Kolchak: The Night Stalker: Season 1, Episode 8

Bad Medicine (29 Nov. 1974)

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A Native American legend materializes in Chicago, and Carl discovers it when he investigates the mysterious deaths of two wealthy society matrons who possessed priceless jewels. When the ... See full summary »


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Episode complete credited cast:
Ramon Bieri ...
Captain Joe Baker
The Diablero
Dr. Agnes Temple
Charles Rolling Thunder
Jack Grinnage ...
Dennis McCarthy ...
Ballistics Man
Keith Walker ...
1st Reporter
Marilyn Clarke ...
Hostess (as Madilyn Clark)


A Native American legend materializes in Chicago, and Carl discovers it when he investigates the mysterious deaths of two wealthy society matrons who possessed priceless jewels. When the murders increase, Kolchak learns that the force at work is know as The Diablero, a being cursed to roam the Earth in search of valuable gems. Written by acidxian

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Carl Kolchak: F. Scott Fitzgerald once wrote, "The rich are different than you and me." They sure are. They got more money. But there wasn't enough money in the world to save some of the members of Chicago's upper crust from a fiendish force so dark, it can only be called diabolic.
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I am shocked that there really IS a legend of the Diablero!
8 December 2013 | by (Bradenton, Florida) – See all my reviews

This episode of "Kolchak: The Night Stalker" is about some weird American Indian character, the 'Diablero'. It (Richard Kiel) appears and disappears along with his friends, a coyote and a crow, in order to steal jewels! This notion sounds so ludicrous that I just assumed the writers for the show were doing drugs or just did this as a joke. I was shocked when I researched a bit and saw that the Soroan Indians DID have such a legend--an evil man who uses the forces of darkness to do exactly what the Diablero does on "Kolchak". Who would have thought?!

So is it any good? Well, yes and no. Yes, despite the story sounding silly is was enjoyable. However, like just about all the shows, it is 100% formulaic and you could see why the series only lasted one season. Kolchak identifies the problem, no one believes him, the police harass him and, ultimately, he destroys the creature while nearly getting killed. Formula...so no surprises with this one.

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