Brendan’s Alternate Tagline: How do you get 19 death sentences and then not get put to death? Oh, California.
Quick synopsis: A documentary on Richard Ramirez, also known as the Night Stalker, who killed 13 people in California.
Fun Fact Non-History People Will Like: A woman married Ramirez after he was convicted. She left him when she found out he was a pedophile BECAUSE APPARENTLY THE 13 MURDERS WERE NOT A DEAL BREAKER.
Fun Fact for History Nerds: During the trial, one of the jurors was found dead in her apartment. Everyone was terrified but it turns out it was just her boyfriend who killed her and then committed suicide. Holy hell.
My Take: True crime is murder porn. Let’s just be honest with ourselves here. Very often, the murderer is the main focus for obvious reasons and the victims get very little screen time (with the exception of the very well-done American Murder).
Night Stalker goes a bit differently. The people with the most screen time are two detectives who helped track down the Night Stalker. Also, the victims’ families are given more time than usual to tell their side of the story to the cameras. Ultimately, this is still true crime, but with what seems like a lot more effort put towards telling the whole story.
You know, until they track down the apparently foul-smelling killer who women immediately fell in love with because let’s not forget that society has always been a mess.
There are some very explicit crime scene photos which are being complained about on the interwebs. I don’t think they are much worse than anything you may see on IDHD, but if you are new to the genre…..don’t eat anything while watching.
Verdict: If true crime is your thing, it’s a must watch.
If You Liked This Try:
- Mommy Dead and Dearest (HBO Max)
- American Murder: The Family Next Door (Netflix)
- Jeffrey Epstein: Filthy Rich (Netflix)
- Killer Inside: The Mind of Aaron Hernandez (Netflix)
- Abducted in Plain Sight (Netflix)