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Night Driving In Small Towns Serial Killer

Netflix has released another feature on an infamous serial killer, focusing on the life and arrest of an El Paso native Richard Ramirez. The four-part documentary, named "Night Stalker: The Hunt For a Serial Killer," includes interviews with survivors and two detectives who pursued Ramirez in the mid-1980s. Netflix has previously released features on Ted Bundy and Ted Kaczynski.

night driving in small towns serial killer

Lucas County Sheriff John Tharp was working in the metro drug unit at the time of the hunt for Anthony Cook. After a stakeout, Tharp was part of the team responsible for arresting the suspected serial killer. They pulled him over on the interstate.

He knew there were two different serial killers criss-crossing the Phoenix area, one of them a sniper prowling Patrick's neighborhood at night, shooting people out of car windows. But the mini-mart was just blocks away, within sight of his house. He was craving a smoke.

Police now knew they had two serial killers on the streets and began sounding the alarm in the media. One killer was shooting out of cars. The other was on foot, appearing out of nowhere to assault women, and shooting them in the head if they resisted.

On the recording, according to transcripts, Dieteman tells Hausner, "On the 5 a.m. news, it was when they first said .... Phoenix and Mesa police have now officially linked the shooting death of a young Mesa woman to the serial killer, which now brings their total to six."

As police listened to the wiretap, Hausner talked about wanting to be the best serial killer ever. The two joked about the most recent murder, that of Robin Blasnek, and made cartoonish, mocking voices as he described her reaction.

His attorneys, Tim Agan and Ken Everett, tried to exclude the damning tapes from police wiretaps, in which they were overheard bragging about their prowess as serial killers. They lost the bid, and the case lumbered on toward trial.

For weeks, the informal alliance of park rangers, patrolmen and deputies roamed across thousands of square miles in and around the park, over mountain passes, through dusty small towns and up rugged canyons. They worked overtime and overnight on stakeouts and long drives to link the growing number of puzzle pieces.

Gradually, an unsettling picture came into focus. Some park visitors reported that a ragtag bunch of young people who had camped near them had stayed up all night driving dune buggies. The local sheriff questioned and issued warnings to some hippies who were panhandling in town and trying to sell marijuana to high schoolers. Others said they saw a suspicious group crowded into a dingy, abandoned cabin on the old Barker Ranch. Their long-haired leader wore robes and preached weird sermons, and his followers were wandering around the desert naked.

The next day -- April 17 -- in the late afternoon, a Manistique couple and their two sons, 8 and 14, were driving on River Road near where Aldrich and her friends had been shooting up the stolen cocaine a few days before and saw an SUV stopped in the middle of the muddy icy road. As they got closer, they could see that it had been burned. One small wisp of smoke rose through the air.

