There’s no mystery as to why TV is ramping up the production of true-crime documentaries. After the success of Netflix’s “Making a Murderer,” and HBO’s “The Jinx: The Life and Deaths of Robert Durst,” cable, streaming and broadcast networks have dug into years-old cases, involving everyone from mysterious skyjacker D.B. Cooper to youthful murder victim JonBenet Ramsey.
Portland-based documentary filmmaker Irene Taylor Brodsky’s new film, “Beware the Slenderman,” which debuts Monday, Jan. 23 on HBO, could sound like another attempt to jump on the crime-story bandwagon.
But Brodsky’s film is more timely and, because of that, more disturbing. In “Beware the Slenderman,” we see the awful collision between mental illness, adolescence and a social media meme that helped inspire a horrifying attack.
The facts of the case that Brodsky explores are sensational, to say the least. In a 2014 crime that made headlines around the world, two 12-year-old girls from Waukesha,