Night Stalker: The Hunt For A Serial Killer

  • 06 Feb - 12 Feb, 2021
  • Mag The Weekly

In the summer of 1985, Los Angeles was still basking in the glow of hosting the previous year’s Olympics, and seemed to be reveling in the glamour of being the center of pop culture, of sports culture and more. But during a summer that saw record heat, the city and surrounding area was being terrorised by a serial killer the likes of which law enforcement had never encountered before. A new Netflix docuseries traces the night stalker as he randomly murdered and abducted people in and around the city, and focuses on the detectives that found the killer. In the four-part docuseries Night Stalker: The Hunt For A Serial Killer, director Tiller Russell examines the case from the perspective of the two LA County Sheriff’s Department detectives who hunted down and caught Richard Ramirez after an intense five months of investigating not only grisly murder scenes, but also bringing in cases of child abductions and assaults. The detectives that finally tracked Ramirez down were Carrillo, a young, gregarious cop who became a detective at a relatively young age, and Frank Salerno, a veteran detective who usually works the biggest murder cases. At this point, it feels like the streaming outlets have mined infamous 1970s and ’80s serial killer cases for all they’re worth.