He came back to us with a collection of research on strange happenings in the town of Portlock that is south of Homer. These stories point to a large hairy beast, smaller hairy devils that travel in packs, a wailing spirit that wandered the wilderness, and many deaths that were hard to explain.\r\n\r\nBrian Weed is the co-founder of a group called Juneau's Hidden History that primarily keeps track of things through their Facebook page. He has traveled all over Juneau and many other Alaskan towns in search of natural history and stories. His group plans frequent hikes in the area to places that have some sort of story to tell or just to see the natural beauty of the state.\r\n\r\nWeed started the story with a peculiar death in the 1930s.\r\n\r\n"A logger was out working and something or someone hit him over the head with a huge piece of logging equipment, something that one man couldn't have lifted. When they found his body, there was blood on the equipment and there was no way that one person could have done it. He was a good ten feet from the logging equipment, so it's not like he slipped, fell, and hit his head. It looked more like someone picked it up and bonked him over the head."\r\n\r\nThere are lots of accounts of creatures being seen in the area.\r\n\r\n"The local Natives started talking about a creature, a hairy Big Foot type Yeti monster and it was called the Nantiinaq or big hairy creature as it was called. At that same time, the villagers talked about seeing a spirit of a woman dressed in black clothes that would come out on the cliffs above town. They described her dress as being so long that she would have to drag it. She had a very white face and would scream and moan. The villagers would hear something and then she would disappear back into the cliff face."\r\n\r\nIn the 1920s, a man by the name of Albert Petka supposedly scared off the hairy creature with his dogs, but not before receiving a fatal blow to the chest. According to the stories, Petka survived to explain what happened, but died to his wounds soon after. There are also reports of prospectors and hunters going missing frequently to the point that it became commonplace. Their bodies were allegedly found in a creek as if their limbs had been ripped apart. A school teacher in the 1970s even talked about growing up in Portlock and also told stories of people being afraid of what could be lurking in the night.\r\n\r\nWeed considered himself a skeptic and explained what the Nantiinaq could have been mistaken for.\r\n\r\n"Maybe they were seeing an extremely large bear in the area. From a distance of say a hundred feet, your brain has never seen a bear that big, so you put together an idea of what you think you saw. If the bear is standing up say in the 10 to 12-foot range, it may be the biggest bear you've ever seen and so you're brain may not put together that that's a bear. Maybe you're seeing it from a strange angle or it's too close to trees so you can't see its whole shape."\r\n\r\nRegardless of his skepticism, there is something uncanny about several groups of people being fearful of this monster.\r\n\r\n"It's definitely an interesting story, but people swear by this. For the locals that grew up in the area, this thing has apparently existed for hundreds of years. There was a small village site at Portlock before it was founded and those people had originally moved away."\r\n\r\n"When the 1930s incidents started to happen most of the Russian Aleuts actually moved out of town for a year. The people running the cannery basically begged their workers to come back and they set up armed guards for a short period of time, trying to get their workers back in town."\r\n\r\nMonster or no, people abandoned Portlock en masse.\r\n\r\n"That we can establish as the facts. Those people did leave the town. We know when the town and post office shut down. We know that there are reported murders in the area. They called them murders, but they also included people that just went lost in those reports."\r\n\r\n"We're not talking about a dozen people. We're talking like three dozen people. If we have a serial killer in the area at the time, they took out a lot of people in the course of say 20 years."\r\n\r\nWeed told us that he hopes to visit Portlock to do some exploring.\r\n\r\n"I'm hoping to camp 3 or 4 days in the area and maybe set up some cameras just for kicks. I'm not trying to do like a Ghost Hunter special or anything, but I would like to see if there are some big brown bears in the area and what might have been seen that would cause people to be spooked."\r\n\r\nHe then explained how Juneau's Hidden History focuses mostly on things that are inherently true.\r\n\r\n"Our group has always been about telling the truth and seeing what we actually see, taking pictures of stuff. Do we believe in ghosts, miners creeping around in tunnels, absolutely not. We've seen a few things that we couldn't explain at the time, but later as we investigated it was, 'Oh these rocks slid because of this ice or the timber decided to finally break because it was all rotten.' Do we think something touched it at the time? No."\r\n\r\nThe group has many items they have collected over the years, including uncommon maps that they were given to by collectors. Those items were then scanned at a high resolution and shared with the public. Weed has also pitched a television show to the Travel Channel that aired a pilot last April with hopes that they can be picked up in the spring of next year. He says that shows that take place in Alaska often do not show true Alaska and that they hope to change that with their honest depiction of exploring the state.\r\n\r\nFind that Facebook Group here.\r\n\r\nThe full story with Brian Weed can be found ON DEMAND on our website.\r\n\r\nPhoto credit to Extreme Expeditions Northwest LLC on YouTube.","image":"https:\/\/\/258\/5bd94cda1f895.jpg","datePublished":"2018-10-31T06:56:00+00:00","url":"https:\/\/\/news\/news-of-the-north\/mysteries-of-portlock-alaska-and-the-abandonment-of-the-small-town-in-the-1900s\/","publisher":"@type":"Organization","name":"KINY","headline":"Mysteries of Portlock Alaska and the Abandonment of the Small Town in the 1900s"} Current Conditions Light Snow and 34 F at Juneau, Juneau International Airport, AK Winds are Calm. The pressure is 999.7 mb and the humidity is 89%. Last Updated on Feb 9 2023, 10:53 am AKST.

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