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I Am a Killer

I Am a Killer

Netflix 2018

Death row inmates convicted of capital murder give a firsthand account of their crimes in this documentary series.

Warning: the following content contains spoilers!

The 10 Best Episodes of I Am a Killer

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#1 - Living with the Consequences (Season 1 - Episode 9)

Teenage drug abuser Joshua Nelson murders a friend in cold blood to steal his car, but other shocking motivations for the crime emerge at his trial.

The episode was rated 7.53 from 76 votes.

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#2 - The Mockingbird (Season 1 - Episode 3)

Raised in an environment of drug addiction and crime, teenager Justin Dickens commits murder but disputes the prosecutor's version of events.

The episode was rated 7.51 from 113 votes.

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#3 - Sympathy for the Devil (Season 1 - Episode 4)

Sentenced for a triple murder linked by police to Satanism, Miguel Angel Martinez becomes the youngest person ever on death row in Texas.

The episode was rated 7.49 from 103 votes.

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#4 - Hunted (Season 1 - Episode 8)

Robert Shafer and a friend target a same-sex couple in a robbery, but their crime spins out of control into kidnapping and double murder.

The episode was rated 7.39 from 83 votes.

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#5 - Killer in the Eyes of the Law (Season 1 - Episode 2)

Kenneth Foster's death sentence is commuted just hours before his execution, but he asserts that his punishment under an unusual Texas law is unfair.

The episode was rated 7.32 from 141 votes.

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#6 - A Matter of Life and Death (Season 1 - Episode 10)

Convicted murderer Wayne Doty admits his guilt but requests that his execution be carried out by electric chair, a method no longer used in Florida.

The episode was rated 7.30 from 73 votes.

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#7 - Intended Evil (Season 1 - Episode 5)

After shooting his ex-girlfriend and her new lover, Charles Thompson is charged with manslaughter -- until his ex dies due to a hospital error.

The episode was rated 7.27 from 94 votes.

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#8 - Declared Competent (Season 1 - Episode 6)

No one -- including David Lewis himself -- disputes that he committed murder. But Lewis's mental fitness remains in doubt despite his death sentence.

The episode was rated 7.25 from 83 votes.

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#9 - An Ordinary Boy (Season 2 - Episode 2)

At the age of 17 years old, Leo Little kidnapped, robbed and murdered Jehovah’s Witness minister Christopher Chavez.

The episode was rated 7.23 from 62 votes.

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#10 - Pyro Joe (Season 2 - Episode 3)

After slashing the throat of 72-year-old Ruth Predmore when he went to rob her home to pay for his sister’s medical bills, Joseph Murphy spent 24 years on death row before finally having his sentence commuted by the then Governor of Ohio, John Kasich a week ahead of his scheduled execution.

The episode was rated 7.18 from 60 votes.

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#11 - Family Affair
Season 1 - Episode 7

High on a drug that fuels his paranoia, Deandra Buchanan fatally shoots his aunt, stepfather and girlfriend -- a crime he claims he can't recall.

The episode was rated from 80 votes.
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#12 - Means to an End
Season 1 - Episode 1

After years in solitary confinement, James Robertson admits to murdering his new cellmate as an escape to the better conditions on death row.

The episode was rated from 180 votes.
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#13 - Overkill
Season 2 - Episode 5

In 1996, David Barnett murdered his adoptive grandparents, stabbing them over 20 times with five different knives. His motivation for doing so remained a mystery until it was discovered that David Barnett claimed to have been subjected to years of physical and sexual abuse, not by his grandparents but by their son, his adoptive father, John Barnett.

The episode was rated from 52 votes.
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#14 - Owning It
Season 2 - Episode 7

Charles Armentrout attempted to murder his father, and successfully murdered his grandmother.

The episode was rated from 52 votes.
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#15 - Trapped
Season 2 - Episode 4

On October 13th 1984, after 15 years in an unhappy marriage Linda was planning to demand a divorce and according to Linda Couch that night a fight broke out and a gun discharged accidently, shooting Walter in the back of the head, killing him.

The episode was rated from 64 votes.
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#16 - Something Hideous
Season 2 - Episode 9

In 1984, alongside two female accomplices, Toby Lynn Williams robbed and kidnapped at gunpoint his former employer, Johnny Moore, his wife, Deborah, and six-month-old baby.

The episode was rated from 45 votes.
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#17 - In Her Hands
Season 2 - Episode 1

Why did 32-year-old Lindsay Haugen strangle and kill her 25-year-old lover Robert Mast in a Wal-Mart parking lot in Billings, Montana, on the 15th of September 2015? Revenge? Financial gain? Vicious compulsion? Mercy? Curiosity…? Well, it all depends on who you ask.

The episode was rated from 73 votes.
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#18 - Honorable Intentions
Season 2 - Episode 10

In December 1996, Mark Sam Arthur discovered his friend’s mother – Carmen Fonseca – badly beaten, at the hands of her husband. Whilst comforting the abused woman, Mark says he resolved to avenge her should he ever get the chance.

The episode was rated from 53 votes.
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#19 - Crossing the Line
Season 2 - Episode 6

Cavona Flenoy was convicted of the murder of a Sudanese student, with prosecutors arguing that she had lured him in with a promise of sex before shooting him and stealing his wallet and car.

The episode was rated from 50 votes.
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#20 - A Silent Order
Season 2 - Episode 8

For two murders he had carried out on New Year’s Day in 1996, Hutchinson received the ultimate punishment.

The episode was rated from 48 votes.

Last updated: sep 08, 2022



These stories are somewhat interesting, but aren't compelling. The cases are pretty clear cut and not much is up for debate. I guess it may challenge your opinion on the death penalty itself by exposing the flaws of the system, not whether they are guilty or deserve the death penalty.


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The first season was okay, but the cases were a little inconsistent in terms of how interesting they were. Season two has a much better rhythm to it and the cases are more consistent. A great series to watch if you're into true crime, are fascinated by the way people find ways to excuse the terrible things they do, and appalled by how the system can fail.


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