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Night Heat

Season 1 Episode 4

The Stranger

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Aired Thursday Feb 21, 1985 on CTV
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Continuing from the previous episode, Kevin and Frank investigate a serial killer stalking females at night. A woman is scared in a park and runs to the police fearing she was to the next victim. The suspect is questioned but released when they find no reason to hold him. After leaving the police station the woman is found murdered and the only witness is Whitey who may have taken a picture of the attacker.
Kevin discusses theories on the killer with Tom and discovers some odd similarities with past attacks in other areas. Kevin consults with a national database operator regarding similar crimes and is startled by his discovery.moreless

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SUBMIT REVIEW
    Jeannie Elias

    Jeannie Elias

    Merri Young

    Guest Star

    Michael Kirby

    Michael Kirby

    Bill Tyler

    Guest Star

    David Calderisi

    David Calderisi

     

    Guest Star

    Wendy Crewson

    Wendy Crewson

    Dorothy Fredericks

    Recurring Role

    Sean McCann

    Sean McCann

    Lt. Jim Hogan

    Recurring Role

    Lynda Mason Green

    Lynda Mason Green

    Det. Fleece Toland

    Recurring Role

    Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions

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    • TRIVIA (1)

    • QUOTES (3)

      • (opening commentary)
        Tom: Two women killed in one week. No one says how, no one says why. All of a sudden every stranger is a killer. Every woman expects to be number three. Maybe that's the angle: not the killer, not his victims, what happens to the city. A new fear when there was enough to fear already. Still we hold on to our habits, that part of us. Whether its the Son of Sam or The Hillside Strangler or this killer with no name, we walk in the parks, take rides from strangers, go parking with our lovers. Because we can't let the enemy dictate terms, change our lives, because then we've lost already.

      • Tom: That's the trouble with you cops, you don't catch people until you catch 'em; hence the utter inability to understand that some people work on deadlines.

      • (closing commentary)
        Tom: If there is a border between sanity and madness, it is patrolled by a guard named fear. Because somewhere in our brain of brains, somewhere below will and mind, lies a deep and unquenchable instinct for life and fear is its voice, its measure. We fear death because life matters. It's that simple. Don't let them tell you it isn't.

    • NOTES (1)

    • ALLUSIONS (2)

      • The Hillside Strangler
        Refers to the media epithet for Kenneth Bianchi and Angelo Buono, cousins who were convicted of kidnapping, raping, torturing, and killing 10 girls and women between the ages of 12 and 28 from October 1977 through February 1978. The crimes were committed in the hills above Los Angeles, California.

      • Son of Sam
        Refers to David Richard Berkowitz, a American serial killer and arsonist whose crimes terrorized New York City for a year from 1976 to 1977.

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