prison violence through this example.

16. Missing 411 (2016)

Missing 411 explores decades of disappearance in US national parks and is based on the work of author and cryptozoologist David Paulides, who sought to disprove the existence of legends like the Bigfoot.

17. Child of Rage (1990)

The little girl we see in the photo of the scary documentary was raped as a child and adopted by another family. This distracted little girl calmly explains why she wants to kill her parents. How they abused her younger brother and harmed animals is also included in the documentary.

18. Beware the Slenderman (2016)

In 2014, two girlfriends tried to kill another friend with a backstab to impress a fictional character, Slender Man, in an incident in Wisconsin. The 2 women and their targeted victim survived, so the documentary focuses more on the character of Slender Man and how it affects the brains of these two near-killers, rather than the event.

Beware the Slenderman tells the story of a tragic situation which was shot in eighteen months and includes interviews with the families of two would-be murderers. There are excerpts from YouTube videos about Slender Man in the video. The scary documentary also uses footage from Slender: The Eight Pages and Minecraft.

19. Wisconsin Death Trip (1999)

Some evil things found in Blac River Falls, Wisconsin, prevent the living from killing each other. It caused blazing buildings and some strange behavior. Get ready for a trip to the most mysterious and terrifying events! 

For more scary details, know that Wisconsin Death Trip follows the story of  the city of Black River Falls, Wisconsin, which was hit by a series of disasters in the late nineteenth century. 

The entire British-American film from 1999 is accompanied by the voice of Ian Holm. The documentary was made by director James Marsh based on Michael Lesy’s 1973 book of the same name. 

Wisconsin Death Trip (1999) won a BAFTA award for best camera and the whole film’s music was scored by DJ Shadow and the final subtitles are accompanied by piano music by John Cale. 

20. The Woman Who Wasn’t There (2012)

Tania Head deceived everyone that she met by saying that she was in the World Trade Center building targeted in the September 11 attacks in New York. She said he was on the 78th floor of the south tower of the World Trade Center at the exact time of the explosion. The deception lasted until September 27, 2007, when The New York Times uncovered the fraud. 

Tania Head also said her husband died in the attacks. Not only that, she became president of the World Trade Center Survivors Network. This documentary exposes Tania Head’s lies and who the real Tania Head is.

Eventually the Spanish newspaper La Vanguardia discovered Tania Head’s true identity, as well as her wounds, which had always existed before the tragic accident, according to the newspaper’s research following the statements of “Tania’s”  friends. 

So who was the real Alícia Esteve? The dramatic experiences of “The Woman Who Wasn’t There” tells the story of numerous interventions in the media and all this fame as we know led her to be president and director of the Association of Survivors of the World Trade Center attacks, which she co-founded with Gerry Bogacz. When the deception was uncovered, this job lasted until the last week of September 2007. 

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Where Is Erik Per Sullivan Aka Dewey of Malcolm in the Middle?

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Erik Per Sullivan

More popularly known as Dewey of Malcolm in the Middle, Erik Per Sullivan is a grown-up adult now but still has a huge fan following. He was a child artist when he got fame besides working for charity events and playing musical instruments. Although Erik has disappeared from the film industry, sources estimate his net worth around $5 million. Erik started his career at the tender age of five and was consistent with his acting skills until he was in high school. When he took a long break from acting after his show Malcolm in the Middle, Erik completed his black belt training in Taekwondo. Most of his fans wonder, where is Erik Per Sullivan, particularly when he is not seen on Instagram for days as they want him to start acting once again just like he did fifteen years back.

About Erik Per Sullivan

Erik Per Sullivan was born in Massachusetts’s Worcester on 21st July 1991. His father, Fred Sullivan had an Irish history while his mother Ann Sullivan was Swedish. Erik completed his schooling at Mount Saint Charles Academy and Philips Exeter Academy. He learnt acting from KD college and completed graduation from the University of California. Erik was a bright student and could speak Swedish and English fluently. He had also learned how to speak French later. He has no siblings and loves travelling to his mother’s native land i.e., Sweden. In addition to having a black belt in taekwondo, Erik is also a saxophonist, pianist, and plays other instruments. When we saw Erik Per Sullivan for the first time on Tv, he was just seven years old.

Erik Per Sullivan received many awards and got nominated for various roles as a child artist. His most prominent role was Dewey in Malcolm in the Middle. He was just 9 when he got Young Star Award and later received Fright Meter Award in 2001. Erik likes to keep his love life private, but he did once have a controversial relationship with an American actress, model, and singer named Daveigh Chase. Chase had always been in some of the other controversies. Once, she was caught in a stolen car in 2017 and has a net worth of not more than $500k. Erik had also helped his co-star Jane Kaczmarek to complete a book named Together which was written for a charity cause organized by Heifer International.

About Erik Per Sullivan’s role in Malcolm in the Middle

Every kid of the early 2000s will know Dewey of Malcolm in the Middle since it was one of the most popular television shows featured during that time. The show was a comedy family drama and starred Frankie Muniz, Bryan Cranston, and Erik Per Sullivan. It centred around a dysfunctional family that had genius children. Erik played the role of youngest brother Dewey who is just after Malcolm. However, by the end of the final season, he was joined by his fifth sibling and one younger than him.

