'Crazy, Not Insane': Release date, plot, trailer and all you need to know about HBO's serial killers' psyche documentary

'Crazy, Not Insane': Release date, plot, trailer and all you need to know about HBO's serial killers' psyche documentary
Dr Dorothy Otnow Lewis (HBO)

If there is one thing true-crime fans are interested in, it is knowing what motivated crimes, especially the psyche behind serial killers. Often, they do not get the answers they are looking for, even if the show or documentary tries its best to unravel what lies beneath. 

HBO's latest documentary, however, will try to offer up more when it comes to what true-crime fans are looking for. 'Crazy, Not Insane' heads to HBO in November and features the work of Dr Dorothy Otnow Lewis, a psychiatrist who specializes in the study of violent individuals and people with a dissociative identity disorder. Lewis has often been called as an expert witness during trials and has spoken to many on trial, including Ted Bundy, Joel Rifkin and more.


Read on to know more details about 'Crazy, Not Insane'.

Release date

'Crazy, Not Insane' premieres on HBO on Wednesday, November 18, at 9/8c.


'Crazy, Not Insane' follows Dr Dorothy Otnow Lewis, a psychiatrist who has dedicated her career to studying murderers and seeking answers as to why people kill. The film explores her lifelong attempts to look beyond the grisly details of homicides and into the hearts and minds of the killers themselves.


The documentary film highlights Dr Lewis’ research, videotaped death row interviews and the formative experiences and neurological dysfunction of infamous murderers such as Arthur Shawcross and Ted Bundy, to challenge the notion that murderers are made and not born.

Narrated by actress Laura Dern, 'Crazy, Not Insane' also explores the death penalty itself, questioning whether or not it is actually a deterrent to violence and asking an important question: Once dangerous killers are locked away and the public is protected, why is society so determined to execute these human beings?



Alex Gibney

Alex Gibney (Getty Images)

Alex Gibney is a documentary filmmaker and producer. He is known for his work on 'The Inventor: Out for Blood in Silicon Valley', 'Going Clear: Scientology and the Prison of Belief', and 'We Steal Secrets: The Story of Wikileaks'. He directs and produces 'Crazy, Not Insane'.



'Crazy, Not Insane' is a Jigsaw production. The film is produced by Alex Gibney, Ophelia Harutyunyan, Erin Edeiken and Joey Marra. It is executive produced by Stacey Offman, Richard Perello, Maiken Baird, Nancy Abraham and Lisa Heller.




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'Conversations with a Killer: The Ted Bundy Tapes'

'Making a Murderer'

'The Jeffrey Dahmer Files'

'This is the Zodiac Speaking'

'Aileen: Life and Death of a Serial Killer'

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