Heading to Netflix in January is Night Stalker: The Hunt for a Serial Killer, another potential obsession for those that dig their true crime docuseries.
The limited docuseries takes a look at the hunt for notorious serial killer Richard Ramirez, who was dubbed “Night Stalker” by the media at the time. From 1984 until 1985, Ramirez brutally tortured and killed at least 14 people, sending Los Angeles and San Francisco into a panic. The investigators – the series features first-person interviews with young detective-at-the-time Gil Carrillo and homocide investigator Franck Salerno – initially found themselves at a loss, seeing as the Night Stalker was seemingly killing at random, the victims ranging widely in age, race and socioeconomic backgrounds.
Ramirez was responsible for some truly horrific acts. If you’re so inclined, you can read up on what he did on Wikipedia, although I did and kind of regret doing so – it’s one depressing and troubling read.
The docuseries is directed by Tiller Russell, who earlier this year delivered another true crime docuseries, Amazon’s The Last Narc, looking at the murder and kidnapping of DEA Agent “Kiki” Camarena (which was depicted in Netflix’s Narcos: Mexico).
Take a look at the tense trailer below. Night Stalker: The Hunt for a Serial Killer will be streaming on Netflix from January 13th.
Official synopsis for Night Stalker: The Hunt For a Serial Killer:
The Netflix limited docu-series Night Stalker: The Hunt for a Serial Killer tells the spellbinding true story of how one of the most notorious serial killers in American history was hunted down and brought to justice. In the sweltering summer of 1985, a record-breaking heatwave hit Los Angeles, along with a series of murders and sexual assaults that at first seemed disconnected. The victims were men, women, and children. They ranged in age from six to 82. They came from different neighborhoods, racial backgrounds and socioeconomic levels. Never before in criminal history had a single killer been responsible for such a grisly array of crimes. Racing against the clock to stop this nocturnal monster were a young detective named Gil Carrillo from the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department and the legendary homicide investigator Frank Salerno. As they worked tirelessly to solve the case, the media hounded their tracks, and panic gripped California.
Told through harrowing first-person interviews, gripping archival footage and spectacular original photography, this four-part series represents the definitive telling of this iconic L.A. real-life horror story, painting a portrait of how it felt to live in fear at a time when absolutely anyone could be the Night Stalker’s next victim. Night Stalker: The Hunt for a Serial Killer is directed by Tiller Russell and executive produced by Russell, Tim Walsh, Eli Holzman, and Aaron Saidman.