Californians Re-Experience The Fears They Once Had In The 80’s

With New Netflix TV Series “Night Stalker: The Hunt For A Serial Killer”

Gavin Holter

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With the ongoing pandemic across the world, anything new that releases on Netflix is usually a hit, especially TV series’. “Night Stalker: The Hunt For A Serial Killer” is one of Netflix’s newest limited TV series that was released about 2 weeks ago, and it caught a lot of people’s attention as it’s based on the infamous serial killer Richard Ramirez. He terrorized Californians in the mid-1980s with his wide range of victims and what he did with them. The real question is,  is “Night Stalker” really worth all of this hype around it?

It would be much easier if the answer was a simple “yes” or “no”, but the answer is actually both yes and no. Although this limited series only sits at around four 45 minute episodes, it felt like you were sitting through a normal 10 episode season of a show. It’s not necessarily boring, but a lot of what was covered in these 4 episodes felt like it was dragged on for way too long. Aside from how much of this show dragged on and how long it felt, pretty much everything else covered in the series “Night Stalker: The Hunt For A Serial Killer” was impressive, and also quite twisted. They truly covered how easy he made it look to get his victims. 

Directed by James Carroll and Tiller Russell, “Night Stalker: The Hunt For A Serial Killer” was a very eerie and horrifying Netflix series. What made this series horrifying wasn’t jump scares or anything along those lines, but rather the fact that the man it is based on and his twisted mind. The name Richard Ramirez still gives some people the chills that live in the Los Angeles area and have lived there since the 1980s. Ramirez, also known as the “Night Stalker”, haunted Los Angeles and the counties within it during the middle of the night. He was known for doing everything when he had his victims; he would sexually assault them, abuse them, and most of them he would eventually kill. He also targeted all ages and ethnicities; he’s had some sexual assault victims as young as 6 years old, while also doing the same to other victims aged 85. He eventually gathered almost 15 known victims to date, and maybe even more. Ramirez was truly pure evil in the Los Angeles area. 

Richard Ramirez is also well known for what he represented and his motives, specifically Satan and the devil, which this Netflix series appropriately recognizes. “Night Stalker: The Hunt For A Serial Killer” truly covers every little detail about Ramirez that only law enforcement had known about, with most of those details being gruesome and grisly. The directors of the show even managed to get the original crime scene photos from the 1980s to show truly how gruesome Ramirez was.