New Netflix True Crime Drama 'I Am A Killer' Has Fans 'Hooked' With Its Harrowing Stories Of Death Row
f you've already binge-watched The Ted Bundy Tapes and cried your way through When They See Us then you're probably ready for your next true crime drama hit.
A Netflix Original series, I Am A Killer follows the stories of ten convicted murderers and interviews them about their crimes, as they recount the events leading up the murders, their motivations and what it's truly like to live on death row.
As gruesome and harrowing as to be expected, a woman is heard in trailer saying: "To lure somebody into the woods, slice his throat and he's begging for his life and they still say 'no we're gonna kill you' and they did."
While self-confessed killer David Lewis admits: "I wish I could take back what I did. If I could I would in a heartbeat. After all this time of thinking about it, I know what it means to live now". Yet each story is so different, it's hard to know how to feel as a viewer.
One of the most intriguing cases of the bunch, we're introduced to Miguel Angel Martinez in the fourth episode "Sympathy for the Devil", who was sentenced to death for this role in a 'satanic' murder in 1991.
The youngest person to be sentenced to death in Texas history - he was just 17 at the time of his sentencing - Miguel was sentence was then changed to life imprisonment in 2002 and he is behind bars to this day.The teen was sentenced to death as part of his role in a triple axe- and- knife murder alongside two other men, Miguel Venegas and Milo Flores in the small town of Laredo, Texas.
A brutal murder in which three people were left dead, Martinez met Venegas shortly before the murder when they bonded through drugs.
"Milo [was wealthy] and had the means to get drugs. That was what joined us: smoking marijuana and doing cocaine," Martinez said during one of his interviews.
While the murder wasn't planned - they had been to the same house a few times before to steal things in exchange for drugs and that was the plan for that night too - it all ended in disaster when, according to Martinez, Venegas was overcome with "satanic desires".
"We decided to go to that house. It was supposed to be what we had done before. Nobody home, go in and take something." He admitted they had a baseball bat, an axe and some knives," he added.
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In a sad twist of fate, it was also actually one of the victims who gave the boys the key to the house - a young Baptist counselor called James Smile.
"I think it can be considered him seeing somebody that needed a father, or somebody that was disadvantaged and trying to help," explained Martinez.
Netflix series "I Am A Killer" features the story of Miguel Angel Martinez, Miguel Venegas and Milo Flores, who took part in a triple ax murder in 1991 in Laredo. https://t.co/DuoVHoDFXR
- KeyROSEcasual (@KeyroseLDO) August 5, 2018
"When we got to the house I had a bad feeling. Venegas walks over [and] when he came back he told me there's somebody in the house, which was a surprise. My thoughts were to get away...there was something that changed with Venegas. He was on a mission, and it was not to go steal anything...to him, he was on a mission from Satan," he said to Netflix producers.
Egged on by Venegas who had just stabbed a man sitting on the couch, Martinez then went on to stab the same guy before stealing a TV from the living room and then leaving the scene. Venegas has since confirmed that Satanic impulses played a role in the motivation for the murders, saying he truly believed the devil was going to kill him if he didn't kill those people.
Speaking about the murder, one of the acting officers said: "The level of violence was incredible...their bodies, their heads were smashed. In the master bedroom...the crucifix had been turned upside down."
The new drama has got fans hooked, with one posting: "Obsessed with 'I am a Killer' on Netflix,' and another saying: "Watching I am a Killer on Netflix, it's incredible. Get around it."
Obsessed with 'I am a Killer' on Netflix :eyes:
- Callum:sparkles: (@xCDMM) August 7, 2019
Watching I Am A Killer on Netflix, it's incredible. Get around it:ok_hand: #IAmAKiller
- Max Pollard (@MaxPollard92) August 3, 2019
"I am a killer on Netflix...death row inmates telling their story but also shows the side from family members of victims or police force. Recommend if you like crime shows," says another.
'I am a killer' on Netflix... death row inmates telling their story but also shows the side from family members of victims or police force. Recommend if you like crime shows
- edna. (@eednasays) August 5, 2019
This fan actually feels sorry for the killers: "Am I the only person that sees the good in all people? Like I'm watching "I AM A KILLER" on Netflix and still see the good in them? Orrr am I just crazy for believing there's good in all people?"
Am I the only person that sees the good in all people? Like I'm watching " I AM A KILLER" on Netflix and still see the good in them ? Orrrr am I just crazy for believing there's good in all people ?
- leslie (@RIOS23A) August 4, 2018
We recommend a BIG glass of wine if you're settling down to watch this one.
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