If you looked into the eyes of a killer, would you know? In American Monster, you find out. For the first time, viewers get closer than ever to some of America's most shocking and surprising crimes. Filled with never-before-seen footage of these devils in disguise, from home movie shots of them playing with their kids to musical performances at high school, from the church cook-out to the wedding video, American Monsterinterweaves twisting-turning stories of astonishing crimes, with 'behind-the-scenes' footage of killers at their seemingly most innocent.
In Ohio, Jack and Linda Myers are shot to death in their sleep, and the only eye witness is their sleepy 4-year-old grandson; now, family members speak about what happened that night and share home movies revealing a monster living in their midst.
The Yates family moves to Spokane, Wash., only to find it besieged by a serial killer who's targeting young women and confounding the police; now, the family's home videos provide a look at one of the most notorious killers in the United States.
In Anniston, Ala., the townspeople grieve after Frank Hilley is struck down by a mysterious sickness, then his daughter falls ill, and the family becomes suspicious; home movies tell a shocking tale of murder and reveal the identity of a monster.
As seen in home videos, the Snyders are thrilled when their 34-year-old son, Mike, finally starts a family with his sweetheart, then Mike vanishes after being diagnosed with a terrible illness, and his horrific fate comes to light only years later.
After a taping of their local-access TV show, Chrissy and Charlie Billis have a terrible accident, smashing their car into a tree; only one of them survives, but tapes from the couple's TV show suggest a sinister tale behind what really happened.
In Colorado, second-time spouses Harold and Toni Henthorn seem to dote on their young daughter and each other, then their idyllic life is shattered by a hiking accident; the couple's home videos conceal a deadly predator who nearly escapes justice.
While Ron and Cynthia Phillips and their four children try to adjust to life in a remote Colorado town, home videos mask dark impulses within the Phillips family, ones that will lead to deceit, infidelity and murder.
Manling Williams returns home to find her young sons murdered and her sword collector husband, Neal, stabbed to death.
After Ohioan Richard Beasley vanishes, police discover that an online monster has been luring local men to their deaths.