Night Stalker: The Hunt for a Serial Killer: Limited Series (2021)


Limited Series
Night Stalker: The Hunt for a Serial Killer

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Though Night Stalker: The Hunt for a Serial Killer succumbs to the sensational side of true crime, it paints a fascinating, chilling portrait of a killer and the city he terrorized.

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Air date: Jan 13, 2021

A series of murders, rapes and kidnappings baffles police until Detectives Gil Carrillo and Frank Salerno start connecting the crimes.

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Air date: Jan 13, 2021

A rapidly rising body count takes a toll on Detectives Carrillo and Salerno, but an impounded vehicle may lead to a break.

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Air date: Jan 13, 2021

A missed opportunity to catch the Night Stalker frustrates detectives, as does a mayor who divulges evidence to the press.

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Detectives identify their suspect and embark on a manhunt, but it's the public that rises up to stop the Night Stalker's deadly reign of terror.

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Cast & Crew

Tiller Russell
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Tim Walsh
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Eli Holzman
Executive Producer
Aaron Saidman
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Critic Reviews for Night Stalker: The Hunt for a Serial Killer: Limited Series

Audience Reviews for Night Stalker: The Hunt for a Serial Killer: Limited Series

  • Oct 10, 2021
    Really interesting documentary type series. They do a really good job of keeping it interesting while giving all of the facts. I did not live at the time of these murders so it was especially interesting learning about everything.
  • Jun 22, 2021
    Talvez a série documental mais completa e bem produzida. Os relatos são arrebatadores e chocante. Você certamente vai precisar trancar as portas e janelas depois de assistir.
  • May 27, 2021
    I loved this docu-series! It was amazing to see things from the point of view of the detectives and their personal feelings, experiences, personal issues, and hiccups in their case along the way. I really loved the part where the San Francisco detective described hitting the friend of Richard, being asked "is that all you got?" Then describing, in detail, how he thought about all the cases, victims, crime scenes, and families, then said "Buddy, I'm gunna split you from your head to your ass!". Then he draws back to the windshield and sends a punch over his seat toward the back. The description had me clenching my fists and biting my lip. I loved this documentary! Some say it was too graphic, but I beg to differ. Forensic Files ran for almost 30 seasons and showed crime scene photos. You need to show the brutality of the killer to understand how bad the victims felt to see their family in that state, and how happy they must have felt to know he was behind bars. I personally felt the relief of the people in California back in 1986 when it showed how he got caught, then you see the people crowding around, clapping and cheering. I was a thrill ride from start to finish!
  • May 10, 2021
    This documentary series is so well done!! Whether you are a true crime fan or not, this series is brilliantly executed and like many others I know that have watched this, I was genuinely scared watching this at night before bed...I went around the house checking all the windows, doors and locks 😳
  • May 10, 2021
    This documentary is as thorough as one could be regarding the interviews and case by case timeline of what leads up to the capture of a truly evil, horrendous and worthless member of our species.
  • Apr 10, 2021
    Overall an interesting play-by-play of the detective work to capture the killer. The main problem is that the grotesque imagery is a bit much.
  • Mar 21, 2021
    The Devil in the City of Angels: A True Encounter with a Psychopath Review of Netflix's Night Stalker: The Hunt for a Serial Killer. This is not your average murder mystery. Netflix original series Night Stalker: The Hunt for a Serial Killer is a terrifying docu-series based on the victims and investigators of the crimes committed by the serial killer Richard Ramirez. Released on January 13, 2021 this docu-series takes you on a horrific whirlwind adventure by taking a look at real life footage of the crime scenes, interviews with the top investigators on the case, testimonies from surviving victims and witnesses, and an inclusive interview from the villain himself, Richard Ramirez. Night Stalker dives into how investigators used clues to determine who the suspect was and what his motives were. Full of suspense and adrenaline, we jump into the frightening four-episode adventure of rising murder cases, waiting for the suspect to strike again, the overwhelming fear that the city endured, connecting the dots and the manhunt. The