Kolchak: The Night Stalker: Season 1, Episode 1

The Ripper (13 Sep. 1974)

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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 ... See full summary »

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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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When Kolchak escapes the Ripper's home, there is a brief glimpse of the killer's face: brown hair with a drooping mustache and a beardless face. This corresponds exactly to the known descriptions of Jack the Ripper, according to witness statements from 1888. See more »

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Kolchak, while being a reporter, even though employed by a 3rd rate news service, constantly uses a small format 110 camera to capture out of focus images of vampires, werewolves and the like. You'd think his boss could spring for a 35mm or at the very least a Polaroid. See more »

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Carl Kolchak: For once be a cop instead of an ostrich!
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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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