Carl may be up against the original Jack the Ripper, a black-caped, bullet-resistant, super-human killer of women.



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Episode complete credited cast:
Beatrice Colen ...
Jane Plumm
Elderly Woman
Capt. Warren
Masseuse (as Marya Small)
Don Mantooth ...
Policeman (as Donald Mantooth)
Rob Berger ...
Mail Boy (as Robert Bryan Berger)
Roberta Collins ...
Det. Cortazzo
Clint Young ...
Mickey Gilbert ...


When a rash of serial murders suddenly begins in the Chicago area, Kolchak establishes a similarity between the new killings and the murders committed by Jack The Ripper. The killer soon reveals himself to possess superhuman characteristics, and Kolchak suspects that they may be dealing with the original Ripper after all. Written by acidxian

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13 September 1974 (USA)  »

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About 19 minutes in, when Kolchak is arguing with his editor Tony Vincenzo (Simon Oakland), there is a picture of Maj. Gregory "Pappy" Boyington behind Vincenzo. Simon went on to play Brig. Gen. Thomas Moore in the TV series Black Sheep Squadron a few years later. See more »


When Kolchak buys the electrical supplies including a box of stuff and several feet of conduit from the store, he places them into the trunk of his car. When he goes to the Ripper's house, he takes the box out of the trunk and closes the trunk, but he doesn't have the conduit. In the next scene, as he walks from his car, he has the box in hand and the conduit on his shoulder. See more »


[first lines]
Carl Kolchak: [Voiceover intro] If by chance you happened to be in the Windy City between May 25 and May 29 of this year, you would have had good reason to be terrified. During this time Chicago was stalked by a horror so frightening, so fascinating, that it ranks with the great unsolved mysteries of all time. It's been the fictional subject of films, plays, even an opera. Now, here, are the true facts.
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Jack Is Back
10 November 2014 | by (North America) – See all my reviews

Darren McGavin returns as intrepid reporter Carl Kolchak, now in Chicago working for INS with his old boss Vincenzo(Simon Oakland), and still involved in supernatural cases. This first episode deals with a brutal rash of murders which have all the trademarks of thought-dead London murderer Jack the Ripper, who is alive and well, and now has superhuman strength(manhandling the police force) and difficult to kill

  • though Carl will find a way to deal with him in electrifying fashion,

though still no proof. Action-filled series debut has all the usual elements in place, though suffers a bit by the vague, undefined nature of the Ripper himself.

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