Wednesday, January 31, 2024

Night Stalker: The Hunt For a Serial Killer (2021)

Netflix docu-series on the Night Stalker case and the long trek to catch Richard Ramirez.

I've been watching a lot of Netflix and Amazon true crime series lately  to break up the constant flow of festival films and new releases. This look at the Night Stalker case kept showing up in the selections the service was flogging so I decided to give it a go.

This is look at the case purely from the point of view of the detectives. We march through the case through their eyes and we see how everyone connected joined the case and helped investigate it. It's a good, if by the numbers series.

For me the series has one flaw and that is we really don't get any sense of Ramirez. Yes he is a phantom for all of the chase, but once he's caught we really don't get any sense of him beyond that. It's not fatal but I would have liked to have come out of the film feeling he wasn't the same cipher he was going in.

Worth a look if you're a true crime junkie

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