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 ...
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Marilyn Clarke ...
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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 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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Producers like Richard Kiel's performance as Diablero so much they asked him to portray the Paramafait (Cajun bogeyman) in "The Spanish Moss Murders" the very next week. See more »


Kolchak alleges that the crown jewels of France were stolen by the Diablero. In fact, the French crown jewels were stolen by rioters in 1792, but almost all were later recovered, and are now on display at the Louvre. Only the Sancy Diamond and the French Blue Diamond were lost, although it is now believed that the latter was re-cut, and is now known as the Hope Diamond. See more »


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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The Diablero
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Carl Kolchak(Darren McGavin) investigates the recent deaths of wealthy society matrons whose priceless jewels were stolen. The thief turns out to be another supernatural threat, this time a towering Native American called the Diablero(played by Richard Kiel) who is a cursed entity forced to roam the Earth in search of jewels it must collect. The Diablero can shape-shift into animal forms, in this case a coyote and a crow, making its escapes easier. It also uses its eyes to transfix its victims, which Carl uses to his advantage... Unusual episode with a far out premise works because of the threatening presence of Richard Kiel, perfectly cast to be menacing.

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