Night Stalker: The Hunt for a Serial Killer has four episodes focusing on Carrillo and Salerno’s time tracking down the perpetrator of such heinous crimes, who created deep fear not only due to the type of crimes he committed, by also because he appeared to go after anyone — no matter the gender, age, race, or any other obvious classifications. Through the detective’s hard work, they were able to connect all the various crimes to one person — Ramirez.
How the serial killer — birthname Ricardo Leyva Muñoz Ramírez — was finally caught involved a combination of police work and helpful citizens. One 13-year-old’s encounter with the killer led to a key description, and a fingerprint, that positively identified Ramirez (via Los Angeles Magazine). With his identity finally known, he was chased in the street by citizens, trapped, and held until the police took him away.
Not unlike Netflix’s previous true crime docuseries Don’t F**k with Cats, many viewers have noted the gory nature of the series, as it shows real crime scene photos, so that’s definitely something to be aware of. The series also includes many interviews with Carrilo, Salerno, and a few survivors, who bravely recount their experiences for the series. While some found issue with the intense imagery, others praised the series for not glorifying the crimes of Ramirez, through the choice to instead focus on the detectives. One critic, Alison Foreman at Mashable, notes the series’ gruesome details, but said that “the time and sensitivity given to those directly impacted by Ramirez offers a solid condemnation that never lets his seem cool.”
If you are looking for your next true crime binge and are brave enough to watch Night Stalker: The Hunt for a Serial Killer, it definitely is worth checking out.