There are so many terrible things happening in the world today—things that the public deserves to know about. We feel it’s our duty to tell eye-catching, high-production-value stories about those terrible things. That’s why we’re pleased to announce our new prestige docuseries, Horrible Person, which serves a vital purpose—raising awareness of our platform and the fantastic true crime shows we have on it.
Horrible Person dives into the despicable deeds of a range of awful humans: unlicensed medical practitioners who killed hundreds of patients, gruesome serial killers who tortured and ate their victims, and unlicensed medical practitioners who posed as doctors so that they could torture and eat their victims. An artfully filmed, slickly edited, and relentlessly advertised three- to eight-episode miniseries is the best way to inform the public. They deserve to know the truth—that if they sign up for our streaming service, they can learn everything there is to know about these unspeakable crimes.
Many of these stories center on murderers who, for years, victimized people in poor Black communities. Why was this allowed to happen? And how can we prevent it from happening in the future? Those are the kinds of questions lesser documentarians may have sought to answer. Instead, we focused on what matters most: crime scene photos of dismembered limbs and desiccated cadavers slow-panned across your screen, Ken Burns style. Those shocking images are the only thing capable of waking audiences up to the fact that they can see all that gore and more on our platform—in crisp, lifelike 4K—for the low price of $7.99 per month (with ads).
We felt we had a sacred responsibility. While other storytellers might have focused on the victims or the systemic problems that enabled their victimization, we focused almost exclusively on the perpetrators. In some cases, we even got exclusive interviews with the offenders so they could share their side of the story. Why? Because we know it’s far more likely to inspire people watching to actually get up off their couches and do something. Namely, to turn our docuseries’ grisly tableaux and unhinged interviews into memes to share on social media. Encouraging our viewers to act, in whatever small ways they can, is an important first step in creating buzz around our show. Buzz that could one day lead to actual Emmy consideration. When our audience works collectively, there’s no prestigious award they can’t help us win.
We’re bringing an important message to a critically underserved population: upper-middle-class people in coastal cities. They have long been deprived of the kinds of gripping, glued-to-your-screen crime stories that they can’t seem to get enough of. To them, we say: We see you. We hear you. And we are bringing much-needed, seat-of-your-pants, shiver-down-your-spine thrills your way, sandwiched between pharmaceutical ads for treating moderate to severe plaque psoriasis.
Will this docuseries bring closure to the victims’ families? Will it lead to any sort of lasting change? Is this exploitative entertainment masquerading as journalism? We didn’t investigate any of that. But we do have hours and hours of glossy talking heads and courtroom footage you won’t be able to take your eyes off of. If you like it, please help us spread the word. And together, we can all call attention to a hotly anticipated second season.