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Stream or Skip: ‘I’m a stalker’ on Netflix, a docuseries interviewing stalkers and their victims – Jugo Mobile

Similar to true crime documentaries. I Am A Killer, the producers of the documentary series I Am A Stalker interview people who have been convicted of stalking and also speak with some of their victims, police officers and domestic violence experts. What the show reinforces is that stalking is more likely to be a domestic violence crime than a case of random people chasing random people.

AM A STALKER: Streaming OR SKIPPING?

Opening shot: Scenes of barbed wire and a watchtower outside a prison. “I never looked up the definition of stalking, but the law establishes two or more unwanted contacts,” says convicted murderer and stalker Daniel Thompson.

Essence: The case of Daniel Thompson, who is serving a life sentence (which is actually only 30 years in Missouri, where he was convicted and entitled to parole) for second-degree murder, is like most cases the series has seen. examine. It’s not about a random person obsessing over and chasing another random person; these are DV cases, where the harasser and the victim had a previous relationship.

When Thompson’s marriage to his wife Angie fell apart, due to her controlling nature and violent tendencies, he continued to pursue her despite a restraining order. In his mind, he was trying to save the marriage, but her actions indicated that he was angry and couldn’t control her impulses. When he breaks into the house Angie has moved into after going to a DV shelter with her kids and steals a butcher knife, he is caught and convicted of theft despite his intent to kill Angie.

He serves seven years and then starts the pattern all over again with a new girlfriend, for which he surprisingly gets parole. Then, with another woman he dated, he goes to her house to kill her and stabs a man named James Vail to death. Vail’s mother Bonnie recounts how she investigated Thompson and shows a repeated pattern of threats and violent behavior that seemed unpunished by the state.

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What programs will this remind you of? As we said earlier, I Am A Stalker is a sort of sequel to I Am A Killer, and the episodes of each have a similar format.

Our outlet: Like its cousin show, I’m a Stalker is fascinating because of the extensive interview with the man convicted of the crime. In Thompson’s case, his interview showed a rather intelligent man who at times seemed delusional and narcissistic and at other times looked regretful and regretful. It is always fascinating to hear what goes on in the minds of people who have committed such unthinkable acts.

But it’s also nice that director Alanna McVerry balances Thompson’s biased perspective with the perspective of at least one of his victims, in addition to the mother of the man he murdered. This shows that stalking victims have to deal with a law enforcement infrastructure that is not equipped to handle stalking and threats unless something concrete happens, like an assault or robbery or, God forbid, a murder. .

It’s definitely a series that should be taken in small pieces, as a binge feels like an evil overload to us. But it’s worth watching, despite an oversimplification of the timeline of these criminals’ deeds.

Sex and skin: None.

Farewell shot: Angie tells the director that “There is a pattern. And that pattern has not been broken.

sleeping star: There really isn’t a sleeping star, but we’ll use this space to mention that if there’s a film about the Thompson case, we think Rob Huebel would be perfect to play him.

Most of the Pilot-y line: Can we do away with the cliché of true crime documentaries that show cops driving in their opening scenes? Here, an active police officer involved in the Thompson case drives his cruiser and a retired police officer drives his truck.

Our call: TRANSMIT. I’m a stalker works because we hear from stalkers. His prospects are heartbreaking to say the least.

Joel Keller (@joelkeller) writes about food, entertainment, parenting, and technology, but he’s not kidding himself: he’s a couch potato. His writings have been published in the New York Times, Slate, Salon, RollingStone.com, vanityfair.comFast Company, and elsewhere.

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