Netflix has dropped a new crime series on its streaming platform, named “Night Stalker: The Hunt For a Serial Killer.” Although many viewers are enthusiastic about it, some have complained that the bloody crime scene reconstructions are too disturbing.
This docuseries follows the story of a serial killer Richard Ramirez, who terrorized Los Angeles and San Francisco with his crimes involving murders and rapes. Eventually, the court convicted him of 13 counts of murder and 11 counts of sexual assault in the 80s.
The series includes four episodes, with 40 minutes duration of each episode. Tiller Russel directs it. The crime drama explores the viewpoint of detectives who investigated Ramirez’s case (dubbed as Night Stalker by the press). It also features various accounts of reporters and survivors of his gruesome attacks. Richard would charge at random men, women, and children in Los Angeles and San Francisco neighborhoods and kill them with a variety of weapons.
The despicable murderer’s first victim was a nine-year-old girl, who he raped and killed in 1984. He then went on to commit many assaults, murders, and burglaries during the mid-1980s.
Many avid fans of the crime genre have found the Netflix series a little too graphic for its depiction of blood-spattered scenes. Viewers think that such vivid illustrations of his crimes were unnecessary. They are even worried about how the survivors of his attack have responded to the crime series. It can trigger their trauma, as the docuseries include many bloody crime scene photos and CGI reenactments.
One fan mused: “Watching the new Netflix ‘Night Stalker’ series. No need for them to include the victim crime scene photos, and slo-mo blood splatter shots, it’s not necessary.”
Another typed: “I actually think the night stalker went too far” and “Can usually handle a true-crime doc but legs are like jelly 20 mins into this Night Stalker v graphic.”
Other viewers on Twitter added: “Not sure if I can get through all of Night Stalker on Netflix. This is tough viewing,” “Documentaries are never graphic and I feel like (Night Stalker) don’t really make you understand what this person did. But the Night Stalker documentary made me feel so uneasy. It was graphic and just straight facts about the terror he brought to California.”
One fan tweeted: “It’s called Night Stalker, honestly good luck, it’s so graphic I had to turn it off after two episodes.”
While many have found it creepy and grievous, they still confessed that the series is addictive, and they can’t stop watching it. A viewer said, “Night Stalker is one of those docs I’m going to think about for days. I recommend watching, but it is very graphic, detailed, and violent. Thinking about his surviving victims and the adults walking this earth who endured his horrors as children,” Another fan thinks, “This Night Stalker docu-series is WILDLY graphic but very well put together! I can’t stop watching.”
Although the accounts of his offenses were horrific, Ramirez had many admirers who visited him during his time in prison. In 2013, he died due to cancer while serving 23 years on death row in San Quentin Prison.