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Night Stalker: The Hunt For A Serial Killer First Look Released By Netflix

Night Stalker: The Hunt For A Serial Killer First Look Released By Netflix

Netflix has released a trailer for its new true crime Night Stalker: The Hunt For A Serial Killer.

The four-part docu-series is set to look at the terrors inflicted on innocent victims by Richard Ramirez throughout California in the mid-1980s.

Available to stream on January 13th, there's now a trailer for the chilling true crime show - teasing the dark and disturbing interviews that are to come.

"LA was glamorous, but if you went round to the other side, LA can be a very dark place," one person says in the trailer, as a sinister scene is set for Ramirez' crimes.

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Meanwhile, one of the Night Stalker's victims recalls: "He has this horrible big grin and he's missing all these teeth.

"He just stared at me, like a killer clown".

Before his arrest in August 1985, Ramirez had terrorised residents of Los Angeles and San Francisco for 14 months, killing 13 people, attempting to kill five more and raping, assaulting and burgling countless others.

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On the fact Ramirez' victims included children, men and women aged between six and 82, and the murder weapons varied dramatically each time, a police officer reflects: "We had never seen anybody like this in criminal history. The pressure was on to stop the mad man who was doing all this".

Police recall their experiences in the doc (Credit: Netflix)
Police recall their experiences in the doc (Credit: Netflix)

Born and raised in El Paso, Texas, a 12-year-old Ramirez had begun hanging out with his older cousin as a young boy to escape his abusive father who had given him two serious head injuries.

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However, his cousin Miguel, a U.S. Army Green Beret had a sick fascination with torturing women and would tell his cousin stories of his exploits in Vietnam, involving raping women and even showing him photos of him posed with their severed heads.

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Later, Ramirez witnessed his cousin shooting his wife in the face during a domestic argument and later moved in with her sister and her husband, a peeping Tom who would take his brother-in-law on his nighttime exploits.

There was a national effort to track down the Night Stalker (Credit: Los Angeles Police Department)
There was a national effort to track down the Night Stalker (Credit: Los Angeles Police Department)
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Soon after, Ramirez began taking LSD, adopted Satanism and developed sexual fantasies, much like his male mentors.

In April 1984, he then went on to make a string of horrific attacks, with his MO to be breaking into homes, shooting people, often raping the women and stealing valuables.

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Ramirez was eventually captured after 13-year-old James Romero alerted his parents to an intruder outside their house and Ramirez fled the scene. Before he ran off, the young boy raced outside and managed to note the colour, make, and style of the car, as well as a partial license plate number which he gave to police.

Soon after, Ramirez broke into the home of Bill Carns, 30, and his fiancée, Inez Erickson, 29, where he shot Carns three times in the head and raped Erickson (they both unbelievably survived the injuries). She was later able to give a detailed description of the assailant to police.

Night Stalker: The Hunt For A Serial Killer is executive produced and directed by Tiller Russell, while Tim Walsh, Eli Holzman, and Aaron Saidman act as executive producers with Greg Tillman, David Holthouse, Paul-Michel T. Pierre-Benoist.

Using original photography, harrowing first person interviews from victims and their loved ones and archival footage, the series hopes to give a true feel of the huge effort it took to track Ramirez down and end his killing spree.

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This sounds like it's going to be a gripping watch.

Featured Image Credit: Netflix

Topics: True Crime, TV Entertainment, Netflix

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