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The Scorecard Killer 

When police see a car weaving between lanes on a Californian highway late one night, they pull the car over. In the driver's seat is Randy Kraft. In the passenger seat is a dead body. In ... See full summary »

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Bill Thomas
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Matthew Neal Matthew Neal ... Randy Steven Kraft
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Mark Billingham Mark Billingham ... Himself
Stuart Chambers Stuart Chambers ... Arresting Cop
John Garcia John Garcia ... Himself
Julie Haney Julie Haney ... Herself
David Holmes David Holmes ... Himself
Michael Howard Michael Howard ... Himself
Randy Kraft Randy Kraft ... Himself
Vonda Pelto Vonda Pelto ... Herself
Christopher Puttock Christopher Puttock ... Victim
Jimmy White Jimmy White ... Himself
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When police see a car weaving between lanes on a Californian highway late one night, they pull the car over. In the driver's seat is Randy Kraft. In the passenger seat is a dead body. In the boot is a list of names, and under the seat is a collection of photos of what look like dead bodies on a sofa. A former military airman, Kraft targeted marines and gay men, routinely sodomising and emasculating them before he killed them. The torture his victims endured became more and more extreme. A computer programmer with a high IQ, Kraft to this day maintains his innocence and despite the extensive evidence against him, denies killing anyone. He is currently appealing his death sentence in the Federal courts. Kraft now sits on Death Row in the infamous San Quentin prison, convicted of 16 counts of murder. Known as the "Scorecard Killer" because of a piece of paper he kept believed to be a death list of victims, conservative estimates allege he has killed at least 50 more. Others put his total... Written by Sky Vision [gb]

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20 May 2014 (UK) See more »

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The Scorecard Killer
30 November 2014 | by a_baronSee all my reviews

Overwhelmingly, serial killers are heterosexual males, and those who are motivated by perverted sexual desires target women. There have though been more than a few homosexual serial killers, and these have been amongst the most prolific and the most sadistic.

This documentary covers the case of one such monster, Randy Kraft, who became known as the Scorecard Killer. Kraft operated in California, one of the hubs of serial murder. We begin with his arrest in May 1983 as related by one of the men who arrested him, a highway patrol officer. Like the Yorkshire Ripper in the UK, Kraft was brought to book by chance, in his case he was driving somewhat erratically, and in the passenger seat was his final victim.

An examination of Kraft's vehicle turns up two disturbing anomalies. The first is the bloodstained car seat; as the victim had been strangled rather than stabbed or shot, this indicated that another body had been transported in it. The second and far more chilling anomaly is a list, thought to have been a scorecard, that indicated not one but many more victims.

Kraft was tried for only 16 murders, but it is believed he committed many more. Although sentenced to death in 1989, he has still not been executed. It remains to be seen if he ever will be, or if there was ever a more deserving candidate for execution. He was summed up succinctly by one contributor to this programme. Julie Haney met Kraft in prison while trying successfully to identify one of his earlier victims (for which he was not tried); she said he has no soul.

There is a fair amount of commentary and brief archive footage of Kraft himself, but largely this documentary is related through the eyes of those who put together the technical rather than the legal case against him.

There are reconstructions but nothing too graphic, and overall this is a thoroughly professional if disturbing package.


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