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Night Stalker review: Netflix’s misguided true crime series treats cops like gods.-

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The climactic moment of Netflix’s true crime docuseries Night Stalker: The Hunt for a Serial Killer, is probably supposed to feel cathartic.

In the final minutes of the four-part series’ third installment, San Francisco detective Frank Falzon recalls how he tracked down a friend of the California serial killer whose string of attacks throughout 1984 and 1985 made him a household name among true crime followers.


] In his recounting, the friend — who’d originally contacted police himself with a tip about the Night Stalker’s identity — balked when Falzon asked him to reveal the Night Stalker’s full name.

So Falzon forcibly dragged the friend-turned-informant into his police car, threatened him, and punched him in the face.

] But the strident erasure of Ramirez from this story of his crimes has also made Night Stalker a deeply confusing entry point for anyone who is unfamiliar with the case.

] Night Stalker goes out of its way to avoid including Ramirez in its narrative Night Stalker is emphatically not about Richard Ramirez.

] The element of Satanism is the lurid, headline-grabbing aspect of the Night Stalker case, but that had much more to do with the way Ramirez’s claims fed the Satanic Panic of the ’80s and ’90s than any real Satanic influence evident in his crimes.

] On the one hand, the production must have felt it would be satisfying to deprive Ramirez of some of that notoriety.

] The absence of Ramirez from his own story wasn’t that confusing to me, because I could see what Night Stalker was trying to do.