Kolchak: The Night Stalker: Season 1, Episode 17

Legacy of Terror (14 Feb. 1975)

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Reporter Carl Kolchak investigates Chicago citizens having their hearts cut out by Aztecs.



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Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Ramon Bieri ...
Captain Webster
Tillie Jones
Mr. Eddy
Victor Campos ...
Jack Grinnage ...
Pepe Torres
Carlos Romero ...
George Andrews
Capt. Madge Timmins
Officer Earl Lyons
Ernest Macias ...
Andrew Gomez (as Ernesto Macias)
Robert Casper ...
Prof. Jones
Mina Vasquez ...
Rita Torres


A series of brutal murders all share a particularly grisly characteristic: each victims has his or her heart cut out, much like a human sacrifice. Kolchak discovers that the murders are all connected to a modern-day Aztec cult that has been preparing for an apocalypse for centuries. Kolchak tries to stop the final sacrifice from being made, but he soon discovers that the mummified corpse of the cult's leader may not be as inanimate as it appears. Written by acidxian

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The Aztec headdress worn by Erik Estrada was originally used in the 1947 movie Captain From Castile, worn by the Aztec ambassador Cacamatzin. See more »


Carl Kolchak: Businessman? What businessman keeps a mummy in the basement and a dummy in a key staff position?
Tony Vincenzo: Carl, you yourself said that the mummy vanished, right?
Carl Kolchak: Yeah.
Tony Vincenzo: You had a terrible hit on the head, and you saw things. And as for having dummies in key staff positions, I'm as guilty as the next.
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The Aztec Cult
10 November 2014 | by (North America) – See all my reviews

Carl Kolchak(Darren McGavin) investigates the brutal unsolved murders of healthy people whose hearts were removed. It seems that an Aztec cult is offering them as sacrifices for their mummified warrior chief, needed every 52 years in a ten-cycle pattern, this being the ninth, and the fifth and final offering must be a willing one, and one man named Pepe Torres(played by Erik Estrada) seems to be that man, though if Carl has any say in the matter, may make him change his mind... Though not tightly plotted, this is still an interesting episode that makes amusing uses of its millennium theme and 52 year cycles - we'll have to watch out for the year 2027 it seems...

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