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Conversation with a Killer: The John Wayne Gacy Tapes TV Review
Deeply disturbing documentary about serial killer. Read Common Sense Media's Conversation with a Killer: The John Wayne Gacy Tapes review, age rating, and parents guide.
Conversation with a Killer: The John Wayne Gacy Tapes
TV review by Polly Conway, Common Sense Media
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Deeply disturbing documentary about serial killer.
Netflix Reality TV 2022
age 18+ Based on 1 review
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The parents' guide to what's in this TV show.
What Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that Conversation with a Killer: The John Wayne Gacy Tapes is a documentary series about the notorious serial killer. Occasional profanity includes "s--t," "f--k." Nudity is presented in footage of orgies, sexual intercourse, and on magazine covers. Detailed discussion of pornography, pedophilia, sex acts, and sexual crimes. This miniseries is not for the faint of heart and is very disturbing to watch, even for some hardened true crime buffs.
PARENTS SAY (1) KIDS SAY escholl12 Adult 4 days ago age 18+
This documentary was riveting. But it had a lot of terrible content. It had pornography in it. It’s best to just avoid this show.
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What's the Story?
CONVERSATION WITH A KILLER: THE JOHN WAYNE GACY TAPES is a documentary about the notorious serial killer of at least 33 young men and boys in the 1970s. The series reiterates that Gacy was well-known in his neighborhood and community as a construction contractor and member of the local Democratic Party. Interviews with lawyers, law enforcement, detectives, and potential victims make up the bulk of the miniseries, with 1980 interviews with Gacy himself interspersed throughout.
Is It Any Good?
True crime buffs may appreciate the details in this heavy documentary, while others may find the whole thing too disturbing to be entertaining. Images of Gacy's home and personal objects, detailed interviews and play-by-plays of crime investigations make up the bulk of the series, as well as historical information about the area and the times, all of which is pretty interesting. What's less interesting is hearing from Gacy himself, who deserves no further airtime.
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Families can talk about true crime documentaries. Why do you think people want to hear more about these kinds of crimes?
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Premiere date: April 22, 2022Network: NetflixGenre: Reality TVTV rating: TV-MALast updated: April 22, 2022
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Conversations With a Killer: The John Wayne Gacy Tapes
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CONVERSATIONS WITH A KILLER: THE JOHN WAYNE GACY TAPES: LIMITED SERIES (2022)
CONVERSATIONS WITH A KILLER: THE JOHN WAYNE GACY TAPESCritics Consensus
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Critic Ratings: 5
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Air date: Apr 20, 2022
John Wayne Gacy becomes a prime suspect in teenager Robert Piest's disappearance; audio tapes reveal Gacy's thoughts and early days.
2. A Nicely Kept Secret
Air date: Apr 20, 2022
After a sprawling confession, John Wayne Gacy starts acting erratically, forcing police to contend with his behavior and a shifting investigation.
View Details 3. Sane Enough
Air date: Apr 20, 2022
As John Wayne Gacy's lawyers try to mount an insanity defense, police attempt the daunting task of identifying each of his victims.
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Premiere Date:Apr 20, 2022
CAST & CREW
Joe Berlinger Director
CRITIC REVIEWS FOR CONVERSATIONS WITH A KILLER: THE JOHN WAYNE GACY TAPES: LIMITED SERIES
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AUDIENCE REVIEWS FOR CONVERSATIONS WITH A KILLER: THE JOHN WAYNE GACY TAPES: LIMITED SERIES
Apr 22, 2022
This is a good series and this is a good addition to it. My one criticism of this look at the crimes of John Wayne Gacey is that it doesn't need to be three episodes. The show uses current day interviews and audio tapes of the interviews with the killer to tell his story. JWG is one of the most vile and disgusting serial killers of the modern era and he was "hiding in plain site". It is always amazing how when you watch these stories you can't help but feel sad that if people had put the pieces of the puzzle together just a little earlier how many people would have been saved. If you like true crime this is very good.
Marc Z Apr 21, 2022
This was a hell of a lot better than I thought it was going to be. The crew did a excellent job on this.
William T Apr 20, 2022
It's the same things we already know. I was expecting new information about John Gacy, Instead, it just mimics the other documentaries about his life and consequences.
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John Wayne Gacy Tapes Netflix review: 'Conversations With a Killer' lets the serial killer speak (actually, lie) from the great beyond
John Wayne Gacy remains the stuff of nightmares, a symbol of evil with the dress-up-like-a-clown twist to ensure his enduring place in the true-crime genre. "Conversations With a Killer: The John Wayne Gacy Tapes" finds the wispiest hook to add to that filmography, drawing from 60 hours of unearthed audio sprinkled throughout this three-part Netflix docuseries.
'Conversations With a Killer' lets John Wayne Gacy speak (actually, lie) from the great beyond
Review by Brian Lowry, CNN
Updated 2043 GMT (0443 HKT) April 20, 2022
A mug shot of John Wayne Gacy in 'Conversations With A Killer: The John Wayne Gacy Tapes' airing on Netflix.
(CNN)John Wayne Gacy remains the stuff of nightmares, a symbol of evil with the dress-up-like-a-clown twist to ensure his enduring place in the true-crime genre. "Conversations With a Killer: The John Wayne Gacy Tapes" finds the wispiest hook to add to that filmography, drawing from 60 hours of unearthed audio sprinkled throughout this three-part Netflix docuseries.
The problem with the new recordings, which were conducted by Gacy's lawyers, is that Gacy seeks to deflect blame for everything, as he was known for doing. In a 1994 New Yorker article (the year Gacy was executed by lethal injection), writer Alec Wilkinson summed up the challenge of interviewing him, noting, "Talking to Gacy requires patience. He doesn't listen to what you say, and consider it, and then respond. He merely defends himself. It is difficult to ask him a question that a detective or a prosecutor or a defense attorney or a psychiatrist has not already asked him and that he does not have an answer for."
Faced with that, just hearing Gacy's voice doesn't really add much to an understanding of what motivated him or the hideous nature of his crimes, a task that falls to the usual suspects, including surviving police and prosecutors involved in breaking the case back in the 1970s. There are also interviews with relatives of those killed, and one survivor of Gacy's attacks.
Their stories are horrific, recounting how the smell of decaying flesh ultimately gave Gacy away, ending a killing spree that included 33 victims, resulting in his conviction in 1980.
Yet what stands out in this project from director Joe Berlinger (whose serial-killer resume includes "Conversations With a Killer: The Ted Bundy Tapes") is the historical context of how Gacy exploited the vulnerability of young men and teens, especially those who had left home or been cast out by their families.
Otherwise, there's not much that's really new here, with Peacock's "John Wayne Gacy: Devil in Disguise" having covered similar territory just last year. But Netflix provides both a wider platform, and the project comes with a somewhat more contemporary hook amid ongoing efforts continue to identify Gacy's victims, some of whom remain unknown.
Because Gacy was active in his community and local politics, one of the lingering questions has always been, as the press notes phrase it, "How was a public figure like Gacy able to get away with murder for so long?"
Meticulously researched, "Conversations With a Killer" provides welcome context on that level, including homophobia that's reflected in Gacy's own discussions in which he explains his attraction to men as well as women.
As for why serial killers like Bundy and Gacy have exerted such a lasting hold on the public consciousness, that's a sad fact of the true-crime genre that, at this stage, doesn't require an explanation.
"Conversations With a Killer: The John Wayne Gacy Tapes" premieres April 20 on Netflix.
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