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Netflix Users Say Night Stalker Documentary Is 'Too Graphic'

Netflix Users Say Night Stalker Documentary Is 'Too Graphic'

Viewers have claimed Netflix's new true crime documentary Night Stalker: The Hunt For A Serial Killer is just 'too graphic'.

The gripping series dropped yesterday (13 January) and details the horrific crimes carried out by serial killer Richard Ramirez.

Spread over four parts, the doc uses original photography, archival footage and first person interviews from victims and their loved ones to chart the string of murders that Ramirez committed throughout California in the mid-1980s - and the huge effort behind tracking him down to end the killing spree.

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However, some who have watched it have complained the streaming site has taken things a touch too far by including 'slow-mo blood spatter shots', photos from the crime scene, and recreations of Ramirez's brutal murders.


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Disturbed by what they had seen, one viewer said: "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 commented: "Jesus Christ I hope the makers of the Night Stalker documentary got permission from the victims' families to have such lingering shots of graphic crime scenes."

A third said: "Can usually handle a true crime doc but legs are like jelly 20 mins into this Night Stalker. Very graphic."

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While another uneasy viewer added: "This Night Stalker documentary is more graphic than I thought."

Before his arrest in August 1985, Ramirez killed 13 people over the course of 14 months, and also attempted to murder five more while raping, assaulting and burgling countless others.

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He was eventually captured after 13-year-old James Romero alerted his parents to an intruder outside their house.

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The documentary about Richard Ramirez has been branded 'too graphic' by some viewers. Credit: Los Angeles Police Department
The documentary about Richard Ramirez has been branded 'too graphic' by some viewers. Credit: Los Angeles Police Department

A synopsis reads: "In the sweltering summer of 1985, a record-breaking heatwave hit Los Angeles, along with a series of murders and sexual assaults that at first seemed disconnected.

"The victims were men, women, and children. They ranged in age from six to 82. They came from different neighbourhoods, racial backgrounds and socioeconomic levels. Never before in criminal history had a single killer been responsible for such a grisly array of crimes.

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"Racing against the clock to stop this nocturnal monster were a young detective named Gil Carrillo from the Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department and the legendary homicide investigator Frank Salerno.

"As they worked tirelessly to solve the case, the media hounded their tracks, and panic gripped California."

Night Stalker: The Hunt For A Serial Killer is available to stream on Netflix now.

Featured Image Credit: Netflix

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