year is 1985 in the City of Los Angeles, California. This was Los Angeles' prime time. With the crime rate being at a record low, Los Angeles was one of the most desired places to live in. This was the city where you would go to find your favorite celebrities; that is, until a series of murders, rapes and kidnappings started to take place that really shook up it's residents and had investigators on a crazy rollercoaster ride trying to catch the suspect before he could strike again. Ramirez would leave behind only a signature pentagram he would draw at the scene, along with odd, repeated behavioral evidence, such as crumbs and wrappers of food which led investigators to believe the suspect would have a snack while committing his crimes. People began to feel as though there was a "Devil in the City of Angels". What differentiates this murder mystery from all others is that the victims appeared to be completely random. This is not your common "wife killing husband" or "man shooting neighbor" type of crime. This murder mystery lies more along the lines of a Charles Manson- or Ted Bundy-kind of serial killer thriller. If you've ever wondered what it was like to have an encounter with a psychopath, here you will go through the testimonies of victims and investigators as we learn that Night Stalker is not about a man who acted out of rage or seeking revenge but more about a man who got a rise from committing these atrocious acts. A man full of pure evil with satanic intentions. Ramirez would go as far as forcing his victims to yell "Oh my satan!". We also get a glimpse at how survivors and the families of the murder victims coped during the time and after it was all over. Night Stalker also emphasizes the story behind the top investigators Gil Carillo and Frank Salerno, both LA county sheriffs, and the struggles they experienced trying to crack this case. Giving us personal insight, Carillo, along with his wife Pearl Carillo, share how this investigation took such a nerve-racking emotional and stressful toll on their marriage. Pearl expresses how she was so fearful that she could be the next victim that she had to live away from her home until the case was over. Both Carillo and Salerno speak about the sleepless nights and frustrating moments they went through during these times. Night Stalker also interviews different reporters and journalists that were following this case and who were also working with the authorities to share certain information with the public to keep awareness out there about the situation at hand. We also hear from locals and watch how at one point the residents of the city take matters into their own hands. Night Stalker shows footage of how the locals celebrate in victory as Richard Ramirez is taken away in custody. The people cheer in excitement and even get emotional and hug each other because the nightmare is finally over. Night Stalker: The Hunt for a Serial Killer is one of the best-articulated murder mystery docu-series ever released by Netflix because it doesn't emphasize so much on the life of Richard Ramirez but instead it shines the spotlight more on the life of those involved in the crime such as investigators, journalist, victims and family members of the victims. With four episodes, each episode being a little over forty-five minutes long, Night Stalker manages to present its viewers with real life footage from the crime scenes and news segments. Night Stalker is a binge-worthy docu-series that also includes scenes that cause the hairs on your arms to stand, makes you want to hide under your covers and lock all your windows and doors. Night Stalker: The Hunt for a Serial Killer takes you on an emotional journey from when it all essentially began, through the series of plot twists in between, and ultimately how it all concluded.
  • Mar 10, 2021
    I only seen this docu. once, a friend of mine seen this docu. and posted about it on social media. I went with 2 stars for this docu. I don't watch anything or follow anything on the Night Stalker, so I put it on and ended up watching it. The docu, has lots of mixed reviews despite Rotten Tomatoes rating this on the higher side. It is graphic as they show a lot of the crime sites and the people that he attacked and/or killed. This docu. mainly focuses on the dectives and the main one and his family/life etc... in the 80's in CA. during the attacks/murders. It did not get too much into detail but it said a breif idea about what went on during this time. Kinda slow, with lots of small talk could have spoken more on other stuff then the main detective's life at the time etc... Not bad docu. but maybe could have been a bit better/different it passed the time it was decent.
  • Mar 07, 2021
    Well made documentary. Worth a watch before it goes as it's a limited series.
  • Feb 25, 2021
    Because it was a worth it case topic, worth it to watch the show, and it was better than the Crime Scene: The Vanishing At The Cecil Hotel.

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