Lover, Stalker, Killer (2024) Netflix Documentary Review

The Murder of Cari Farver

Netflix is at it again with Love, Stalker, Killer, a superb true crime documentary film from Sam Hobkinson, who is most famous for directing Fear City: New York vs The Mafia in 2020, also on Netflix. This new documentary couldn’t be further from the Mafia as it deals with a brutal murder that stemmed from online dating.

Lonely single father Dave Kroupa thought he was just having a bit of fun while settling into his new home in Omaha, Nebraska after splitting from his wife. He hooked up with two different women called Liz Golyar and Cari Farver. Little did he know that one of these women would end up dead at the hands of the other. 

For the majority of the documentary, we are led to believe Cari is the perpetrator, and the tension is unbearable as the film peels back the layers of what really happened around that time in 2012. There is a uniquely brilliant visual style to this film as it re-enacts the events of the story using the real-life people involved with it. This isn’t Netflix’s first rodeo and this is evident from the production values on show here. It’s a clever and well-told story that looks and feels creepy and mysterious. There is an abundance of contributions from the people involved in trying to crack the case, and they are all likeable and interesting to follow, with the tech whizz, Tony Kava, who helps to piece things together being a highlight. 

Love, Stalker, Killer could’ve quite easily been split into three episodes for a mini-series, but it works so much better as a one-off film, as the story is told at a really fast pace. It truly is the online dating nightmare that’ll make viewers question who they are really speaking to when hooking up with strangers for dates. It might even put people off this kind of activity for a few days as they process this strange unravelling mystery. 

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  • Verdict - 9/10

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