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Night Stalker: The Hunt for a Serial Killer

Updated: Nov 23

(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.


Strengths:

-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


Weaknesses:

-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


Final Thought:

The randomness of the Night Stalker murders and assaults recall the crimes of serial killer, Dennis Rader (known as BTK).


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