The Night Stalker
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It’s May 30, 1985, in Burbank, California. Spring is turning to summer, and the wide streets in the San Fernando Valley are lined with their signature palm trees. A 42 year old woman named Carol Kyle is at home with her 11 year old son. She doesn’t know yet that there is a man in her neighbourhood, driving a stolen car. 

At some stage during the night, in the shadow of darkness, this man enters her home. At gunpoint, he binds Carol’s son with handcuffs and ransacks their house, demanding she tell him where her most valuable items are hidden. 

Once he has collected a number of valuable goods, he rapes Carol, ordering her not to look at him while shouting threats at her. She complies. 

When he is finished with Carol, he retrieves the little boy and binds him to her mother with handcuffs. 

Then, he flees the scene. 

Both Carol and her son survive this attack. 

They are lucky. 

So far that year, the Night Stalker as he will come to be known, has killed six innocent civilians. The year before, he killed two others. The youngest being a nine year old girl. 

He is in the midst of one of the most destructive murder crime sprees in American history. But he isn’t like your text book serial killer. He is a serial rapist, kidnapper, pedophile and burglar, murdering some victims while letting others go. 

For those who survive, they will never forget his face. It is the face of a monster. 

 

CREDITS

Guest: Detective Gil Carillo

Host: Jessie Stephens

Audio Producer: Ian Camilleri

Producer: Gia Moylan

 

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