T.V. Series Review: The Night Stalker

The Night Stalker is a Netflix exclusive Short series following the points of view mainly from the two deceives Gil Carrilo and Fran Salem, however they do interview survivors and family members of victims as well. The Night Stalker was Richard Ramirez, who was an American serial killer, serial rapist, kidnapper, pedophile, and burglar. His highly publicized home invasion crime spree terrorized the residents of the Greater Los Angeles area and later the residents of the San Francisco Bay Area from June 1984 until August 1985. Prior to his capture, Ramirez was dubbed the “Night Stalker” by the news media.

Ramírez used a wide variety of weapons, including handguns, knives, a machete, a tire iron, and a hammer. Ramirez, who claimed to be a Satanist, never expressed any remorse for his crimes. The judge who upheld Ramirez’s nineteen death sentences remarked that his deeds exhibited “cruelty, callousness, and viciousness beyond any human understanding”. Ramirez was convicted in 1989 of thirteen counts of murder, five attempted murders, eleven sexual assaults, and fourteen burglaries. He died of complications from B-cell lymphoma while awaiting execution on California’s death row.

First episode

The first episode starts with the police detectives trying to find out the murderer who has been terrorizing the Los Angeles areas in the night. Here two detectives Gil Carrilo and Frank Salem come together to find the killer. While Salerno is an experienced cop who had previously worked with cases involving serial killers, Salerno is an American Mexican who becomes involved in the case after his wife persuades him.

Second Episode

In the second episode, viewers get to see the thrilling chase as the detectives try to find clues to nab the unfamous killer. Here you get to see how the killer even manages to terrorize the local peoples and how people were dealing with this killer.

Third Episode

From the Night Stalker episode number three, the action starts to bubble up. One of the striking facts is that the viewers do not know about the killer Richard Ramirez till this episode, which adds to the suspense. The killer manages to evade the LAPD officers. He suddenly finds that his face is on each and every poster over the corner. From this moment, the viewers are acquainted with the killer Richard Ramirez who was unknown till now.

Fourth Episode

The last episode ends this grappling tale. Ramirez is caught by a man who attacks him and cries for others. The whole mob comes together to identify the killer and the Spanish community of LA starts to beat Ramirez, who has been terrorizing the town for the past six months. The police manage to free him from the beating and catch him to start the legal procedure.

The Night Stalker four episode series takes viewers in great detail from the beginning of Ramirez’s crimes until he was chased down and arrested. It is a very intense and graphic series and absolutely NOT appropriate for children. Unless you are into crime shows, specifically True Crime, I wouldn’t recommend it. If that is your thing though, its a must watch. Personally I love True Crime where we here more from the interview, than a fictionalized version, which The Night Stalker does a good job with the balance and doing a dramatization of what the detectives were explaining

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