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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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Ron Updyke
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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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29 November 1974 (USA)  »

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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 »

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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 »

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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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Bad medicine is what I need
11 August 2014 | by See all my reviews

This is a very good episode of this influential, but short, series that has our "hero" tracking down a killer, played in fine form by Richard Kiel. This original motive has the "Diablero" stealing rich women's jewels and murdering them, while disguising himself as a crow or coyote, and I have to admit that the animal scenes weren't corny, but effective, especially the coyote's creepy growl. There is one scene, however, that should've been edited, because the "dead" police dog accidentally moved an ear after Kolchak takes a picture of it, and while it was a cute moment to the observant viewer, it obviously wasn't intended to be that way, and it takes away from the horror at that moment. Some familiar faces include Alice Ghostley, Victor Jory, Marvin Kaplan, and Ramon Bieri, who has a knack of playing police detectives during his acting career, and each added to the story, as well as the regulars on the show. As another reviewer mentioned, the chanting that the killer utters on the dark floor of the desolate building is quite creepy, although I felt the conclusion was a bit rushed, and too convenient for Kolchak to figure things out. All of that said, this was still a fine episode with good writing and performances, but not the best in the stable.


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