Netflix’s Night time Stalker: The Hunt For a Serial Killer takes us again to the mid-’80s with the chilling case of the Night time Stalker, aka Richard Ramirez. Because the present retraces the notorious investigation, it encompasses a politician whose identify you’ll have heard of: Dianne Feinstein. The California senator has had her fair proportion of controversial moments currently, from her dismissive remarks toward youth environmentalists to her hug with Lindsey Graham at Amy Coney Barrett’s affirmation listening to. So, how did Feinstein play a job within the Night time Stalker case? Again then, she was the mayor of San Francisco. Whereas the Night time Stalker was identified for terrorizing Los Angeles, one case linked him to San Francisco through the top of his homicide spree. Episode three of the true-crime miniseries revisits one among Feinstein’s largest blunders: the time she launched confidential investigation particulars in a press convention.
The Night time Stalker case turned a statewide challenge when investigators linked the San Francisco homicide of Peter Pan and the assault of his spouse, Barbara, to killings and rapes in Los Angeles. Privately, detectives in Los Angeles shared info with the police in San Francisco. Important particulars of the investigation reached then-Mayor Feinstein. She held a press conference on Aug. 23, 1985, saying a $10,000 reward for any info that would result in the arrest and conviction of the assassin. Detectives Frank Salerno and Gil Carrillo had labored to not reveal details about the Night time Stalker whereas reporters hounded them. Nevertheless, Feinstein disclosed the clues that their workforce pieced collectively: particulars on his uncommon Avia shoe print, profile, gun caliber, and extra that linked the San Francisco assault to the Southern California ones.
Strategically, this was problematic as a result of the Night time Stalker was doubtless tuning into the information. (He reportedly referred to himself because the Night time Stalker, the media’s nickname for him, while talking to survivors.) In Night time Stalker, we see how Sherman Block, the LA County sheriff, held one other press convention voicing issues about how Feinstein’s indiscretion jeopardized the investigation. Ramirez was caught one week afterward Aug. 31. SF Weekly reported that in accordance with Philip Carlo’s biography of Ramirez, The Night Stalker: The True Story of America’s Most Feared Serial Killer, the assassin walked to the Golden Gate Bridge and “dropped the dimensions 11 1/2 Avia sneakers into the water.”