Indian Predator: The Butcher of Delhi Frustrating Netflix true crime series

Over three exposition-heavy episodes, Indian Predator: The Butcher of Delhi turns out to be the kind of middling true-crime outing where the storytelling is far less thrilling than the story at the center of it. 

Indian Predator: The Butcher of Delhi — the latest entry to Netflix’s true crime canon — follows a frustrating template seemingly set by the streaming platform’s Indian true crime outings.  

Like Crime Stories: Indian Detectives, House of Secrets: The Burari Deaths, A Big Little Murder, and Delhi Crime 

Take Indian Predator: The Butcher of Delhi for instance. The three-episode series tracks a case whose beats seem tailor-made for television.

The Butcher of Delhi features accounts from police inspectors, journalists, and a forensic expert to delve into the search for a serial killer operating in West Delhi.

The subject is Chandrakant Jha, a ruthless serial killer who strangled young men, dismembered their bodies, and then scattered the body parts all around Delhi 

Chandrakant  Jha is said to have carried out his first murder in 1998, he only caught the attention of the Delhi Police between 2003 and 2007, a period during which he committed six murders. 

What the first episode effectively shows is that smart investigators can crack tough cases, no matter where in the world they are, with the advantage of life experience, attention to detail, and an ability to make contacts on the streets.  

'Indian Predator: The Butcher of Delhi' started streaming on Netflix on 20 July.