Raspy voiced monster (Ken Foree) convicted six years earlier but inexplicably paroled returns to stalk jurors who pronounced him guilty murdering each via strangulation with a coarse rope after calling them up and saying the word "guilty".
A model parolee who has been very careful in not dropping clues he manages first to elude detection then incrimination. Police Sgt. Rick Hunter (Fred Dryer) and his trusty sidekick Sgt. Dee Dee McCall try to trap him using their familiar tricks.
This one was one of the best episodes of the series featuring a very appealing and distinguished guest star cast (Devon Ericson, Monique Gabrielle, Elizabeth Hoffman, Raymond O'Keefe) in even the most minor supporting roles. This one was also one of the episodes which starred John Amos as police Captain Dolan.
Out of all the police Captains Hunter served under in the series John Amos as Dolan was the best. It wasn't just his acting ability or the simple fact that he looked like a police Captain. His approach to the characterization was neither hostile nor overly friendly to his subordinates. He came across as the most realistic cop character on the series - a series which pretty desperately needed at least one realistic cop character.
Los Angeles like much of urban North America, was plagued with crime of every kind up until the early 1990's. It was an ugly kind of crime wave punctuated by horrific violence of the most perverse kind. The notion of a sasquatch cop with huge guns, a distaste for procedure and a habit of abusing criminals was quite appealing for many.
The LAPD was understaffed and overwhelmed even on the most urgent major cases. The most vile form of criminals were having a field day and seemed to be laughing at the system. Ken Foree perfectly characterized that seeming criminal mindset and was ideally cast. Foree is the type of actor who might be seen in Bronson/Eastwood vigilante action movies and was thus an impeccable casting choice who fit the formula perfectly.
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