There is no doubt that documentaries detailing the crimes and capture of various serial killers have seriously boosted viewing figures for Netflix. Almost more than any other genre, detailed, well-produced and gripping stories have had audiences glued to their tv's. For whatever reason, we are simply fascinated by the macabre. The likes of Nightstalker and The Ripper were huge hits for the streaming service so it's hard to fault the concept of simply creating more of what people want to see. And that's what brings us to The Raincoat Killer: Chasing a Predator in Korea.
Over three parts, this docu-series looks at the crimes of Yoo Young-chul, a notorious serial killer who came to light in Korea in 2004. Over the span of just one year, from 2003-2004, Young-chul viciously murdered a total of 20 people. What made the story even more shocking was the way he killed, using methods that were horrific and unprecedented.
His victims ranged from the wealthy elderly to sex workers and this documentary examines the events through never-before-seen archival footage and interviews with the people directly involved in the case. They include family members, the officer in charge of the case, detectives and investigators, lawyers and profilers, the story of The Raincoat Killer leaves no stone unturned.
Young-chul wasn't a stranger to the criminal world when his serial killer crimes were finally uncovered. He was previously convicted of several different charges and served a total of seven years in prison prior to his string of murders.
Yoo Young-chul's crimes are reasonably well-documented so this series delves deeper into his past in order to gain some insight as to why he did what he did. To bring more depth to the show, Netflix also brought in profiler Kwon Il-Yong. Kwon was one of the countries first profilers who spoke directly with Yoon during the investigation.
The Raincoat Killer: Chasing a Predator in Korea does what all good Netflix crime documentaries do. It lays the scene, uses great footage, interviews and details. It keeps you hooked. But is it a case of ‘seen one serial documentary, seen them all'? Perhaps. But with the public's appetite for this type of programming seemingly never-ending, we can add this to the pile and move on, waiting for the next one.
And just in case you're wondering, he was dubbed as The Raincoat Killer because he often wore a raincoat while committing his crimes, even during his arrest.