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Indian Predator: The Diary of a Serial Killer

By Melissa Camacho, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 16+

Sensationalized docuseries has gruesome violence, prejudice.

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The dark series, which is an installment of the Indian Predator true crime franchise, attempts to offer an in-depth analysis of the circumstances that led to the public characterization of Raja Kolander as a ritualistic serial killer. Gruesome archive footage and interviews with victims' families, law enforcement, and various witnesses and experts offer details about Dheerenda Singh's murder, the investigation, and the complicated legal wrangling that ensued. Meanwhile, Kolander (who is serving a life sentence) and his children proclaim his innocence. The overall production leans toward the sensational, but Indian Predator: The Diary of a Serial Killer does offer some interesting insight into how the country's caste system and overall prejudices about Indian tribal culture continue to inform people's interpretations of the crimes that were committed. Nonetheless, the series goes out of its way to magnify the more colorful (and horrifying) theories about this case, making it more entertaining than informative.

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