Although Erik appeared in a sci-fi movie Armageddon for a brief role, Malcolm in the Middle along with the ‘The Cider House rules’ were two which made him immensely popular. When he joined the film industry, Erik was just seven and when the show ended, he was 14 and completing his middle-high school. Apart from it, he had given a voiceover to Finding Nemo and Arthur of the Invisibles. The last movie where we saw him acting was Twelve where Erik played the role of Timmy.

Where is Erik Per Sullivan now?

Since Erik Per Sullivan did tremendous acting, all his fans wonder why he left acting and disappeared abruptly. As a child, he must have been interested in Hollywood as he did many sitcoms in the 2000s. But was the limelight too much for him? Frankie Muniz tweeted in 2009 that he had a conversation with Erik again and that they had spoken to each other after many years, he said that Erik was attending USC. Many fans claimed and discussed Dewey on Reddit mentioning, “Dewey is one of my favourite characters on the show. And on the last three seasons, in my opinion, he showed to be smarter than Malcolm, and even more mature that Malcolm and Reese sometimes. But they would always ignore him, or diminished everything he did.”

Erik’s co-star, Jane Kaczmarek who played Lois in Malcolm in the Middle stated about Bryan Cranston after he received a star on the Hollywood Walk of fame. She claimed that Erik and Bryan were close to each other and Bryan did justice to Erik’s acting potential. She said, “Some of my fondest memories are of Bryan taking care of those boys, the kids who played our naughty children.” It is evident from the comments made by the actors on the show that Erik was a part of their family and loved by everyone. But now, he is seen participating in other activities than acting from his social media accounts. While some claims that he stopped acting after his break-up with Daveigh Chase, others claim that Erik wants to live a simple life far away from the limelight.

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Interesting facts about Michael Rady all his fans must know about

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Michael Rady is one American actor who has acted in various movies, television shows and series. As an actor, Michael Rady began his acting career in television shows like Greek, Sleeper Cells, Grey’s Anatomy, The Mentalist, Jane the Virgin, Lucifer, and Emily Owens M.D. In addition, he has appeared in popular movies such as J. Edgar, The Sisterhood of the Travelling Pants 2, The Guardian and Committed. Since he was seen in many of Hallmark Channel’s movies in the last few years, he is also known as Hallmark Star. If you are a fan of Michael Rady and want to learn more about him, keep reading.

Michael Rady’s debut movie was a great hit

As per showbiz blog In Hollywood, succeeding without failing is very rare, particularly if a person tries to become an actor. Even though they try to put great efforts to make their acting a significant one, many do not achieve their goal in their first shot. However, Michael Rady’s role as Kostas Dounas was an instant hit in his debut movie The Sisterhood of the Travelling Pants where he worked with his other co-stars Alexis Bledel ad Blake Lively. This was the first when Rady was introduced to the world of acting after which, he appeared in many tv shows and movies actively.

Michael Rady is also known as Hallmark Star by his fans

With his first hit Travelling Pants being a huge success, Michael Rady got many movies and television shows from some very prominent production houses. Hallmark is one production house and a channel that is known for showcasing fun, cheesy and addictive movies throughout the year. Michael Rady is the actor who is extremely loved by the channel as he has been starred in more than 9 movies for the network that aired on the Hallmark Channel.

Michael Rady’s Net Worth

As of 2022, sources estimate Michael Rady’s net worth to be around $8 million. This includes his assets, income and other possessions he earned due to his acting career. For the past two decades, he had been working hard and still going great with a strong career ahead.

Michael Rady is a happily married man

Although people are still unsure when did Michael Rady got married, from his social media posts and public appearances, he seems to have a happily married life. His wife’s name is Rachael Kemery and was also born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA. The couple spent most of their time in New York and California with their kids. Rachael is 34 years old and best known as an actress who had worked for Melrose Place, Secret Santa, In Search of and Random Encounters. She is quite active on Instagram and has many followers like Michael Rady.

Michael Rady is a proud father

Michael Rady is not just a great actor and a good husband but also a proud father of three lovely kids. The first time Rachael and Michael became parents was in 2012 when Ellington was born. In 2014, their second kid August was born and their third child Olive was welcomed in 2016 later.

Michael Rady was a music teacher for many years

Michael loved music when he was in college. He used to direct musical shows and even taught them. In one of the interviews, Rady said,” I just grew up always watching musicals. Movie musicals like West Side Story and Hans Christian Anderson and Camelot and Fiddler on the Roof. I would perform those all over the house, and my parents quickly noticed that I was quite outgoing in that regard and would possibly or likely be interested in the performing arts.” He said that he was always inclined towards music, singing and performing before he joined theatre.

Michael Rady is a vegan

Michael Rady’s appearance or ethnicity is Caucasian with brown eyes and dark hair. The actor has a good body with delicate features, appropriate body height and weight. It can be said that Michael takes good care of his personal health and choice regarding diet and workouts. One such decision which he made for his well-being is becoming vegan which he follows very well to date.

