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HBO's Last Call Documentary Explores 90's NYC Serial Killer That Targeted Gay Men

While Netflix has had their moment in the sun to capitalize on gay serial killers in the form of Ryan Murphy's Jeffrey Dahmer series, Max is now getting in on the action with a series of their own.

The streamer has unleashed the trailer for their four-part docuseries Last Call: When a Serial Killer Stalked Queer New York, which will chronicle 90's serial killer Richard Rogers, who murdered and dismembered at least two gay and bisexual men between 1992 and 1993 after meeting them at Manhattan piano bars late at night.

And just like Dahmer, the series will explore how Rogers evaded a corrupt criminal justice system, as well as the blatant homophobia within the NYPD.

Before everyone pulls out their glittered pitchforks in protest over yet another true crime story involving gay men being murdered, the documentary will focus more on the victims rather than the assailant.

The doc will feature a series of interviews with surviving friends and family members, Last Call also pays tribute to the lives taken over a three year period between ’91 and ’93: Peter Anderson, Thomas Mulcahy, Anthony Marrero, and Michael Sakara.

Here's the film's synopsis: “In the early 1990s, with homophobia and hate crimes on the rise as the AIDS crisis worsens, a serial killer preys upon gay men in New York City, infiltrating queer nightlife to find his victims."

The “gripping” documentary also tackles “prejudices and attitudes of the times, when deep-rooted biases in the criminal justice system and the media’s distorted public perception of the victims undermined the investigation and enabled a brutal killer to prey on a marginalised populace.”

It continues: “The complexities of the closet combined with a long-standing mistrust of law enforcement further complicated the case. It also highlights the heroic efforts of activists, including the NYC Anti-Violence Project, to force law enforcement to recognise and protect the queer community.”

Based on Elon Green's book Last Call: A True Story of Love, Lust, and Murder in Queer New York, Last Call is directed by Anthony Caronna (Pride), and executive produced by two-time academy-award nominee Howard Gertler and Oscar winning actress Charlize Theron, among others.

You can watch the documentary on HBO and Max on July 9.

Check out the trailer below...

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