Night Stalker: The Hunt for a Serial Killer
Updated: Nov 23, 2022
(available on Netflix)
FTC Rating: 4 out of 5
WARNING: Contains graphic images and descriptions of violent crimes, including sexual assault
This four-part docuseries invites viewers to imagine sitting down in a cop bar, grabbing a drink, while investigating detectives recount their hunt to capture a serial killer. Learn about partners Gil Carrillo and Frank Salerno as they reveal their struggles and triumphs during the investigation.
A concise, successful portrayal of the evil that was Richard Ramirez and the fear which gripped Los Angeles in the mid 1980s during his killing spree.
-Interesting insight into the logic and leads supporting the investigation
-Brave interview with survivor, Anastasia Hronas
-Raw and personal interviews with family members of victims
-Great interplay revealed between the reporters and investigating officers
- A truly touching story of Gil Carrillo’s rise through the ranks
-The presentation is needlessly voyeuristic
-The CG re-enactments interspliced with the original archival footage can be off-putting
-Docuseries only scratches the surface of Richard Ramirez’s background
The randomness of the Night Stalker murders and assaults recall the crimes of serial killer, Dennis Rader (known as BTK).