Michael Rady learnt theatre before entering Hollywood

Rady was committed to making a viable career as an actor, so he studied acting as often as he could. Rady enrolled in Temple University in his hometown of Philadelphia after graduating from high school. He enlisted in the theatre program and illustrated that he worked hard and made the best decisions possible during his time there.

Michael Rady loves to live a private life

We appreciate Michael Rady and his lovely family for sharing their free time with their admirers. He shares pictures of his fun with his wife and kids on his Instagram page. He’s also not afraid to draw a line between his personal life and that of his fans. He only shares little bits with his fans, not all tiny moments, detail, or private thought.

Michael Rady is active on social media

Since Rady belongs to the entertainment industry, he has to be active on social media to communicate with his fans and promote his new work. This is the reason we can see Michael active on his Twitter account where he has more than 15.5k followers. On their Instagram page, he has more than 20k followers who follow Michael to know about his new posts related to his personal life, movies or other events.

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Is Perry Mattfeld Really Blind, or It Is Just for Her Series in the Dark?

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We all have seen an outstanding performance of Perry Mattfeld in her series ‘In the Dark’ released in 2019. The stellar performance of Perry Mattfeld had made many audiences believe that Perry Mattfeld is blind in her real life as well. However, this is not true at all. The talented actress had indeed worked very hard to portray herself as visually impaired, although the role was quite difficult.

Perry stated in interviews that she was least concerned about her looks or what others thought of her. Rather, she was very focused on her role and Murphy’s character to give her best to her audiences. From the very beginning episode of the series, you may not make out whether she is blind or not, but as the story unfolds, you will find that the poor girl lost her eyes in childhood.

About Perry Mattfeld

Perry Frances Mattfeld was born on 29th March 1994 in California, US. Her parents, Kenneth Mattfeld and Shelley Garcia named her Perry Frances Mattfeld. Perry graduated from the University of Southern California and studied acting at the School of Dramatic Arts. She is not married yet but has a boyfriend named Andrew Wright.

Perry Mattfeld started her career at the very tender age of five through her ballet dancing skills. She danced for ballets until nine after which she learnt various other dance forms as well until her acting career that started in 2006. She did more than 164 shows and appeared first on television in the Megan Mullaly Show. She was also seen acting for minor roles in Stitchers and Escape and later got a big breakout for a role in Shameless. Perry also got critical acclamations for her character in Wizards of Waverly Place and Franken Girl. Her recent In the Dark CW series is been watched extensively on Netflix.

About Perry Mattfeld’s show In the Dark

In the Dark is a television series based on America. Corinne Kingsbury developed the show for the CW, which debuted as a mid-season between 2018 and 2019. As of season 3 of In the Dark, Perry Mattfeld plays Murphy Mason, a young woman in her early 20s who lost her eyes at 14 due to retinitis pigmentosa. Her introverted personality, self-destructive attitude and blindness make her unwelcoming for many people. However, when her friend is killed, she finds a new purpose in her life and tries to find the murderer.  

In the series, Murphy has just two friends, Tyson, a teenage drug dealer who saved Murphy from a violent mugging and Jess, her roommate. When she went out for a walk with her dog Pretzel, Murphy stumbles upon a dead body that she thinks of Tyson. However, it disappears before the police arrive at the crime scene. In spite of their lack of interest, Murphy decides to investigate what actually happened with her friend. She not just solves the murder mystery herself but also managed her dating life and the job she hated at ‘Guiding Hope’, a school for training guide dogs.

Although you may not have seen the series, you must be fascinated by the storyline and title by now. The show will make you feel about people suffering from blindness, their struggles and how their firm dedication gives them strength. 

What did Perry Mattfeld do to prepare for his role as Murphy?

Perry Mattfeld was pretty hesitant about her acting skills initially. After a few episodes, nevertheless, confidence replaced anxiousness, and everything returned to normal. Lorri Bernson, a powerful figure in Guide Dogs of America, is said to be the inspiration for her character.

In an interview, Perry said that she simply spent some time in Bernson’s home on the first day. That day, she noticed how much she was responsible for the show.   Mattfeld also kept track of the cute pooch’s activities as a guide dog in real life.

Perry Mattfeld brought it to the attention of a blind writer on the team while discussing portraying a blind character. Calle Walton, a blind actress, was also cast in the film. They’ve both influenced her to play the character for the screen. Essentially, the crew managed to draw fine details and ideas from their own lives, that further assisted the show coming to life.

Perry Matfield’s ‘In the dark’ CW series review

In the Dark can be claimed as a CW series featuring female leads. The series often pushes the line of what many think the CW content line was. The series’ greatest strength, however, is its cast. Perry Mattfeld plays a sexually promiscuous blind woman in the film. Many other cast members appear brilliantly like Perry Mattfeld. For federal Josh Wallace played by Theodore Bhat, he had a short-lived relationship with Murphy and learns about her involvement in an important case of his life. He teams up with Gene Clemmons, PD Officer in Chicago to put Murphy and her friends away from the case. But, can they win in this hide and seek game?

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