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Memories of a Murderer: The Nilsen Tapes

By Barbara Shulgasser-Parker, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 16+

Britain's worst serial killer talks on tape; violence.

Movie NR 2021 84 minutes
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This documentary is fascinating but also difficult to watch. What Memories of a Murderer: The Nilsen Tapes does a good job of conveying is the way society has demonstrated as little remorse about abandoning runaways, the homeless, and gay people as Nilsen had about killing such marginalized members of the community. For five years, people who seemingly didn't matter to anyone were being killed and dismembered and no one raised a finger to stop Nilsen. Harte organizes the material well, but it's difficult to get past the heinous nature of the crimes and the boastfulness and self importance of the title character.

Movie Details

  • On DVD or streaming: August 18, 2021
  • Director: Michael Harte
  • Studio: Netflix
  • Genre: Documentary
  • Run time: 84 minutes
  • MPAA rating: NR
  • Last updated: February 17, 2023

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