Kolchak: The Night Stalker

Episode 2

The Night Strangler

Aired Friday 8:00 PM Jan 16, 1973 on ABC

Episode Recap

A series of brutal murders of young women are taking place in Seattle. Kolchak, having found work in the city thanks to Tony Vincenzo (who has moved there as well), finds that the murders are similar to those in Las Vegas. However, this time only a very small amount of blood is missing from each corpse. Research reveals that a similar set of murders took place in Seattle every two decades, and that blood could be used in an alchemical potion. An eyewitness report describes the killer as having the face of a corpse, and the murderer is strong enough to escape the police with ease.

Kolchak again suspects that some supernatural force is at work, and that there is a connection to a Dr. Richard Malcolm, who supposedly died in a fire at his clinic at the turn of the century. The reporter tracks the murderer to his lair in the Seattle Underground on the site of the clinic, and discovers Malcolm. Obsessed with extending his life through alchemy, the doctor requires the blood of recently deceased women to create a potion every 20 years that extends his life.

The potion must be taken at a precise moment. Kolchak manages to distract the doctor and destroy the serum. In moments, Malcolm's years catch up to him and he decays into dust. Kolchak is driven out of town once more, accompanied by a stripper he has befriended and Vincenzo (who has also been fired for supporting Kolchak).

(Copyright 2003 Steve Crow)

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