The Netflix documentary series "I Am A Stalker" features interviews with convicted stalkers and their victims.
The show has left many viewers paranoid about their surroundings and unable to sleep after watching it.
Viewers have expressed their fascination and terror with the series, highlighting the delusional nature of the stalkers.
Netflix’s documentary series, I Am A Stalker, features interviews with convicted stalkers and their victims. The show’s creepy stalkers and their methods have left many viewers paranoid about their surroundings, and some are even unable to sleep after watching the series.
I Am Paranoid
I Am A Stalker features convicted stalkers as they retell their evil crimes in interviews. It features eight episodes in which the perpetrators give candid details on their stalking methods and twisted reasonings for why they did it. The victims are also interviewed and share their horrific experiences.
Since it’s release, many viewers have gone online to express their paranoia after watching the show. Like X user Ash, who said, “Just finished watching I Am A Stalker on Netflix. Really eye-opening, but in a way that I won’t be sleeping tonight.”
“Currently watching the series’ I Am a Stalker‘ on Netflix. Equal parts fascinating and terrifying,” another said.
Ado added, “I’m watching I Am A Stalker on Netflix, and it sooo scary how delusional these stalkers are despite their actions landing them behind bars.”
Another, Hannah Thompson, comments further on the delusional aspect of the stalkers, saying, “The I Am A Stalker Netflix documentary is wild. It will be a confused guy saying “no idea why I was arrested, I just wanted to talk”, and the voiceover will chime in with “John was found in her house, under her bed, with a bag containing handcuffs, a stun gun and duct tape.”
“I Am A Stalker on Netflix is nuts! The way the stalkers twist the story to make it seem normal is mind-blowing” – Star2024
The candid interviews avoid sensationalising the topic and the experience of the victims who have suffered severe emotional anguish from being stalked. The series goes into the minds of the stalkers and tries to uncover why they started stalking their victims. Some stalkers are disgruntled lovers, and others stalk their co-workers, prying into their private lives, attempting to learn more due to inordinate infatuations.
The show has been praised for its nuanced presentation of a complex issue. Many victims are still traumatised by their experiences. Hence, the show does not portray the stalkers in a glamorous manner as many other shows and films subtly do when portraying criminals. I Am A Stalker delves deep into the minds of these individuals and attempts to uncover their motives and bizarre reasoning for why they did what they are accused of but does it in a way that does not excuse their criminal behaviour. Thus, the show is a potent mix of storytelling and psychological drama.
One standout story features the stalker Daniel Thompson, 48, who is serving life in prison for killing his ex-girlfriend’s new boyfriend. In the series, Daniel said he was angry with his ex after she dumped him after three months of dating. After the split, Thompson started harassing and stalking his victim, even showing up at her house and threatening her with a knife. Thompson even went as far as to enter her home while she was sleeping, eventually killing James Vail, her new boyfriend.
What We Learnt From Watching I Am A Stalker
Despite the shock value of the show, I Am A Stalker also offers various insights into the behaviour of stalkers and how individuals can protect themselves. Here are a few things we learned:
Recognise patterns like excessive attention, repeated contact, or following.
Be cautious about sharing personal information publicly, especially on social media.
Firmly communicate your discomfort and boundaries to anyone showing obsessive behaviour.
If you feel uneasy about someone’s behaviour towards you, trust your instincts and take precautions.
If you suspect you’re being stalked, document the incidents and seek support from friends, family, or authorities.
Familiarise yourself with laws regarding stalking and restraining orders in your area.
Develop a safety plan, including changing routines, securing your home, and having emergency contacts.
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